First meeting was on Friday 12th October, 1pm-3pm at Kenilworth Methodist Church, Station Road.

Please find below links for if you want to know more about anything covered.

Files to go with Marco's session:

- Tiling problems from 7+ session
- first hand out for 10+ group
- second hand out for 10+ group These are translated from a German web site - will add a link...

Theme for first meeting: Polygons. We will also have material on other topics, especially for Marco's sessions. Material will be for all ages, levels and abilities

I hope that both adults and children will enjoy the materials, and that both children who don't find maths fun so far, as well as those who would be considered gifted mathematically will find something to enjoy.

Although I realise that arithmetic is a popular topic, we'll avoid too much of it in the first meeting, partly just to remind people that mathematics is about far more than arithmetic, and also because I personally love geometry! But we will cover lots of other things including arithmetic in other meetings.

- Pattern blocks. Many many resources about this on the web, will add soon for people to look at after meeting
- My children have loved pattern blocks since they were babies (hence the bite marks on some; I've bought a new set for the meeting).
- Lots of places sell sets, e.g., learning resources
- There are lots of books and online material about how to use these, but you can get a lot out of just playing with them and deciding how to use them yourself

- Making polygon pictures
- Making polygon tilings and tesselations
- Making Escher art based on polygon
tessellations.
Lots of methods of doing this, I've prepared an example like
this tracing paper slide method, and will also bring instructions for the paper cut method

May be useful to print out some graph paper to put pictures on

I brought along to the meeting the book "The magic of M.C. Escher", which you can also get from Warwickshire libraries.

(Note to remind me of preparations, not used in meeting in end: I enjoyed reading about the tilings of Marjorie Rice, and reading about them here here. Checked angles here useful triangle link ) - Ruler and compass construction of polygons.

I used this video to get an idea for how to make a big compass. I also think this would be great for drawing chalk circles and geometry on the pavements... - Origami construction of polygons (triangle, square, hexagon), for example, as covered in
John Montroll's book, Origami and Math
However, almost any origami uses polygons, so we may concentrate on other models, including origami for small children.

We used the book "Start origami" by M Bolitho, which you can get out of Warwickshire libraries. - Theorems about polygons: Pythagoras theorem. Since no over 8s are expected for first meeting, we'll skip this - probably will cover at a later meeting
- Tangram puzzles - stacks of these!
- Chessboard tiling puzzles
- Pentomino puzzles
- triangle numbers, square numbers, etc - will do this at another meeting when over 8s are coming
- area of polygons on a pegboard - will do this at another meeting when over 8s are coming
- I printed out some resources from beast academy, though didn't actually use them in the end, but it's a useful page for some polygon activities.
- maybe something else?

Note, don't intend to cover polyhedra this time, since there is so much for polyhedra that can be another meeting.

Will add links soon

Meeting will probably be pretty free, choose and do activities at your own pace, which ever, whenever you want.

Plan on a "circle time" at about 2:30pm, where everyone can show their art work from meeting, or say what they liked, or show something mathematical they've brought along.

I don't intend to lead any discussion or very led session at this meeting, since Florian will probably be sitting on me, but hope to circulate around and chat with people about what they are doing. Answer questions, etc. I hope people will be able to stimulate each other, and children will enjoy talking to each other about what they are doing, and creating and problem solving together.

We don't want this to be your "usual" maths class type meeting, I hope there will be lots of fun and laughter and creativity.

Also, you might be thinking: "my child knows what polygons are - shape recognition is just for babies" - however, although babies can play with polygons there is plenty of material for all levels. Even in 2015 a new kind of pentagon was discovered that tiles the plane - picture here tiling picture So, there are university researchers discovering new things about polygons, and there are interesting things to do with polygons at all stages between, so I hope this will be a good meeting. We will have a different topic for the next one.

Apologies for current primitive state of this page, will update before long!

Planning future meetings on topics such as

- Whole numbers: puzzles, patterns, games, sequences like the Fibonacci sequence, and Pascal's triangle, etc
- games with counters - board games, solitare, tower of Hanoi, anything that could be interpreted as a game with counters
- coding and cryptography
- Polyhedra, giant geodesic dome....
- Circles, spirals, wheels, things that go round...
- Infinitely big and infinitesimally small - very big and very tiny - fractals, fractions, calculus, paradoxes of infinity....
- etc....

About me (Helena Verrill): you might want to know who I am - I'm home schooling Tobi and Florian, aged 5 and 10, but for many years worked professionally as an academic mathematician, teaching up to and including Ph.D. level - this does not necessarily qualify me to teach at lower levels, but I hope we will help you enjoy mathematics. I currently teach part time at Warwick University. I enjoy origami mathematics, and about 20 years ago made a page about some of my designs, which seems not to have died yet.

Marco Schlichting
will also be helping, but since he works full time at Warwick University, most of the work of preparing the meetings, web site, communications, materials, etc, is up to me!

Marco taught Music Together - a music class for 0-5 year olds - for 7 years, so has quite a bit of experience with teaching young children.
Perhaps sometime we can include some music in the maths club!

Marco will run 2 or three short led sessions for different age groups -
these are for parents together with their children. We take a "maths together" approach, similar to the "music together" approach taken in the music class. Even more in home education than otherwise, you are your child's first teacher, and want to be able to do things together, including maths, with young children