March 14 marks the Pi Day, a special occasion for circles. How do students in Kaiwen see π?
π, approximately 3.14, is an infinite non-repeating decimal. It is of special importance to irrational numbers as well as trigonometric function.
Students of primary math group in Kaiwen’s Haidian campus organized an interesting activity about Pi with the purpose of helping students better understand the math term and inspire them to explore secrets around it. Having fun was frequently expressed by students that day. Math is no boring, but full of surprises and intriguing secrets.
Math + life + art = fun
Mathematics is a creative art because mathematicians live, act, and think like artists.
--- By Paul Halmos
Teachers of the math department arranged math activities of rich contents based on the characteristics of students of different learning stages. Children from kindergarten to the third Grade took part in activities applying math to hand-made projects. From circle drawing to jigsaw, posters painting, statistical graphics, circumference measuring, Aeolian bell Pi, hat Pi, and foot-bag Pi, project works emerged from nothing to complexity. Through observation and practice, children discovered that math can be integrated with life and art in such a fun manner.
Math + performance + cooperation = fun
Mathematics is a kind of rational spirit, makes possible the use of the human mind to the point of the most perfect.
--- By Klein
Students of the fourth and fifth grades prepared a math theater in advance and staged it for each class. Young performers were so passionate about the theater that they put all of their energy into it. By working with others, students interpreted the theme of π and learned how to solve real problems with math thinking.
Pi Day gives students an opportunity to experience the infinity and breadth of math. While bringing children surprises and fun, the event intrigued them to explore the secrets around math. This is one of the teaching characteristics in Kaiwen Academy. We are committed to enabling students to discover the fun of learning and explore the world with curiosity.
As one of the six academy-like teaching systems in Kaiwen, the math teaching attaches great importance to actual application. For example, in the first semester of 2018 to 2019 school year, when they were on a learning trip to Singapore under the program of traveling classroom, students related what they had learned to the experience in a local math class. They had the distance from math brought closer and grew into young “academics” in the process of learning and thinking.
We provide ladders that children need in their growth.