Fibonacci at Ramona

Today’s class was a review from last week. My students recalled how to draw the shape of a Spiral and what are some examples they might find in the world around them, based on the book, Swirl by Swirl. A monkey’s prehensile tail, a snail shell, a tornado and a rose are fantastic examples. But — Swirls are not just shapes, they also have characteristics: strength, boldness, beauty, cleverness … to learn more, I encourage you to read the book!

Together, we learned the Fibonacci sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 …) and how to draw spirals following the sequence as a guide. The kids did a great job guessing the pattern in the sequence and drawing the boxes on graph paper! Next week when it’s not raining, we’ll look for swirls in the garden …

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Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.