Did you know that March 14 is Pi Day? If you are like my husband when I told him it was Pi Day, you will expect me to bake a pie for you to eat. Sorry to disappoint you (and him), but I'm not talking about that kind of pie :) Pi is a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and is approximately equal to 3.14159. (*Taken from Wikipedia.) Since March 14 is the 3rd month and 14th day, it is 3.14 = Pi Day :)
(*Make sure you go all the way to the end of this post to see the great giveaway we have to help you celebrate Pi Day!)
I told the kids that we were going to have a geometry day and explained that we would be learning about shapes. My 9 year old informed me, "We already know our shapes!" To which I replied, "Oh, do you?" They know their basic shapes, but we haven't done much with shapes with more than 4 sides. So, by the end of our geometry day, even my 9 year old had learned something :)
You know, it's kind of funny. When I was in school I hated math! But now that I'm homeschooling my children and teaching them math, I actually enjoy it :) I think that remembering how much I disliked math as a child is why I try so hard to make it fun for my children. The best thing about it is that my math skills are improving as I teach my children too ;)
In my last post I shared with you about a fun game I have been playing with Munchkin for math. Today I want to share with you some fun that I had with Little Man recently. We built a rocket and pretended to launch it over and over! Yes, you read that right - we played with a rocket in math class, and no, it was not rocket science :)
Munchkin is learning how to skip count! She has started skip counting by 2's, and with some fun, hands-on games and printables, she did not take very long to get it figured out! To introduce her to skip counting we watched the DVD that came with her Math-U-See Primer curriculum and sang the Skip Counting By 2 song on Math-U-See's Skip Count cd.