Math Lessons for a Living Education: Book 2
Category Description for Math Lessons for a Living Education
What is a living education? Living education is the real life application of the things you learn. When this approach is applied to math, it is not taught in a vacuum; rather, mathematical concepts are integrated into every day situations. This is the Charlotte Mason approach to education, and the authors of this curriculum have captured the spirit of the methodology in this easy-to-use series.
This beginning math series is a five-book set that tells the story of a brother and sister, Charlie and Charlotte, their family, and their adventures. In Book 1, they visit their grandparent’s farm and learn numbers, shapes, place value, addition and subtraction. Along with number skills, the children learn about gardening, baby farm animals, nature, family, and love through their adventures. In the first 30 lessons of Book 1, children will learn about numbers 0-9, place value, rectangles, circles, addition, subtraction, skip counting with 2, 5, and 10, telling time with minutes and hours, and more. The last 6 lessons of the book review the topics covered in the first 30 chapters.
Book 2 follows the adventures of Charlie and Charlotte once they have returned home from their grandparent’s farm. Using the same format as Book 1, the content picks up where Book 1 leaves off, teaching addition and subtraction (including carrying & borrowing), numbers to 100, simple fractions, word problems, skip counting, inches/feet, perimeter, dollars/cents, temperature, graphs, pounds/ounces, liquid measure, along with the seasons, geography, and love of family.
The story continues in Book 3 with Charlie, Charlotte, their baby sister Ella, and their parents as they prepare and go on a mission trip to Peru. Children will review concepts from Book 2 and learn addition and subtraction up to 4 digits, rounding to 10s, 100s, and 1000s, multiplication and division up to 10s, area of rectangles and squares, place value through millions, more measurement, solving for unknowns, greater/less than, and Roman numerals. Some additions to the program at this level are an answer key and the use of Math Facts for Copywork (#43901). There are no specific assignments from the copywork book, but blanks are left within the lessons of Math Lessons for a Living Education book 3 for the student to write which copywork lessons they have completed. Book 4 follows the family’s travels through the United States. The twins and family learn about landmarks, America’s heroes, and work in their garden as they review previous concepts and do further work with larger numbers, metric measurement, decimals, operations with equivalent fractions, and more. Math Fact Reviews are incorporated into the lessons so that students won’t forget foundational math information. The adventure continues in Book 5 as students review known concepts and then learn multiplying and dividing with 10/100/1000, 2-digit divisors, division w/ remainders as fractions, factoring, common factors, greatest common factor, reducing fractions, proper & improper fractions, least common multiple, finding a common denominator, adding & subtracting fractions w/ uncommon denominators, working w/ mixed numbers, multiply fractions, dividing fractions, multiplying & dividing decimals, and counting back money.
Answer Keys are now available for books 3 through 5, and are sold separately. These are lists of answers, not solutions.
The books aren’t graded, but the level is chosen by choosing the appropriate skill level. Even if you haven’t used the earlier levels of this series, you can jump in at an appropriate spot for your child. There are no manipulative packages to purchase for this series - you will use those printed in each book along with items from around your house or easily found such as: contact paper, construction paper, large index cards, brass fasteners, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue, hole punch & reinforcers, rings for flashcards, plastic storage box (shoe box size), stickers for flashcards, pictures from old magazines, poster board, 100 counting items, containers for making the “Place Value Village”, snack-size plastic bags, and a one-quart or one-gallon freezer bag. In some instances, you will use the above items to create your own manipulatives, but it is not time-intensive. In Books 2 and 3, you will also need a one-foot ruler, indoor/outdoor thermometer, coins for money lessons, and $1 bills. Book 4 will also require poster board, a box of business size envelopes, folder for charts, small counting items, and modeling clay. To get started with this program, simply cut out the manipulatives found in the back of the book and prepare them before the first lesson – now you are ready to go. Whether using the Charlotte Mason approach or just attracted to the simplicity of the course, this series provides a solid introduction to math. ~ Donna
We have tried a few of the popular Math curricula with my 2nd grade daughter, the standard textbook approach has been too overwhelming for her. She could never get a grasp on it and would be stressed out. She reads very well, has no problems in any other subject, so I recently bought Math Lessons book 2. It has been wonderful! My daughter now asks to do her math lesson! This is a much slower approach, but the series as a whole (when finished in its entirety) will be a complete program. There is very little prep and the stories are cute. Math Lessons for a Living Education is based on the Charlotte Mason philosophy, which we love. I plan to stay with this curriculum as long as they keep writing the series until we are ready to switch to Life of Fred: Fractions.