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Read a Story in Rhyme and Compare Numbers with Sidney the Silly Who Only Eats 6

Literature and number sense combine in this session, with children counting and comparing quantities as King Sidney will only eat groups of 6 and his chef, Brolly from Brixes, tires of making sixes. Children enjoy listening to a good story, entering an imaginary world created by great illustrations and hearing the pattern of a bouncing rhyme. But because young children also face the difficult early task of learning to count and compare numbers, in this blend of poetry and early mathematics we do both.

M. W. Penn

45 Minute Program

 

$150


We read my award winning picture book, Sidney the Silly Who Only Eats 6, and transport children to the imaginary world of a mischievous young king who refuses to eat anything that is not grouped into six: 6 string beans, 6 peanuts, 6 peppermint sticks, 6 jelly sandwiches, 6 apple pies, 6 baked potatoes with sand in their eyes. Soon the talented chef of the palace, Chef Brolly from Brixes, grows frustrated by making only 6 (Poor Brolly could never make 5 from his mixes, If Sidney the Silly would only eat sixes.) and Brolly’s many attempts to lure Sidney into eating 7, 11 or more lead children to count and compare numbers as we ask, “Is 8 greater than 6? Is 4 less than 6?” Eventually Brolly quits. In order to entice him to stay in the palace Sidney must learn to compromise, as, happily, he also learns to divide. Along the way, children have enjoyed a story and practiced, over and over, the vital early task of counting and comparing numbers.
The session also affords children the opportunity to meet with an award winning author/poet who studied mathematics, wrote software and software documentation, and designed data base systems.

About the Author

An engaging story, a rollicking rhyme, a riddle in a poem, a basic concept of mathematics…. WAIT. Stop right there. We all love the joys of literature: a good story, a bouncy rhyme. But polygons? Computation? FRACTIONS? MW Penn is an award winning author and poet, and also a mathematician who designed software systems for AT&T, the University of Florida and the FDA. Now she writes children’s books centered on basic concepts of mathematics with titles such as Square Bear, a fairy tale of polygons; Sidney the Silly Who Only Eats 6, an award winning story of number comparison; Peter Pattern, who explores pattern and order; and the Capstone series, Pebble Math.

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