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kleinbl00  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She’ll Thank You Later.

It occurs to me that lots of "daughter skills" are pretty math-heavy: cooking (recipes), sewing (patterns) and knitting (stitch counting) just to name the first things that come to mind. Is that "practicing" math?

kantos  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·

I'd say so. Nearly all of our "prescriptives" about proportional thinking starts out with recipes

Example:

3 eggs makes 1 omelette. How many eggs will it take to make X omelettes, and vice versa.

That or an animal corresponding to number of legs in a group of said animal. Identifying patterns are also a big one for younger ages.

Most of this all builds into more complex ideas like similar (proportional) geometric shapes and exponential growths/series and sequences down the line. Best I can tie stitch counting back to is analytical thinking?

kleinbl00  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·

Best I can tie stitch counting back to is analytical thinking?

Whelp, you start with a pattern. Then you have to size it. Then you have to try it out with your yarn and needles a few times with adjustments. Then you run everything through your conversion factor. It's like a recipe except with trial and error, multiple conversion factors and the necessity of remembering multiple different things with their hands.

kantos  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·

OH, thanks. Yup, that looks about right - 'proportional thinking' and 'patterns's love child... on steroids. Damn, I have an added layer of respect for flac's level of patience.

kleinbl00  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·

Knitting is no joke. I've watched my wife dismantle 3 hours of work before because somewhere, back there, she's off a stitch.

kantos  ·  192 days ago  ·  link  ·

Eeehh, this is dusting off memories of making my Tallit bag for my bar mitzvah from needle point. Some coming of age gift...