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 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

Category Description for PROGRAMS - OTHER:

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.

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Angela O'Dell and Kyrsten Carl
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Master Book Publishers
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10.88" x 8.38" x 0.88"
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We tried other math curriculum before finding this. The colorful pages and stories keep my kids interested.
rebecca d on Jul 8, 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 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 R on Sep 5, 2019
I have not tried this math, but it appeals to me because there are less problems on each page to allow those with fine motor skill challenges room to work. I also like the real life approach.
Collette B on Aug 24, 2019
We love the history curriculum from this publisher and are looking forward to trying the Math.
Raymond J W on Aug 17, 2019
We LOVE Masterbooks and the way they teach math!
Dena S on Aug 12, 2019
Looking foward to the next level up. Our son loves this so far after being burnt out on a different math book. This appeals to his imagination and love of travel and food. Good hands-on opportunities too with making a poster, cooking, etc.
Heidi D on Aug 9, 2019
We used level 3 last year & loved the style of the book. Very interactive with a continuing story. Application is big. My kids loved the story & activities.
Alicia G on Aug 8, 2019
Our children learn better with the Charlotte Mason style.
Darla E on Jul 29, 2019
Comprehensive. Teacher Friendly. Students excel.
Kerri on Jul 17, 2019
A friend recommended this to me her daughter and mine have a similar learning skill in Math.
Kate V on Jul 16, 2019
Super easy for student and teacher!! Love the life lessons tied into the story with the math! It has made math enjoyable for us all!
ashlie p on Jul 8, 2019
We used level 3 and loved it!
John H on May 31, 2019
I think it will be a good fit for my 4th grader to build strong math skills.
Angela R H on May 9, 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
My fourth grader has complete the MFLE book 3. My son has enjoyed the gentle, yet thorough approach to math. He enjoys math everyday. Previously, we had used Singapore Math. While it is a great curriculum, it is more advanced and left my son disliking math and not understanding everything he had studied. MFLE has been what he needed!
Melinda H on Feb 26, 2019
The reviews made it sound like a simple straight forward math curriculum. My son struggles if he feels overwhelmed.
Jennifer P on Feb 21, 2019
Great curriculum for my 9 year old that gets really overwhelmed with math that has a lot of problems on a page. She loves to read the stories and then do the math problems related to the story.
Jana D on Jan 17, 2019
We use this curriculum with two of our children, and another child just asked if he could switch to it. He is excited to try it out!
Dawn P on Dec 4, 2018
Charlotte mason, seems good
Meredith H on Sep 10, 2018
We just finished the level before and loved it! It is the perfect mix of self guidance/entertainment/kinesthetic/ AMAZING math! My kids never complained about math and it moved them methodically through the standards easily. I will say, I don't like it until level 3. Before then it was just too much writing for little kids.
Katie M on Sep 5, 2018
i've used levels 2 and 3 and it seems to be a good fit for both me and my children.
bridgette S on Sep 3, 2018
It has a biblical world view
Grant B on Aug 30, 2018
My daughter started with Level 1 in K and enjoys the story line. It has given her a good math foundation.
Lee A on Aug 29, 2018
I saw a youtube video of a homeschool mom of 5. She really promoted this!
Giovanna B on Aug 13, 2018
My son loved the 3rd grade one. We like Charlotte Mason and enjoy how they learn math that they will use in their daily life.
christina l on Aug 1, 2018
Home schooling a 3/4 grader
Denise L on Jul 31, 2018
needed for school
Karen J on Jul 16, 2018
Excited to try this out with my right-brain, whole-to-parts learner. Mastery based. Looks like a very good fit for right brain learners.
Cynthia S on Jun 24, 2018
Math + Charlotte Mason! What else is there to say :) Totally answers the age old question, "When will I ever use this in the real world?"
Tiffany H on Jun 20, 2018
Looks like it will be a nice fit for our family. Also love that its affordable!
Kimberly R on Jun 7, 2018
I am using it for my son for the summer.
Kristy J on May 6, 2018
To try out a new math curriculum.
Jessica H on Apr 19, 2018
This math with compliment our love for the Charlotte Mason method of learning.
Tabitha R on Apr 18, 2018
Pretty book. Mad learning fun for my son. Now I'm going to try it for my daughter.
Megan G on Mar 23, 2018
great pricing and free shipping
Guy R on Jan 18, 2018
H A on Dec 9, 2017
Great supplement and review.
Theresa H on Oct 25, 2017
Some homeschooling moms recommended this book
Jo W on Sep 26, 2017
Looks like a fun Math Curr.
Celeste O on Aug 18, 2017
I have heard good things about this curriculum and wanted to give it a try.
Sarah K on May 29, 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
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: It's been awhile so my memory might not be 100% accurate but from what I recall the book is divided into 36 "lessons". Each lesson is divided into 5 days - so 1 lesson per week. Day 1 has a story to go along with the lesson so it might be 2/3 minutes longer than the other days - but I'd say on average you could do each days work in 10-20 minutes depending on how in depth you want to go and on how easily the child picks up the material (also depending on what it is - some concepts might require more teaching than others). You could certainly do more than 1 days worth on one day a week and then do less on the other days if you wanted to.
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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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
11 months ago
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
4 months ago
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
After trying four different approaches/programs over the last few years I think we've finally found the right fit for our family with this!
For my youngest (level 1 and now 2) I read the lesson and we walk through it together, my three readers are able to do the lessons mostly on their own. (Levels 2, 3 and 4).
Level 4 has an improved answer key that is much more teacher friendly (and therefore very appreciated!) I hope they transition all of the volumes to this format.
March 27, 2018
over 2 years ago
Wonderful Math Book
My daughter thanked me for getting her this math book. She tells me daily how much she enjoys it. So much so that she is actually doing more per day than is on the handy schedule in the front of the book. She looks forward to doing math instead of dreading it like last year. I like that it follows one family and that you care about the characters in the story so you look forward to each new lesson. Also, it reinforces what you learn in previous chapters.
September 29, 2017
over 2 years ago
Great as always
I love this series. Editing problems with this edition but we dealt with it.
May 7, 2017
over 4 years ago
My daughter loves it so far!
My daughter loves it. Well laid out and easy to use. I like the record keeping at the beginning of the book.
September 27, 2016
over 3 years ago

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