The Fun of Pi Day
My middle-schooler was just beaming on the morning of March 14th. She couldn’t wait to tell me that it was Pi day (because the math symbol for pi=3.14 which is like the date 3/14) and that this year was extra special. I laughed when she told me why. She said that 3+14= 17 and this year the date for Pi Day was 3/14/17. So it was a double whammy of nerd amusement. I was kind of dying because I had to keep my nerd jokes at bay for her sake. (But inside, I was thinking: Come to the dork side, we have pi.)
When I picked her up from school later that day, I asked if her math teacher had done anything special for Pi Day, but she glumly replied that he didn’t do anything fun at all. She was ticked because the other math teachers gave their classes pie to eat on Pi Day (they must have been thinking outside the box).
Even though she was annoyed at her teacher for not embracing the math nerd holiday, I was happy. What? Happy about no pie? No, I was happy that my daughter loves math so much. There are tons of parents out there who struggle to get their kids to do their math homework every day. But my daughter does her homework without any intervention on my part.
It’s very common for kids to hate math. Less than 32% of high school seniors are proficient in math in the United States. Not only that, but 46.5% of parents surveyed by the National Center For Family Literacy said that they struggled with helping their kids with math because they didn’t understand it themselves. But my daughter and I are not in that group.
Am I bragging? Why yes, I am. But here’s the important message, you can help your kids love math too. There are some easy steps you can take that will change the way your kids view math.
Make Math Fun for Kids
I’ve known a few math haters in my time and it can be a challenge to get them to do their homework. But there are a few tricks that really help. These tricks helped my daughter love math all through elementary school and into middle school. She loved it so much that she joined the school math competition.
She isn’t the typical kind of kid you would think would love math. My daughter is very athletic, loves sports, and would rather have fun with friends than do homework. She is silly, energetic, and loves goofing off just as much as the next kid. In fact, she might even have a few A.D.D. symptoms going on. But she likes math anyway. Why? Because we taught her from the beginning that math can be fun.
Here are some ways to make math fun for your kids: continue reading