Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Happy Square Root Day!
Happy Square Root Day everybody!!
I hope you all have your square root decorations ready to go for this joyous day!
Square Root Day only happens about nine times a century, so it's important to be ready for it.
We Smiths will be celebrating by playing multiplication games and discussing square roots, eating root vegetables cut into squares, and personally I will be reading "The Housekeeper and the Professor" by Yoko Ogawa because one of the main characters is a boy nicknamed root for the fact that his hair tends to resemble a square root sign.
(We also celebrate Pi day on March 14, but we skip Euler's Day, because it falls too close to our celebrations of Groundhog's Day and President's Day. A person can only have so many parties. We're finicky like that.)
This morning I said "Happy Square Root Day" to Nathaniel. When he asked what square root day was, I foolishly forgot the blooming math geek I was talking to and said, "Well, you need to know multiplication to understand it, but..." and then I proceeded to use the examples of 4, and 9, and 16. I figured he would happily trot off then, but instead he offered up 100 as his own example of understanding, leaving me slack jawed and Todd beaming with pride, one math geek to another.
I know they haven't covered that in Kindergarten yet.