Fibonacci was a mathematician in Italy in the early 12th century. He discovered a common pattern (spirals) that corresponded to a mathematical sequence. It's visible in nature, architecture, music and much more. From the tiniest cells to the far reaches of the universe, the Fibonacci sequence is at work. It is almost like a sacred spiral.
The Fibonacci sequence looks like this in everyday life:
And here is the math behind it: “The next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. The 2 is found by adding the two numbers before it (1+1). The 3 is found by adding the two numbers before it (1+2). The 5 is (2+3), and so on.” 1
Here is a fun little video that gives a basic break down of how it works:
As a Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) community literacy coordinator working with schools, I am always trying to stay on top of what we are succeeding at and what issues need our attention. One of the areas that needs a boost is numeracy – MATH. Parents and caregivers more easily understand the need and ways to support their children with reading. With math, not so much.
Here’s the thing, math is super cool, and we need to get that message out. It is all around us in our everyday lives, but we generally don’t see it. The Fibonacci sequence is a really interesting way to start exploring math. Take a walk and see where you can find it. Flowers, pinecones, shells, spider webs, architecture – the list goes on and on. Once you start looking you might be surprised at how often you see it!
For more information and suggestions on ways to explore the Fibonacci sequence, check out this website:
Nature has a sacred geometry and it is fascinating to learn about it. Just start Googling, and you will find out some amazing facts It's truly incredible that math plays a part in all of this. Happy exploring and learning!
If you are interested in learning how to better support a child’s early math skills, contact your local CBAL community literacy coordinator at cbal.org
Community Literacy Coordinator - Golden
Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy