Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 4 with Answer Key

Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 4 with Answer Key

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Item #: 006285
ISBN: 9780890519264
Grades: 2-4

Product Description:

In Book 4 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 won't forget foundational math information.

Publisher Description:

We often tend to compartmentalize subjects when teaching. However, real life doesn't serve up problems or issues in neat, subject-labeled situations! The Math Lessons for a Living Education curriculum teaches math through a blend of stories, copy work, oral narration and hands-on activities, showing how math is used in "real life"---just like a living math book! Thirty-six weeks of instruction guide students through the content, story, and hands-on activities using inexpensive manipulatives provided/made by the parent.

This book is written to be used by teachers and students together. It includes a suggested weekly schedule (30 minutes per lesson, 5 days per week, 36 weeks) with easy-to-manage lessons that include reading, worksheets, and assessments. Pages are perforated and three-hole-punched so that parents can easily tear out, hand-out, and store pages. Students will read the pages in the book and complete the corresponding section provided by the teacher. Assessments are given at regular intervals. Answer keys are available online.

This fourth-grade resource features the continuing story of twins Charlie and Charlotte, who are learning that life is full of learning opportunities! As students read, they'll be drawn into an adventure that teaches them about fractions and geometry, among other skills.

Covering one year of 4th grade math, by the end of the course students will have reviewed what they've learned in previous grades, and learned about new fraction concepts, metric units of measurement, basic geometry, and averaging.

Grade 4. 350 pages. Perfect Bound with Perforated 3-Hole Punched Pages.

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. For Levels 3-6, Answer Keys are in the back. Answer Keys and additional free Resources and Errata Sheets are available at Master 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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Angela O'Dell and Kyrsten Carl
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Master Book Publishers
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I am looking for a gentler approach to math in our home learning environment and have good reviews of this curriculum.
Laura I on Sep 1, 2023
ready for this level
Rebecca P on Jan 23, 2023
I am looking for a gentler approach to math in our home learning environment and have good reviews of this curriculum.
Laura I on Sep 1, 2023
Looking for a fun and practical math curriculum to use for summer.
Candice C on Mar 23, 2023
ready for this level
Rebecca P on Jan 23, 2023
My son loves the stories that start each week of a new lesson.
Lucy C on Aug 22, 2022
This math curriculum is great at engaging the dyslexic child
Jill M on Aug 12, 2022
My son struggles with school, yet he loves this math curriculum.
kelly m on Jul 26, 2022
I enjoyed the 3rd grade version of this curriculum so much after we switched from Math-U-See, I decided to get all of them
nicole w on May 3, 2022
This curriculum is recommended by our neuro developmentalist. It's a gentler approach with a reasonable amount of exercises.
Erin P on Apr 21, 2022
Easy approach and easy schedule.
Melissa M on Jan 14, 2022
I like these math books
Brittany C on Jan 5, 2022
We are using this as supplement to Teaching Textbooks
Sang K on Aug 24, 2021
We love this math. Very painless and easy to use
User on Jul 23, 2021
My daughter loves it. It has a story format which is engaging. The lessons are not overwhelming, but gentle and fun.
Stephanie L on Jul 22, 2021
Gentle and engaging way to learn math!
Stephanie H on Jul 22, 2021
Easy to use for parent and child.
User on Jul 19, 2021
I've used previous grades and it fit very well with my son's learning style.
Dana B on Jul 11, 2021
We have done one year with this series, and it seemed thorough yet manageable. I gave my son the option to move to an online format, but he chose to continue with this workbook style curriculum.
Meredith G on Jul 7, 2021
on of the Best math curriculum I have ever purchased. It has everything simplified and lesson plans laid right out so there is absolutely no extra books to but. Been homeschooling for 12 years now.
Stacey H on Jun 11, 2021
because we have done previous levels of this same math and my kids love it and do great with this gentle, spiral approach!
Shannon B on Apr 15, 2021
The format works very well for our homeschool. This will be our second year using MLFLE.
Susan A on Apr 8, 2021
I love the story that goes along with the math lessons. We have been using this curriculum for 3 years and have really enjoyed it!
Alysia B on Mar 10, 2021
One of my daughters struggles with math very much. When we switched her to the third level of this curriculum, it was a breath of fresh air for her. We are continuing into the fourth level now!
Marjorie G on Feb 19, 2021
Awesome math program - have used other levels.
Alice M on Jan 24, 2021
My second born has always struggled with math.The curriculum I was using was too much seat work for someone with ADD. I switched to this math because the lessons were more reasonable and because it teaches practical application of the concepts taught as well. He's done really well with this curriculum so I'm trying it out with my other kids too.
Hannah C on Dec 13, 2020
We love this curriculum for math. Easy to use, the kids love it and very effective in teaching math.
Michelle Y on Oct 13, 2020
The product had good reviews and appears easy to use for homeschooling purposes.
Kari T on Sep 14, 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
I have used this curriculum for 3 years now. My children love the stories of the twins and their adventures! Not to mention it is simplified, easy for them to understand, colorful and even has a few optional projects for them to try! We love this math curriculum! I only wish it was also available for higher grade levels as well!
Glen R on Sep 2, 2020
easy to follow and teach
Alisa P on Aug 21, 2020
We used level 3 last year and it was a good fit for my daughter
User on Aug 17, 2020
I love what I have scene so far online and am hoping it will be a great fit for our homeschool. The Charlotte Mason style is my favorite aspect. Also, the nice big font.
Jennifer J on Aug 15, 2020
I have loved this curriculum for the last 3 years. I am looking forward to another fun year in math with my 4th grader!
Suzanne S on Aug 14, 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 Textbooks Level 7 after completing Level 6 in this math.
Elizabe K on Aug 1, 2020
My son has been doing very well with level 3 and it is almost time for us to move on.
Melissa P on Jul 28, 2020
Math curriculum for my daughter.
Melissa M on Jul 26, 2020
I chose MLFLE for its engaging and fun story-telling style. The review and mastery isn't excessive, and I think my kids will be engaged.
Koral C on Jul 23, 2020
This is our third year using MLFLE. We really enjoy the pace and method. The stories are wonderful. It works well for our family.
christina l on Jul 20, 2020
We tried other math curriculum before finding this. The colorful pages and stories keep my kids interested.
rebecca d on Jul 8, 2020
I have heard good things about this curriculum and wanted to give it a try.
Sarah K on May 29, 2020
My daughter loves this math! She has nearly completed level 3 and has learned so much over the past year!
Alicia H on May 15, 2020
We love these books! They teach math without over-complicating it. There aren't an overwhelming number of problems for each day and they are visually very appealing. We have had great success in math with these books.
Kristi W on May 6, 2020
This math curriculum has been a game changer for our homeschool!
Samantha C on Apr 30, 2020
We love this math for my oldest and use a different math for my other children.
Kim E on Apr 27, 2020
My son finished up with Teaching Textbooks and needed more practice. His sister was doing this level of MB and I knew it was perfect for him.
Lindsey S on Apr 22, 2020
I am about to complete the level 3 book with my 9 year old. This was our first experience with this curriculum and it was positive and we will continue with it at least for next year.
Patty M on Apr 17, 2020
My girls love this series. The lessons are short, but they self-teach, and the repetition keeps them sharp on their math skills.
Michelle B on Apr 17, 2020
We are completing our first year using this curriculum and it's been a great fit for our family.
Krystal F on Mar 30, 2020
Life of Fred doesn't seem to stick, looking for another Charlotte Mason type approach to math
User on Sep 10, 2019
We love a student and teacher key in one book! Our son learns so much from Living Education books and we will continue buying more.
curt j on Sep 9, 2019
Have been looking for something that is all in one book (instructions, practice, etc) and with which my student can have some independence. This sounds much more like a program for homeschooling and one-on-one instruction as opposed to classroom and following along in textbooks.
Dayle on Sep 5, 2019
Looking for a fun and practical math curriculum to use for summer.
Candice C on Mar 23, 2023
My son loves the stories that start each week of a new lesson.
Lucy C on Aug 22, 2022
Do I need a student book/workbook per child? I have two in 4th grade.
Carla on Aug 12, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is no other way as the lessons (think 'textbook') and worksheets are all incorporated together. So you need one for each child. The nice thing is that they are taught directly to the child :)
How long does a lesson take each day? Can i do a longer lesson once a week and just guide them through some practice the rest of the week?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2017
Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 4 with Answer Key
Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 4 with Answer Key
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 2
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 2
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1
BEST ANSWER: The lessons are pretty quick and it depends on if there is an accompanying story for that day. You can make it as long or as short as you 'd like! Remember curriculum is a tool for you to use as you like, no need to follow it exactly. You are in control of the curriculum, it is not in control of you! :)
Is there a placement test for math lessons for a living education?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2016
Yes there is a placement test and we are in the process of uploading it to our website. In the meantime, here is a link from Master Books
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Rated 5 out of 5
A good choice for math
My 4th grader is enjoying this as his main math book this year. Rainbow Resources shipped quickly and has good deals. Will definitely look to order from them again.
August 15, 2023
2 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I fun and well written math curriculum
I love how this math book is arranged. It's not overly redundant so it gives some good variety to keep my kid interested and challenged but it does still work on mastery. The story problems and examples are wholesome and applicable to life as well. We are really liking this math curriculum
May 11, 2023
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Buying more
We love this math curriculum, we have used a lot of different programs and this is by far our favorite.
May 20, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I love the story that goes along with the lessons. The lessons are broken up to easily understand and helps them stick in my sons brain.
April 11, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect curriculum for my 4th grader that struggles in math. He has made a lot of progress and his confidence in his math skills is growing. We plan on using this curriculum each year.
March 31, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Not very satisfied
I sincerely appreciate the Christian perspective, but I don't feel this is a very solid math program. My daughter loves that there are stories to read in her math book, but personally I don't find the stories at all helpful for MATH, which is what I would think stories in a math book would be! There are a very few math concepts dropped into the stories, but the stories don't really teach or reinforce the math concepts. While the stories reinforce Christian values, the writing is not that great. Also, I am disappointed with the lack of drill and reinforcement. Sometimes there are maybe three problems on a page with a large white space at the bottom and I wonder "Why aren't there more problems for her to do?!" I have felt like I had to supplement by printing worksheets off for my daughter to do. I do not plan to continue with this series.
January 20, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
So far so good!
After struggling in Math last year, we switched my 4th grade daughter to Math Lessons for a Living Education. We really enjoy the short story at the beginning of each week's lesson. It helps keep her interest in Math and has led to some great cross curriculum conversations. If you're looking for a lot of practice/repition, you'll probably need supplemental materials.
September 29, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter has said that Math is her favorite subject this. She has never said that before. She has truly enjoyed this Math book.
April 22, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Overall a good textbook.
My daughter does not enjoy math in general. She likes this textbook because it is very straightforward. She enjoys the stories/setting for the problems. The religious themes are sometimes more conservative than I am and traditional gender roles are reinforced through the stories. This isnt a problem for us because my daughter is learning that different families have their own beliefs and values that sometimes don’t match ours exactly.
April 10, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
Can't settle for less
After doing Saxon Math we can't settle for less. I bought this book based on good reviews from this and multiple other websites. Although, I absolutely love that it's a Christian Math book and they're not afraid to speak of God. But the lesson stories have no correlation with the actual work that they're doing, new concepts are randomly thrown in. My son is in 3rd grade, last year we did Saxon Math 3, although he excelled in math K, 1st and 2nd grade I wanted something less intensive this year due to our circumstances but this book brought so much frustration to both him and me, we just simply can't go on. Going back to my old and faithful Saxon Math but ONLY first or second edition. Notice the 3rd edition has been edited "dumbed" down to fit the common core standards for public schools.
August 28, 2019

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