Monday, June 2, 2014

Finding Fractals


After reading Fractals in Frozen? @ Running with Team Hogan, I had been wanting to learn a little more about fractals—just a little, mind you, as I’m still in the “grammar” stage of such complex mathematical and scientific ideas (not my forte) and I find myself easily intimidated.

Today, while at the library, I stumbled across a beautiful new picture book by Sarah and Richard Campbell. It caught my eye immediately because I remembered enjoying their book about Fibonacci Numbers, Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature. Their most recent book, Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature, is just as lovely. The photography is beautiful, and both are great (simple) introductions to the mathematical and scientific patterns for younger children (and their parents who did not learn such things in school).


I read it in the truck while waiting for Levi at swim practice, and my fingers were itching to do some doodling when we arrived home. Mom doodling with markers at the kitchen table is apparently an irresistible sight to young boys, so Leif joined me. He excitedly read the book and started in on his own fractal trees. And then Levi and Luke wanted to know all about fractals…

Yes, we know how to party on a Monday evening!


Ashley said...

I just read this to my kids! It was so interesting and after that they were searching for fractals everywhere.

Becki @ Running with Team Hogan said...

I'm glad my husband's post spurred you on to more learning! Those books look wonderful. I'm going to have to see if our library has them.

Kristen said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I just found the Mysterious Patterns book at my library website and put it on hold.