Friday, January 30, 2009

Next week calculus...

REQUEST:  If you're here for the blank Venn diagram like so many others are, send it to me at amanda at 4molnars dot com, I'm now publishing some of my favorites.

UPDATE:  This is my most popular post to date.  I get at least 50 hits a day (whoa big time :D ) looking for "Blank Venn Diagram".  I'm thrilled to have everyone here!  Welcome.

Do you know what a Venn Diagram is? I'm sure you do. They look like this:

According to the all knowing Wiki, "they are diagrams that show all hypothetically possible logical relations between a finite collection of sets (groups of things)". The above is a simple one and the example that my five year old explained to me.

The kids have a great Gifted Resources Specialist in their school that spends time each week with all the Kindergartners. Yesterday she spent time showing them these diagrams. Skyler drew it all out for me last night. This is the example she showed me:

Then she carefully showed me where each shape should go:

She was so proud of herself and used her "teacher" voice as she taught me. I had so much fun learning about Venn Diagrams with her and slightly amazed at how easily she picked up this concept. I'm wondering when they're going to introduce calculus. I think the spongy little five year old brains are much more likely to get the hang of it than the teenager brains!

Oh and just for fun, my friend Ashley who is a hundred weeks pregnant with her third bundle of joy, shared this Venn Diagram on her facebook page:


  1. Your five year old is smarter than me.

  2. I love the pregnancy diagram!

  3. LOL! I popped over to let you know that the new Mudflats url is, and that you've still got the old one up.

    But what a treat to find the pregnancy diagram. That's hilarious!

    And thanks for linking! :0)

  4. I love that I am a hundred weeks pregnant. It feels more like 105 weeks but whatevah...

    I used Venn diagrams for EVERYTHING with my 5th graders. I, too, am impressed that Skyler took to the concept so quickly. You must start using them more often.

    Loved the pregnancy Venn diagram and am glad you posted it - great timing!

  5. OMG that is the best pregnancy diagram EVER! Your friend is a genius.

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