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Peter Pattern Teaches Children to Recognize and Mimic Pattern

Peter Pattern takes children on a pattern seeking adventure finding threads that repeat in fabrics, notes that repeat in music, petals that repeat on flowers and numbers that ascend or descend in regular integrals: See that set of numbers shrinking in a way that gets you thinking—could there be a rule behind it? Is it there and can you find it? Poetry, whimsical illustrations and math combine in this colorful book read by the author, award winning poet (and mathematician) M. W. Penn.

M. W. Penn

45 Minute Program

 

$160


Do you see it? Do you? Do you? Can you be a pattern guru?
Seeking, searching, here and there, Finding pattern everywhere?
As we read Peter Pattern, a humorous story in rhyme from M. W. Penn's book ADDverse, we stop to examine its comic illustrations of multicolored frogs on lily pads, a horse jumping obstacles, a chef baking cakes and more, and on each page we stop to identify the patterns we see or mimic the patterns we might hear. Pattern recognition is essential to data analysis, now more than ever an important element in the study of mathematics, and children are able to recognize pattern at a very early stage of development. So come along and learn to be a guru.
If time allows, M. W. Penn will also read her book, It’s a Pattern, illustrated in photographs and published by Capstone Press. The session also affords children the opportunity to meet with an award winning author 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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