We use our public library a lot. This might be an understatement.
I used to work at the library before I had kids and new a lot of the staff working there, even at our local branch. But they know me, and they know my kids and my whole family, because we are there often, and use their services, not because I used to work there.
I think if there was an award for the person or family who checks the most books, and CDs and movies out, at once, we would win. I know we would totally win… by far!
So while doing some searching for something (not sure what I was looking at the library’s catalog) I found they had these new “Discovery Kits” in different subjects. So I put some on hold for us to check out.
The first one we received was the “Angles and Shapes Discovery Kit.” We had been studying multiplications table but we took a look. We ended up studying geometry for a couple of weeks, because it inspired us. It was a great bag filled with fun activities. Lots of hands on ideas, great tools, good books too. It was lots of fun.
We’ve had these wooden geometric pieces the kids used to play with for building, so I got them out. They were a great addition to the Discovery Bag.
We learned about perimeter, and 3D shapes, and angles, and geometric shapes. I really like when we study things at different times (years) and in different ways. This bag, made us practice some of the ideas we already knew, but it was great help for new content as well. If you live in our area, I would recommend you checking these bags out. They have some holds, but it’s worth the wait, I think.
We have some friends that are moving to another country, and so this activity we did was to try to fit most of their stuff into a shipping container so they can take their things with them. Of course, we made everything up (except the part of our friends moving to another country), but it makes it much more fun when you are working with something that could be true. Right?
The Discovery Bag came with a geoboard (like this one), but we had these from a long while ago. We’ve used them, mostly for playing. This time, the kids were able to make sense of what they were making, and how to use it. We’ll go back to them in a little while I think. They were fun to use.
I liked that this geometry unit was born out of “a bag from the library”. It is something I had thought of studying some time soon, but because it was almost out of the blues, it made it much more fun to be spontaneous.
Now we have another bag. We are having fun discovering what else we can borrow from our libraries!