Origami utilizes ‘schematic learning through repeated action’. To attain success, the student must watch closely, listen carefully to specific instructions given, and then carry them out with neatness and accuracy.Student success here is determined by the activity, rather than the teacher. For many students, it teaches the patience that leads to pride in one’s work, and the ability to focus energy and increase self-esteem
A link to Mathematics
The process of transforming a flat piece into a 3D figure is a unique exercise in spatial reasoning. Origami is important to teach symmetry; for many of the folds, what you do to one side, you do to the other, just as in basic algebra. Paper folding further allows students create and manipulate basic geometric shapes as squares, rectangles, and triangles.
Origami is well suited to work with a classroom of 30 students or more. Given a multi age setting, paper folding eliminates the status associated with age difference. Younger children can teach older children. This provides an activity that works well when teeming different grade levels. Research has shown that children, who do not particularly excel in other areas, are often quick to learn origami and help their classmates master the steps.
Origami is frequently used to unite schools in thematic activity. An example is seen in Japan. Once a year, the good people of Japan remember the victims of the Hiroshima bombing. The world joins them in the remembrance, by sending a thousand cranes to Japan. There is a myth in Japan, that when you make a thousand cranes, you get to make a wish. In recognition of this, every country in which origami is practiced send a thousand cranes to Japan, in remembrance of the Hiroshima victims. We too will join in this, by folding a thousand cranes, hanging them in the school library and sending to Hiroshima, Japan. This will exemplify collaboration and bring about a satisfying achievement of a group objective. Such constructive activity will enhance unity throughout the school and produce a feeling of competence. It is flexible and convenient for all ages and abilities.
Through folding, children use their hands to follow specific set of steps in sequence, producing visible results in minutes that are both clever and pleasing. The steps must be carried out accurately to yield a successful outcome. This is a very important lesson, not just in mathematics, but in life. More so, eye and hand coordination is being greatly improved in the process.
Rooted in Asia, origami is a reflection of the ingenuity and craftiness of the Japanese culture. By participating, students gain an appreciation of different cultures, therefore, opening a doorway to further exploration and increased tolerance.