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Pi Day – Idea #3

by Early Math Counts

Pi Day is a wonderful opportunity to reinforce some calendar concepts with the children.  On Friday during circle time or large group, use 3.14 to explain that even though months have “names” and days have “names” they also have corresponding numbers.

January is the first month of the year – so we call it “1.”  February comes next, so we call it “2.”  Then comes March, and we call it “3.”  It is the 3rd month of the year.  Each day of the month is also numbered and Pi Day is on the 14th day of the month of March.

This very simple explanation includes dates, cardinal numbers, and ordinal numbers. Although I wouldn’t expect most of your youngest children to really make sense of this (dates and times are far too abstract for preschool-aged children) early exposure to these concepts is absolutely fine.

There you have it – Pi Day Group Time.

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