Math Lessons for a Living Education

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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 everyday situations. This is the Charlotte Mason approach to education, and Angela ODell, the the author of this curriculum, has captured the spirit of the methodology in this easy-to-use series. Math is taught through the adventures of a brother and sister, Charlie and Charlotte, and their family. Books are designed to be consumable but are not reproducible, and answer keys are either included (Levels 3-5) or downloadable (Levels 1-2). Each book is designed to be a one-year course and has 36 lessons. Books now feature a suggested daily schedule at the beginning with a grid for completion and grading built in. Although the books are titled as "levels," the levels are loosely based on grade. Even if you havent used the earlier levels of this series, you can jump in at an appropriate skill level/topical area for your child.

In Book 1, Charlie and Charlotte visit their grandparents farm and learn numbers, shapes, place value, adding and subtracting. Along the way, the children also learn about gardening, baby farm animals, nature, family and love through their adventures. In the first 30 lessons 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.

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.

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. Non-reproducible, over 300 perforated pgs each, sc. ~ Donna

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