Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 5 with Answer Key
Book 5 reviews known concepts and teaches 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.
What is a living education? A 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 O'Dell, 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.
Math for a Living Education Books are designed to be consumable and are not reproducible. Solutions Manuals for Levels 1 & 2 are available as downloads with links provided in the book. Levels 3, 4, & 5 have Solutions Manuals included in the back of each book. Solutions for Level 6 are provided in a separate Teacher Guide. Levels are designed to be one-year courses. Books (Levels 1-5) feature a suggested daily schedule at the beginning with a grid for completion and grading built in. That information is included with the Teacher Guide for Level 6. Although the books are titled as “levels,” the levels are loosely based on grade. Even if you haven’t used the earlier levels of this series, you can jump in at an appropriate skill level/topical area for your child. If you are unsure about where to begin, you can download a placement test from our website. (Links are with each Level of the series.)
There are no fancy manipulatives for this series - colorful paper versions are printed in the back of each book, and you’ll 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), three containers for making the Place Value Village, and snack-size/1-quart/1-gallon resealable bags. In Books 2 and 3, you will also need a 12” ruler, indoor/outdoor thermometer, coins for money lessons, and $1 bills. Book 4 requires poster board, a box of business size envelopes, folder for charts, small counting items, and modeling clay. To get started, simply cut out the manipulatives found in the back of your book and prepare them before the first lesson.
Whether you are using the Charlotte Mason approach or just attracted to the simplicity of the courses, this series provides a solid introduction to math. Non-reproducible, over 300 perforated and 3-hole punched pages each, sc. ~ Donna
While offering some instruction, these programs include less teaching material or do not cover the full range of grade-level skills that the comprehensive programs offer.
3 months ago
I will say that what I did like about the curriculum was that it was very gentle and had very short lessons that my son could mostly do independently, which was nice for me when I had to work with other children. It was almost too gentle, however, and I worry that we may have lost ground this year and not gotten through enough material to have him ready for 6th grade. Copywork in math was an interesting idea, and it did cause my son to think about the concept while he was writing it out, but sometimes the copywork was VERY long and took over half the page. When the math lesson is only one page anyway, I wished that there had been more time on practicing the concept by working the problems, rather than doing copywork. I'm glad we tried this curriculum, but won't be continuing with it.
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