We are looking at 3D shapes and figures today, so I directed the kids to one of the paintings on our wall (by a Romanian artist) as an introduction. Since Micah found it simple to see the triangles, I asked her to look for "triangles with storage space inside them". Max quickly jumped in with a lecture on pyramids, which bought me time to prepare for the morning and refill my coffee cup.
Everyone (save Max) was eager to begin coloring and singing, so I borrowed a lovely creation from Lil' Country Kindergarten, a poem-song about 3D shapes.
3D Shapes Poem (PDF)
As the ladies colored, Max counted all the 3D shapes he could find in the painting. We also talked about the emergent shape- the spiral or circle in which the village is organized with a church at the center. This is a very common development pattern for Eastern European towns and small villages. Usually, you will also find a well or grazing commons near the church, reflecting the historic understanding of public goods prior to industrialization.
Finally, Max explored an online geometry lesson in which he was asked to "guess an object by its shadow". This allowed him to play with the properties of 3D figures in an indirect manner. He enjoyed it so much that he rushed off to write a journal entry about it.