Did you know they begin teaching geometry in kindergarten? I'm all for it too. Of all the math classes I took, geometry is the math I use most often. The Pythagorean Theorem has bailed me out of more than one project.
So you can imagine my delight when Aidan came home the other day chanting the five syllable word, parallelogram.
I wanted to reinforce his understanding of this new, very cool shape. So I embroidered a parallelogram on his new, plain T-shirt.
I used tangrams, one square and two triangles, to trace the parallelogram onto the tee.
Then I used Scotch tape to transfer the word "parallelogram" onto the tee. I used Word to print out the word in the desired size and font, put the printed word under a piece of clear plexiglass, a piece of tape on top of the plexiglass directly over the word, and traced the word with a Sharpie. I put the Scotch tape onto the tee and embroidered directly onto the tape. The tape peeled away easily when I finished the embroidery.
I was so excited about Aidan's t-shirt that I offered to make him a whole series of geometric tees. I was imagining a bright yellow trapezoid on a black tee, a lime green hexagon on navy blue, maybe even an orange rhombus on a blue tee; but Aidan said he prefers his t-shirts plain. He wore his parallelogram shirt today, but expressed concern that kids would make fun of him.
If anybody makes fun of his t-shirt, they are nothing but a square. Or worse yet, obtuse. And yes, I am a nerd.