I came across this quote in Lockhart’s Lament: (www.Maa.org/Devlin/LockhardLament.pdf) “In
In fact, if I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of
destroying a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I
couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently being done I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soulcrushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education.” [Paul Lockhart published in 2002]
This quote resonated with me because my intent in my workbook is precisely to engage a “child’s natural curiosity” and “love of pattern-making.”
Mathematics is the Science of Patterns. For more on patterns in mathematics, I recommend Keith Devlin’s Mathematics, the Science of Patterns. The book’s subtitle is: the Search for Order in Life, Mind, and the Universe.