# Rabbit Trails and Fibonacci Poetry

### Homeschooling Memories…

Well, I hadn’t planned on spending my day that way. But one of the great things about homeschooling is the freedom to follow rabbit trails.

While browsing the Carnival of Homeschooling, I found a link to Farm School blog’s article Fib Foolery, which sent me to Gotta Book for his articles The Fib and More Fibbery (read the comments on both threads, but be warned that some are crude) and several other posts, all of which set me off on a morning of poetic fun.

A “Fib” is a Fibonacci poem. It’s based on syllable count, like a haiku, but the lines follow the Fibonacci counting series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8… Each number is the sum of the previous two numbers.

I knew what I was going to share at our Tuesday Teatime and Poetry Reading that afternoon.

Here’s the best one I’ve come up with so far:

Math:
Word
Problem,
Mental play.
Archimedes shouts,
“Eureka! I figured it out.”

### The Kids Join the Fun

While we always enjoyed our tea and poetry times, that day was the only one that inspired the kids to actually write poetry themselves.

My 7yo dd was so proud to be able to count syllables and write:

Cat.
Soft.
Pretty,
But sleeping.

While my 12yo ds really took off, creating more than a dozen Fibs. His first two are still his favorites:

Ducks
Have
No luck,
But they do
Have many feathers.
Hunters like to shoot ducks a lot.

and

Paul
Is
Revered
A lot by
Paul Revere’s Fan Club.
What is Paul’s last name, anyway?

Feature photo: “Rabbit” by Save the Bay via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

## 7 thoughts on “Rabbit Trails and Fibonacci Poetry”

1. How creative to combine the Fibonacci Sequence with poetry! This definitely gets kids to pay attention to the numbers, in order to use them. If you use something, you tend to understand and remember it far better than just hearing about it.

I wonder what other number patterns would work?

1. Haiku, of course. And I’ve heard of people writing Pi-ku with the first few digits of pi. I imagine you could do this with almost any series that didn’t get unwieldy too fast. Doubling or times-three, maybe?

1. Love the Pi-ku idea. Tough for grownups, but I have a feeling preschoolers are a wiz at it!

2. I
Like
All your
Math ideas.
Thank you very much.

3. Nicky says:

Micah’s:
Tanks’
Guns
Shoot a
Destructive
Cannon that explodes
They are so good on all terrain

1. Hi, Nicky! Micah’s poem reminds me of Sunday School, when the kids have time to doodle before church starts. The girls all draw houses and flowers, and the boys mostly draw explosions. Sometimes guns or robots, accompanied by big blasts. 😀

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