Sunday, March 14, 2010

IT'S NATIONAL PI DAY -- AS IN 3.14, NOT APPLE, BUT WE MADE THE LATTER JUST THE SAME

Inspired by Denise's post over at BlogHer, we're celebrating National PI Day today in full force.

In my very weak and feeble attempt to explain PI to 6- (almost 7, they would immediately correct me) year-olds, I began by quickly sketching a crude picture of the Greek mathematical symbol for PI, it's value, 3.14, and its relationship to the diameter of a circle. Sorta.

Not surprisingly, it didn't take Chago very long to connect the oh-so-hazy dots I was trying to draw and figure out why today (also 3/14) was, in fact, PI Day (and also Albert Einstein's birthday, by the by).

So before they realized that I really had no inkling about that which I was purporting to assert, I offered to make apple pie to mask my ignorance, which always goes over like Christmas in my house (the pie, not my ignorance). And food is, of course, a proven diversionary tool.

So, 2 hours later, we're knee deep in warm, homeade, Granny Smith, double-crust, apple pie WITH whipped cream, and totally claiming it as a teachable moment.

Yeah, buddy. Score one for math!


3 comments:

growingupartists said...

Very adventurous, and trendy!

Print Business Cards said...

Pi day and Pie day. Cool, Yes, I'm a math geek!

JO ANNA GUERRA (of The Adventures of Saia and Chago) said...

Lovelovelove you both for commenting on this one. :D