Math Lessons for a Living Education: Book 2
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Math Lessons for a Living Education (PK-5) 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 four-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 grandparents farm and learn numbers, shapes, place value, adding and subtracting. Along with the 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 grandparents farm. Using the same format as Book 1, the content picks up where it 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). Specific assignments are not made from this 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. The adventure continues in Book 4 as the family travels through the United States. The twins and friends learn about landmarks, Americas heroes, and work in their garden as they review concepts from Book 3 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 wont 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. Books 3-5 now include an answer key in the back of each book. The books arent graded, but the level is chosen by choosing the appropriate skill level. Even if you havent used the earlier levels of this series, you can jump in at an appropriate spot for your child. There are no fancy manipulatives for this series - paper versions are printed in the back of each book, and youll use household or other commonly-found items such as: contact paper, construction paper, large index cards, brass fasteners, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue, hole punch & reinforcers, flashcard rings, plastic storage box, stickers for flashcards, pictures from old magazines, poster board, 100 counting items (your choice), 3 containers for making the Place Value Village, snack-size plastic bags, and a one-quart or one-gallon freezer bag. 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. Whether using the Charlotte Mason approach or just attracted to the simplicity of the course, this series provides a solid introduction to math. Reproducible Bk1 297pp, Bk2 324pp, Bk3 358pp, Bk4 340pp, Bk5 320pp ~Donna
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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
January 19, 2012
A wonderful, engaging math program!
I've been home educating almost 20 years, and have noticed that I am naturally letting go of traditional textbook curriculum and gravitating toward a more natural, Charlotte-mason approach. My 7 year-old-daughter was doing fine with her math workbook, but I decided to try the Math Lessons books "just for fun." She is loving it, and so am I. My daughter calls her math "Charlie and Charlotte" (the names of the kids in the story) and we are enjoying sitting together reading the stories and doing the activities. From my perspective, she is learning as much or more than she did with traditional programs, but having much more fun. This is not a program that kids can use independently, but it is worth a few minutes of your time to sit down with your child. After all these years of homeschooling 9 kids, I am learning that the process is just as important as the end result, and making schooling more engaging and relationship-driven is worth the effort.
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