TEANECK, N.J., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Kumon Centers across Manhattan are joining the rest of the world in honoring Pi Day. The mathematical constant pi is most commonly known for its use in calculating the area or circumference of a circle. Generally approximated at 3.14159, pi is infinite in nature, which makes it a fun challenge to memorize.

When it comes to math, many Kumon students love a challenge! In fact, several students attending Kumon Centers throughout Manhattan celebrated Pi Day by reciting as many digits of pi as they could recall from memory.

«Success in math is related to a genuine interest and appreciation of the subject,» said Dominique Ciccarelli, Ed.M., education expert for Kumon North America. «Students enrolled in Kumon increase their confidence as a result of improved mental calculation, logical reasoning and problem-solving skills.»

Give these «Pi-tastic» activities a try!

• Enjoy Pi-Themed Foods. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring circumference, diameter and fractions by making a pizza pie or a dessert pie of any kind. Or you could even try making a pie in the shape of pi or adding the symbol to any circular treat.
• Play Pi-Themed Games. Have a memorization or recitation contest with a prize for the winner. Even the youngest mathematician can participate in the making of a pi paper chain. Different colored paper strips are paired with numbers (e.g., red with two, blue with four). The strips are then linked in the order of pi.
• Calculate Pi. Have children cut out circles of different sizes by tracing popular circular household items. See if they can calculate pi by having them measure the diameter and circumference of each circle.

If you share our love for math, and want to create this spark in your child, learn more about the Kumon Math Program.