I’ve known Renita for a while now. Originally from America, Renita now lives in Wigtown, which the book town in Scotland, with the most stunning views across the estuary. When I’ve performed at the festival, the children have all been whipped up to a frenzy by Renita, who welcomes them in and “settles them down” [...]
Intro to geometry for primary kids
I was so impressed with the sample pages I bought this book immediately and whizzed through it. This book helps refresh those of us who did geometry a LONG time ago, and puts everything simply enough that you can use it to help your kids learn it too.
The videos are superb instruction in how to construct shapes using a pencil, compass and ruler and bisect lines and angles. All of which is coming for your child in school, so it helps if YOU know how to do it. The great thing about the videos is that your child can select the chapter relevant to their current topic of study, use the video to follow step by step, pause, play and go again as necessary.
The jokes are enjoyably cheesy, perfect for a primary school audience, the comic-book character illustrations and simple animations attractively add to the text and I enjoyed the overall look of the book, which does NOT feel at all ‘textbookish’, but instead manages to get across all the important stuff in a fun story style. At the end of each short chapter is a 3-question quiz designed to point children to the right answers, and if they get it wrong, they can keep checking till they find the right answer. It feels very low pressure and I think children will enjoy it.
Cleverly done, and thank you for creating this book, Mr Rayner.
I highly recommend this book
I love it when a plan comes together! I’ve been working like crazy to get my Euclid project up and running by the end of the month – why? Well I’m debuting Euclid at the Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland (why not come along?). This will be my third visit to the festival and the organisers now feel like old friends. Because of that I feel safe trying something new with them, and they are being kind in letting me try!
There is nothing like a deadline to get you moving though! I think I made the decision while working on the iPad version of Euclid. I thought it would be great to do book version too, so I looked at the calendar, worked backwards and decided it was do-able.
I’m a week ahead of schedule. The books have arrived, my banner is magnificent, postcards and posters are printed and I’m ready to go – just waiting for the Tee-shirt!
If you would like a signed copy of the book the head over to eBay where I have them for sale. Buy one and you will also receive a Free A3 Poster!
Meanwhile, the ebook for iPad, which contains extra video tutorials, is riding high at number 2 on the Us Science Charts on iTunes – how amazing is that? You can download a preview for free here.
If you would like me to come and visit your school for a Euclid Geometry day full of story and drawing and constructing angles, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
After a crazy summer of hard work, my Euclid project is now ready and available on iPad. I think you are going to love this fresh, exciting new way to learn the basics of geometry for Primary and K-6.
You can download the iPad version here right now – a preview is available for free. It’s got off to a good start in the US!
Euclid – The Man Who Invented Geometry, is loosely based on Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, which nowadays looks like a very complex text book for a secondary, 7-13 age group.
The wonder of Euclid is his axiomatic approach. He starts with the simplest idea – a point in space – then adds another point and joins them with a line (or a segment if you want to be really precise!) By adding simple concepts, Euclid soon builds up the basics of geometry in easy, understandable steps.
This project is written as a story, with the character of Euclid, a genial old fellow, explaining things to his friends, who make terrible geometry jokes as they try to tease their teacher! (What exactly do sausages have to do with geometry?)
The iPad version has videos built in, to help explain the trickier parts of geometric construction.
The paper book is almost ready. It will be premiereing at the Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland on Saturday the 29th. If you’re that way, come along. Otherwise I’m taking bookings for Euclid days in Schools and Libraries, which should be great fun.
Next will come a book on three dimensional models and how to make them – that should be fun! Maybe Pythagorus after that?
This is my first self-published original project and I’m really proud of it. I’ve aimed it at young mathematicians who need a story and a drawing lesson or two and at artists who like a story and need to learn a bit of mathematics. I’m sure your children are going to enjoy learning the beautiful subject of geometry and will soon find themselves to be “Friends of Euclid”too!
I’ve upload the finished ebook of Euclid to the iBook store for iPad.
I’ think that uploading on a weekend is a bad idea. My ebooks seem to get put to the back of the cue when I do that. Maybe it’s taking time because I called it a textbook. maybe they check those out more than others?
While I wait, I was inspired to do the little drawing on this page for the <a href=”http://www.illustrationfriday.com”>Illustration Friday</a> website, whose theme is “Tall” this week. check them out it’s a fascinating website if you like illustration.
I’m having great fun with this project. I loved Geometry when I was young and geometry so informs what I draw. An understanding of simple geometry helps so much in shape and pattern recognition when sorting out how to draw something. I think a bit of geometry is a great thing for would-be artists to have.
The idea of the ebook is to show shapes and how they are constructed using story, illustration, diagrams and How to videos.
I’m planning on making a paper version too. I need to get on with things because I’m booked to give a Euclid session at the Wigtown Book Festival at the ned of September. There’s nothing like a deadline to keep a project moving!
Euclid and his friends show you all the different types of triangle in this fun, new video.
My new Geometry series is picking up fans! And it is picking up praise too!On the day that the Higg’s Boson is announced it seems fitting that I’m doing a series that might just inspire someone into the world of geometry that is the foundation of maths and science, who may just one day come up with the unifying theory… you never know!
I’m so pleased that people are liking the series. It’s a lot of work and was a big risk – taking a new direction on the drawstuffrealeasy channel, but people seems to be enjoying it.
Don’t take my word for it – here are some of the fabulous comments:
My god, this Elucid thing is BRILLIANT! GrandStudable
I absolutely love these videos. I wish that someone would’ve explained geometry to me like this when I was in elementary school. MsPoptartMonster
You are amazing story teller! and artist!!!:) PROUD TO BE GREEK!!! :D mariamaraki2001
haha, I never ever have to go to school again (well I am a bit too old for school anyway). I can just watch these videos! ^^ this is truly splendid! Jullaan89
I’m 23 and I think these are adorable! Geometry was always one of my favorite subjects! llPixel
I wish you had given me geometry lessons in 4th grade! LOL :) fandelesluthiers
“That is amazing” said Shoo Rayner’s friends…..but when is next episode coming asked Shoo Rayner’s friends genuinely impressed and wanted to watch more. :) jarahatkeify
Is it odd that I’m a grown-up and I’m still excited to see the next episode Channel9001
The story’s and narration are brilliant!, I just can’t wait till the next, I’m learning very new and interesting things to me and I’m 43, we just never stop learning do we. iBassTurD
Thanks to everyone who is enjoying this series and making me want to carry on with vim, vigour and gusto! Click here to see the whole series
How can a square be the same as a circle? Today, in this video, Euclid shows you how with his own version of String Theory – Euclid seems to have thought of almost everything way before anyone else!
In this video we get to grips with angles and come up with a measuring system for them.
Follow me on twitter – @shoorayner – for sneak previews of Euclid videos that I post as I’m filming and editing.
Yes, it’s episode three of my Euclid makes Geometry Fun series continuing on from triangles to show how the angles we learned about las week can turn a possible triangle into a circle! Sounds crazy? Well, watch the video and let Euclid show you how. Let me know what you think of this series – I’m planning on turning it into an ebook and paper book at the end.
I hope you are enjoying my Geometry series featuring a cartoon character of Euclid, the great, ancient greek mathematician. I’ve had many people ask me to show you how to draw Euclid, so her is a drawing lesson for you, featuring Copic Ciao marker pens.