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Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1 Paperback – April 7, 2016
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Level 1 in a 6-part series
With short story-based lessons, real life discovery, fun worksheets, and hands-on application, Math Lessons for a Living Education gives your child a Love for math! Math Lessons for a Living Education features a Charlotte Mason flavored blend of stories, copy work, oral narration, and hands-on experience to bring concepts to life and invite the student to explore the world around them through math.
Short, Story Based Lessons
Real Life Application
Develops Critical Thinking
Engaging, Full-Color Worksheets
Your kids will this math
'Love these math lessons, it's no longer a fight to get our work done.' - Charity.
'This is such a good math curriculum; we are so pleased with it!' - Courtney.
'This is the first Math program that my 11 year old Loves!' - Jennifer.
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.8 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 0890519234
- ISBN-13 : 978-0890519233
- Paperback : 345 pages
- Dimensions : 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
- Publisher : Master Books (April 7, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My little girl is teaching herself the foundations of basic multiplication and recognizing how to decode more complex patterns as well. She went for chomping at the bit with this workbook to being bored and disinterested before the first Exercise/Lesson 1 was completed. She has been begging since this arrived two months ago to do it and that enthusiasm just flew out the window this morning along with my money. The work in this workbook is comprised of mostly tracing and very basic patterns, loosely tied to the stories that revolve around twin siblings. With Simply Charlotte Mason's approach you take advantage of manipulatives (a variety of household items), mental math, drills, and skill building. Your student will learn the WHY behind the How. Which, in the long run, most children haven't a clue as to WHY they perform the tasks and equations in higher level maths. They get tactile exposure with everyday items, using money for most every lesson in one way or another- manipulative or mental math. Writing is not the foundation of the program unlike Math For a Living Education. MFLE will do *some* manipulative work, but it's lower in use; very much the opposite. With SCM, writing of all the tasks, is required the least. You, as the teacher, emphasis Quality, not Quantity. It's boring, tedious and overkill. At this age, K-2nd, many children still have a difficult time with the hand strength and mental concentration to do the amount of tracing and copy work that this book requires. If you are using Charlotte's methods in your home, this should concern you, be a red flag! We require our students to give us their best work the first time. Their best. Their quality, whether it's writing a single numeral or a full sentence, depending on age and skill level. As the parent, I was bored with the first exercise. So much so, that I told my child that she could either put the book away for another day or use pumpkin seeds to do the *counting* that the book required via drawing dots. She was bored, stiff! My little sunshine, who wants to be a scientist like her Daddy, who breathes reading and everyday math, just wanted to be done with the book. But Simply Charlotte Mason's math... She was engaged. She was encouraged. She used her fingers, manipulatives, mental math... she was challenged, she soared through the lesson, and was excited to continue on another day. It took 10-15 minutes to go from pg 20 to pg 35. And all with ZERO writing. This workbook? She closed it and decided her Play-Doh Math was more interesting for the day.
Will we keep using it? Probably. That's up to her. Her father and I decided that SCM's books will be our math program of choice. This workbook will be a *fun book* as she is the type of kid that actually enjoys worksheets. BUT she is only to use it so long as it doesn't frustrate her or kill her joy for Math. The minute it becomes an issue, steals her zest, induces feelings of inadequacy- she is bothered by not making perfect numbers while tracing, then the book goes away for a period of time. If this happens repeatedly- in the recycling bin it goes! This workbook is a night and day difference compared to SCM's products. You will literally study the numbers 0-100 in both books, but that is where the similarities end. If this is anything like what is taught in public schools, and some reviews have said it's a stronger math than PS... then I am very concerned for our children as a collective whole. This isn't Charlotte Mason at all. A few stories splashed in between pages of *connect the dot- draw a line-trace the number* activities isn't CM. This isn't all that different, absolutely honest, from the Curious George Math and School workbooks you can get for $9 or less. Literally! It has stories and connects said story to the math and/or Math/Science/L.A (depending on which Curious George style workbook you purchase). Which btw my kids loved! The stories used are often an abridged version from one of the classic books and it does a better job at keeping your child's attention while retaining some fun-factor, if that is a concern for a parent. You need not spend this amount of money for a workbook and certainly not, if adhering to Charlotte Mason is high on your priority level.
A couple of things that are a little frustrating are the repetitiveness. Now I believe it is a good thing and helps it stick. However, if my son has to write is numbers one more time I think I will lose him. There is copu work every day. I decided that as long as he reads me the numbers we wouldn't write them every day. Also, you dont have to go by any specific days. Sometimes we do a whole week in a day. Just depends on what we are doing. The individual days are really short and I dont feel like he learns enough by just doing that one day.
I love the stories in the book. They are beautifully done and add in other "living" things into them. So it's not all about math but also about lifecycles, animals, flowers etc.
I will be sticking with this curriculum for sure! It's made such a large difference in our lives and my sons learning!
Top reviews from other countries
I heard this particular curriculum seems to be a bit behind others so my SK student is doing grade 1 and so far it’s very basic stuff he already knows but this is solidifying his knowledge. I’m confident he’ll be able to succeed in this curriculum and if the year continues to go this great I’ll be purchasing grade 2 for him for next year!
If math isn’t your strongest/favourite I highly recommend this curriculum! :)