Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 5 with Answer Key

Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 5 with Answer Key

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ISBN: 9780890519271
Grades: 4-5

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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.

Category Description for Math Lessons for a Living Education:

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 infusing it with a Christian perspective in this easy-to-use series. Math is taught through the adventures of a brother and sister, Charlie and Charlotte, and their family.

Math Lessons 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.)

The kindergarten level of this series teaches children basic math skills through stories. Children will learn to count and recognize numbers 0 to 10, develop critical thinking skills, recognize patterns, shapes, concepts of time, and more. There are 36 lessons that take about 30 minutes each day, and you do one lesson per week. Pages are colorful and engaging with friendly little faces throughout the lessons. Worksheets are included and teacher instruction is found on each exercise. Puzzle solutions are found at the back of the book along with practice sheets for numbers and shapes, calendar page, and suggested calendar activities. You have permission to copy these reproducible pages for homeschool use. A materials list and suggested schedule are in the front of the book.

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.

New to the series and not yet available for all grade levels are the Practice Makes Perfect workbooks. These colorful but non-reproducible books provide quizzes along with the practice worksheets. Answer/Solutions are in the back of the book.

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


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What we have been doing for two years now and has been a great fit for my daughters and our natural learning style- enough review and lots of 'everyday' real life application
User on Aug 2, 2021
We've gone through a few of these books already and it's a very practical approach to math that my children respond to.
Amy D on May 17, 2021
What we have been doing for two years now and has been a great fit for my daughters and our natural learning style- enough review and lots of 'everyday' real life application
User on Aug 2, 2021
used 4th grade level last year and really liked how it is broken down and laid out daily and weekly. Easy to use and follow for a first time homeschooling family.
Judy B on Jun 23, 2021
We've gone through a few of these books already and it's a very practical approach to math that my children respond to.
Amy D on May 17, 2021
Trying out new curriculum
Angela B on Mar 1, 2021
Good easy to follow math lessons. Good variation on types of problems and has review problems included
Cynthia W on Feb 2, 2021
My child is ready for the next level.
Rebecca P on Dec 15, 2020
Dena S on Sep 18, 2020
After trying several math curricula with my kids, they are finally happy with Math Lessons for a Living Education. We look forward to moving forward within this math journey.
Erin B on Sep 3, 2020
My children have always used Horizons, this math program however is much more gentle approach that happens to align with Horizons scope and sequence!
Flora E on Aug 25, 2020
We love the stories that go with the lessons, and biblical worldview. We learn so much more than just math!
christa j on Aug 7, 2020
This is an excellent Math curriculum...for kids who like stories more than math...I see my kids playing with the math concepts more when we use this curriculm.
Robert B on Aug 6, 2020
I didn't originally choose this math curriculum. I found the first 3 books free and thought, "What the hay, free is free, math is math." I have enjoyed books 1 and 2 so far with my younger son. I like the simple lessons presented and the rhythm the lessons are presented in. I saw a review on you tube by another homeschooling mom. She said it should present a well rounded base and a child should be ready to start Teaching<br />Textbooks Level 7 after completing Level 6 in this math.
Elizabe K on Aug 1, 2020
used previous level
Nathan Y on Jul 17, 2020
this book is easy to use
Michelle K on Jul 14, 2020
Easy to use, straightforward program without tons of busywork
User on Jun 5, 2020
Love this curriculum
Holly C on May 13, 2020
Other reviews stated that this program has a lot of review. My ch old needs frequent review for math so it seems like a good option
Sara T on May 11, 2020
We have loved this math series. It comprehensively presents all the required math concepts but in a gentle way. It systematically reviews previously taught concepts throughout the books. The problems have a little bit larger text with good spacing on the page which makes it easier for my dyslexic son to complete.
Gina R on Apr 22, 2020
We have used this series for years very successfully. I especially like the with four children they can work independently and come to me when they need help- the helps me manage so many learners at once.
Lara L on Apr 17, 2020
LOVE these books! We've done several other popular math curricula and found this to be our favorite! I find the pace just right, the review parts not tedious, and for the most part, the introduction of new concepts fairly well-explained. It's not 100% perfect in that regard, but each child has such different learning styles it's hard to find one that is.
Chelsea D on Apr 17, 2020
So happy with my student's progress in math. Definitely mastering the concepts and feels more confident!
Dayle on Mar 31, 2020
My daughter gets easily overwhelmed with math. This has been a gentle method to get her to understand the concepts required.
Megan M on Mar 30, 2020
This is a fast paced, but easy to use curriculum for math. All 3 of my children enjoy the stories and the layout. It is VERY user friendly, easy for the teacher.
Erin H on Mar 16, 2020
We liked this program for the 4th grade and would like to continue with the 5th. Although the 4th grade book was intended for the entire year, we completed it in just a few months. The program is not very intense.
Iryna m on Oct 17, 2019
Hoping this book will help my 4th grader with math as it's been a struggle for her
Minerva M on Aug 19, 2019
Trying to make math more relevant for child
Jan C on Aug 13, 2019
Have been using Math Lessons for a Living Education and figured we would just stick with this until my son finishes the series. He doesn't like it, but he just plain doesn't like math and I'm not sure he'd feel any different about any other program.
Alissa S on Aug 12, 2019
I feel that this math curriculum fits my teacher style and my son's learning style.
Sarah D on Jul 19, 2019
I appreciate the gentle, thoughtful approach to viewing and using math in everyday-life situations. I also like the Charlotte Mason influence.
Michael L on Jul 8, 2019
We have used this curriculum for our boys last year and it is a fun and gradual way to have math in daily activities as well as learning well.
Heather L on Apr 17, 2019
Love the Charlotte Mason approach! affordable
Brigitte T on Mar 6, 2019
Seems to be the best math to do for levels 2-6!
Courtney H on Aug 28, 2018
Love this Charlotte Mason-inspired math!
Kristy R on Jul 24, 2018
have used this program for two years
ashley m on Jul 23, 2018
This will be our 2nd book for this math curriculum, we finished the last book in just 3/4 of the year so we are starting the next book now.
Troy R on Feb 28, 2018
great pricing and free shipping
Guy R on Jan 18, 2018
Anxious to continue the storyline, our family looks forward to learning more math with theirs!
Scott D on Nov 6, 2017
We are going to use this to reinforce some concepts that haven't been mastered yet.
Jane G on Oct 30, 2017
Just finished Math Lessons for Living Ed. level 4. My student enjoyed using it and liked being able to write directly into the book. Looking forward to another year.
Rosanne H on Sep 7, 2017
This is a great math program!!
Jennifer H on Aug 22, 2017
I read a blog about how fun this math curriculum will be.
Darlena G on Aug 21, 2017
we've used in the past and had success with it
Tracy S on Aug 20, 2017
My one child is struggling with the math we currently use and this was recommended by another HS mom.
Jodi T on Apr 15, 2017
We have used this math curriculum for a couple of years and it has been amazing and has helped my daughter with math tremendously!
User on Aug 10, 2016
I really liked the layout, ease, and clarity of book 2, and only had to supplement a bit. Therefore I had to buy 3, 4, 5! Let's hope we love them all the same! :)
Valerie M on Jun 18, 2016
used 4th grade level last year and really liked how it is broken down and laid out daily and weekly. Easy to use and follow for a first time homeschooling family.
Judy B on Jun 23, 2021
Trying out new curriculum
Angela B on Mar 1, 2021
Is the answer key in the back of the textbook? Or is the teacher manual required? My daughter is interested in this as a supplement to our beloved Beast Academy.
User on Nov 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the answer key is in the back of the textbook. The teacher manual is not required; the book does a good job of explaining the material to the student. Also, the pages are perforated so you can remove the answer key in you prefer (that's what we did).
I just need to know if this book has religious content? I want this series regardless but I need the information.
A shopper on Mar 3, 2016
Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 5 with Answer Key
Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 5 with Answer Key
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 2
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 2
Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 3 with Answer Key
Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 3 with Answer Key
BEST ANSWER: The beginning of each lesson is a continuing story of a Christian family and their missionary work in Peru. The family of five are all traveling to Peru to help at an orphanage. They talk about praying, bible studies, God, and Jesus. So to answer your question...Yes.
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7 Reviews
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Rated 5 out of 5
Not overwhelming!
Very nice, all you need is in one book.
If your child likes to read stories they’ll enjoy it.
If you have to read the stories to them, than you may
not enjoy it as the kids may not listen to the stories
And get bored. The stories have little details that can be annoying if you are a “get to the point” person.The 4th grade book has answer key errors.
The fifth grade one doesn’t yet as I know. I like it for one child. Eventually for the other.
September 29, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Good, but lacking!
Good for supplement, but is lacking in-depth mastering of concepts. Very little conceptual understanding exercises. For the price, it's a great extra. But I wouldn't consider it a full curriculum.
April 12, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 1 out of 5
Far too simple and too many typos
This curriculum falls behind grade level. It does not explain topics thoroughly and is far too easy compared to other curriculum choices. It also has too many typos.
April 6, 2020
Rated 3 out of 5
Repeated Typos lost our trust
We've been using this curriculum for three-quarters of the year now, but yesterday decided to finally give it up after finding THREE misprints in the problems on a single page. Not misprints in the directions, the actual problems had incorrect numbers in them. My son spent a lot of frustrated time trying to figure out how to do the problems and eventually I checked the answer key and realized they had misprinted the problem and it was unsolvable as stated. This has happened to us on several previous occasions as well, and I find that unacceptable in a math curriculum. In other curriculums, if we couldn't get the answer the first time, I would push us through and we would keep working at it until we did. With this one, my first instinct is to assume the publisher got it wrong. I don't like that feeling. We will not be continuing with this curriculum for that reason.

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.
March 5, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
My 4th grade daughter is enjoying this book. She is quick with math, and this book's short lessons are very easy for her. The introductions are not as thorough as Saxon's, however, the work is not as tedious, either (but I also appreciate Saxon very much). We switched from Saxon because I wanted to slow down the "get ahead in math" war that was happening in our house and slow down to see God in math and daily life. This curriculum is helping us with that!
September 28, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great curriculum
I LOVE Math Lessons for a Living Education. However, I couldn't give this book all 5 stars. It's not because of the program itself (love the program), but because of the actual book. The pages are very thin and you can actually see the backside on the front side. Also, the pages are perforated, but not very well. When I ripped out the pages for our first week I tore almost all of them. And since the paper is thin it rips very easily. From now on I will probably just cut the pages out. I have the old versions on my phone, but purchased the book for convenience. If I knew the pages were going to be the way they are, I may have just printed them out myself.
September 1, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this book
I love the story and making math relevant and interesting. There are quite a few editing errors in the new version, but that's not a big deal.
September 8, 2016
over 5 years ago

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