Art and math have a lot in common with each other. Can you think of an example of their relationship? Guess you are trying to think about one now. ‘Got you’. Ok. Let’s continue. You can rightly say Art is related to Maths and vice versa. In fact, you can see the math in art and the art in math! Patterns, shapes, geometry, symmetry, spatial reasoning, proportional reasoning, etc… are all a part of the arts (visual art, music and dance), as they are of mathematics. Some of what you see your child doing in school in the arts, is also an engagement with mathematical ideas at the same time! Like the music notes in music are related to number fractions. By blending mathematics and the arts, students learn in ways that are intellectual, emotional and physical. Children learn in many different intriguing ways, and research tells us that participating in the arts is one way that is very engaging for all of us. It broadens your mind and widens your imaginative ability. A child stringing beads in a pattern on a string or creating a patterned bracelet is creating an understanding of patterning, although to them it may look simply like a pleasing design or a craft. When a child learns to play the piano, they are developing mathematical understanding of the relationships between scales, notes and chords. Symmetry can be seen in the symmetrical features of a butterfly or in a design when building. Children may notice patterns in wallpaper, styled dress or on a phone cover, rhythmic beats or repeated choreography in music videos or chords in a popular song. There is math everywhere! We live in it. What can you see in these pictures? How might you and your child notice and name the mathematics in the arts (visual, music and dance) that you encounter? Making the links helps deepen the understanding of both! Interested in more?! Search on the internet for www.artfulmaths.com/mathematical-artlessons.html to see an example of mathematics at work in nature and art! Holiday Math: Take advantage of math in the world Summer is a great time to learn how math relates to the real world. Math is everywhere! Help your child prevent “summer learning loss” by taking advantage of the many great opportunities to practice math naturally! Below are a few ideas to get you started: Playing chess during the holiday teaches your child to understand coordinates, position and directions when they move the pawns around… Cooking can involve weighing, measuring, ordering, estimating, adding, multiplying … Restaurants and shopping can involve money, number identification, estimating, adding, subtracting, division … Parties can involve matching numbers of people to plates, cutlery, area of tables, estimation, multiplication … Trips can involve time, distance, budgeting, speed, evaluating various routes, license plate games (e.g. adding or multiplying the numbers on the plate) … Home projects can involve estimation, measuring, multiplication … Gardening can involve measuring, counting, area, division, perimeter … These ideas all demonstrate how much math is involved in our daily lives and will support your child in his or her basic computation and problem-solving skills in natural, fun and real ways.