# Parenting News You Can Use

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## Can Talking About Shapes Improve Math Skills Later in Life?

The next time you mention to your toddler that his pizza is shaped like a circle, or notice that your preschooler is building a tall tower with plenty of pointy corners, you might be improving his math skills later in life. Read More

### RE: Make it fun!

"Be sure to introduce new words and concepts with an emphasis on the joy of discovery."

I'm going to introduce the Signature of the Sphinx in Karpman Drama Triangles:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Self replication_of_sphynx_hexidiamonds.svg

A rep‑tile is a geometric figure whose copies can fit together to form a larger similar figure. Another way that one can think of a rep-tile is as a puzzle piece, where a larger similar figure is the entire puzzle. For example, it is well known that four congruent squares fit together to form another square. The smaller square, the puzzle piece, is a rep‑tile. In addition, four copies of the large square can be fitted together to form an even larger square. By repeating this process infinitely many times with still larger squares, we can tile the plane.

Another example is the triangle. If one makes copies, or replicas, of any triangle, four of these copies can be fitted together to form a larger triangle similar to the original triangle. One could continue this process with the larger triangle and then again with still a larger similar triangle. Again, if this process is continued infinitely many times, the plane will be tiled.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep-tile

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