## Let Them Eat Pie!

March 13, 2011 by Beth B.

This is it. Preparations are being made for the one day this math-phobic homeschool mom looks forward to all year long. The one day where upper elementary math doesn’t give me a headache. The one day I don’t cringe when I hear a certain Greek letter being used to represent an irrational and infinite number. The one day we throw caution to the wind and eat pie all day long in honor of Pi Day!

Pi Day, celebrated March 14 (3.14), is a day set aside to delight in the mathematical discovery of pi, that mysterious number we get when we divide the circumference of a circle (distance around) by its diameter (distance across). Mathematicians believe the value of pi will always be an approximation because, in decimal form, it has not terminated or begun repeating a set pattern of numbers. Mathematicians have calculated pi to 1.24 trillion digits, with no conceivable end in sight.

In addition to eating ridiculous amounts of pie in honor of this math mystery, there are several ways to provide more substantial learning activities for you and your kids. Scholastic has a wealth of fun and useful ideas and links, including videos and songs celebrating the wonders of pi. One activity we like is Cutting Pi — we find something circular in our home (a plate or Frisbee works well) and carefully measure the circumference with a piece of string. From there, we stretch that string circumference across the diameter of our object, cutting as many string diameters as we can. Any guess as to how many we end up with? A little more than three (3.14)!!

If you have kids who want to try their hand at memorizing the digits of pi, you can find the number, up to one million digits, here. The world-ranking list of Pi Memorizers highlights top accomplishments and the How to Memorize Pi web site has some useful strategies to get them started.

If your kids are like me and just want an excuse to eat more dessert, here are some fantastic vegan pie recipes from homeschool mom and author Lisa Cottrell-Bentley and more from Baking Bites.

Not a baker? The thought of rolling out dough and baking pies for all three meals and a dessert makes you shudder? Celebrate the circle instead — pancakes or bagels for breakfast, mini pizzas for lunch, a bowl of soup or stew for dinner. Just be sure to have pie for dessert!

Happy Pi Day!

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on March 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm |Magic and MayhemGreat links and ideas! We love celebrating Pi Day here too. I included this post in a round-up of fun ways to celebrate on my blog: http://magicandmayhem.homeschooljournal.net/2011/03/13/monday-is-pi-day/

Happy Pi Day! 🙂

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