The biggest Pi Day ever has since passed. It was celebrated on 3/14/15 at 9:26 am and 53 seconds, so that we had 3.141592653…! We will not be seeing this for about another hundred years, but we still get to celebrate Pi Day every year on March 14th! To learn more for yourself, or for your older children, try http://www.piday.org
What about for our younger children? We can:
1. Begin experimenting with measuring different circles with a piece of string and then taking that against a ruler to figure out length, which leads to,
2. Talking about circumference (which is really finding the perimeter of the circle, or length
3. Looking at diameter (the length or distance across the circle),
4. Looking at Radius, which is half the length of a diameter of a circle, and
5. Compare! Get the circumference of any circle you are measuring and divide that by the measurement of its diameter. What number do you get? Get another circle and take its circumference and diameter and compare. What number do you get? How does that compare with the other circle?
6. This item can be either you number one choice to do before choices 1-5, or you can save this best for last. Read story books about Pi! This one is really fun and doesn’t take a whole lot of planning.
1. Monday- Reading a Math Story
2. Tuesday- Math under Numbers
Something to Think About:
For yourself, search through the internet on Pi. Go to the library and look for books about Pi and read them for yourself and for your children. For Pi, it is not just about that one day our of the year to learn about it, it is most importantly about seeing how this relates to the world around you and your children.
The more you and your children can see how you interact and deal with mathematics in everyday life and in nature, the more comfortable you will become in learning mathematics. Learning about math is for everyone. Mathematics is not just for the ones who go to college, or because they are a certain gender, mathematics is something that is all around us and everyone can study it.
So we can we celebrate Pi Day? Of course! Celebrate math everyday! 🙂