## Happy Pi Day!

In case you’re scratching your head…**Pi Day** falls on **March 14**. It’s as a celebration of the first 3 significant numbers of the math constant represented by the Greek letter **π—3.14**

Remember calculating the area of a circle?

Divide any circle’s circumference by its diameter; the answer (whether for a pie plate or a planet) is always approximately 3.14.

**Pi** has a rich history beginning in the ancient world. Some attributed magical meaning to **π**. For a few thousand years, mathematicians have been scratching their heads over its properties.

Pi Day is celebrated around the globe with pie eating, math chats, contests, and related activities. MIT has been known to send out its admission decisions on March 14. San Francisco’s Exploratorium has an entire exhibit devoted to this mysterious number.

Could you compete in a Pi memorization contest?

This is a particularly impressive feat as there appears to be n**o repeating pattern** in the constant.

Kids (and grownups, too) are fascinated by the idea that** Pi never ends**! In other words, if you write it out as a decimal, you’re going to need a ton paper.

** 3.1415926535897932384626433…**

Maybe your children, or grandchildren, are lucky to have a school celebration today for this irrational number.

When my kids were home, I baked a pie on March 14. We explored circle art and puzzles.

As an educator, I’m passionate about helping kids see math as more than arithmetic. As a private tutor, I’m often dismayed by the dull and relentless worksheets kids get for math homework.

And don’t get me started on the state of math education.

I advise parents not to leave their child’s math learning to school. Supplement and augment.

Kids need to develop a strong number sense. Make math a part of your daily life together: cooking, building, measuring, counting, estimating, banking, graphing, calculating, sorting, scoring, and shopping.

Introduce the language of math to little ones. No need to keep negative numbers a secret until sixth grade. *Hey, it’s minus ten degrees in Boston! *

Play with polygons and trapezoids and tessellations.

Read your kids and grandkids fun **math-related picture books:**

*Sir Cumferen** ce and the Dragon of Pi* by Cindy Neuschwander

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** The Grapes of Math **by Greg Tang

** Circle, Square, Moose **by Kelly Bingham.

* Count the Monkeys* by Mack Barnett

** Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13** by Helaine Becker

My favorite, for older readers–** The Number Devil** by Hans Magnus Enzensburger

In my middle-grade novel, One Is Not A Lonely Number, Talia, the 13-year-old narrator, is a math whiz who sees numbers in color with distinct personalities. While the story is about friendship, family, and faith, math plays an important role. I wanted to offer young readers a good story while presenting a girl’s love of numbers in a unique way. Kids write to me saying they enjoyed this aspect of the book.

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**How do you feel about math?** What color is your favorite number?

I’d love to hire you as my private math tutor.

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Sorry, I’m all booked.

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Happy Pi Day! My favorite site is https://www.angio.net/pi/piquery. There you can quickly search the digits of pi to find where your phone number, birthdate, or other special numbers appear.

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Thanks, Joyce. That’s so cool. It kind of reminds me of the Biblical Codes. 🙂

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Happy Pi Day! 🙂

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I hated maths in school but I think I actually enjoy the sense of it. I’m not great and which I’d have learned more (maybe read through the textbooks and worked through them rather than skipping all classes and not finishing the textbook before the GCSE)

What colour is your favourite number? What IS your favourite number? (I can’t answer as I don’t have a favourite number, I like odd numbers better than even, and those that are cool like 24842 or 14510)

Love, light and glitter

Shabbat shalom

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Eliza, I’m not surprised you didn’t like math in school. Most kids do not, even the ones who are good at it. Never too late to learn on your own. Perhaps I should ask, what is your lucky number? I like 8 (as does my character). She sees it as sky blue with perfect symmetry. Shabbat Shalom, to you, too! Thanks for stopping by.

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I didn’t know there was such a thing as a ‘lucky number’.

Maybe 7. Or 9. Or 13. No, not 13. 7 or 9.

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