Making Math Meaningful 1 Set

Making Math Meaningful 1 Set

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Item #: 010762
ISBN: 9780012066881
Grades: 1

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Following the Charlotte Mason philosophy and teaching methods, this complete math program for Levels K-6 focuses on conceptual reasoning from a Biblical Worldview. Levels K-4 are student-teacher interactive, while levels 5-6 are written directly to the student. The Parent Guide (K-4) consists of a series of highly organized activities, or lessons. Chapter objectives are clearly stated. Each lesson is separated into "What I am to Say" and "What I am to Do" sections that the teacher can easily follow. There are three basic lesson types: Observation (Exploring), Interpretation (Explaining) and Application (Expanding) the Concept. While the lesson titles are slightly different between the editions, the instructional focus is the same. In Observation, the child investigates a concept. Manipulatives are used in levels K-4 to provide concrete examples and practice. In Interpretation, math terminology and/or the math formula is given. In Application, the child practices the concept or skill.

A suggested teaching schedule is provided, but the teacher should move at the student's pace. The author recommends that children be taught math during longer periods of time, 1.5-2 hours, for 2-3 days a week. This provides sufficient time for the teacher to introduce whole concepts and the student to digest the information. If a grade level is completed before the school year ends, move to the next level. Otherwise, continue at the student’s pace, allowing him as much time as necessary to master the concepts. After completing Level 6, students should be ready for Algebra I.

Level K-4 Sets consist of a Parent- Guide (includes answers to the workbook exercises) and a Student Workbook. Level 5 has a Student Directed Workbook that only provides answers at the end of the workbook. Level 6 has a Student Directed Text only, with answers at the end of the text. Also available is a Manipulative Kit for grades K-4 that includes 50 Unifix Cubes, 100 Counting Chips, and 100 Connecting Links. Other required materials are listed at the beginning of the Parent Guide and with each lesson and can generally be found around the house.

One aspect I liked about the Parent-Teacher Guides is every lesson features an activity. Students cannot be passive about learning math when they are asked to count pennies, dimes, and dollars (to learn about base 10 place value) or to equally divide a loaf of bread for family and friends. This program does a great job presenting "real-life" story problems to which students can easily relate.

Although I agree with Quine in emphasizing concepts over computation, my concern is that there may be students who need more practice in computation than is provided. Personally, the more practice I got, the better my computational skills became. If this is the case for your child, you may need to find a suitable computational supplement. Also, there are no written tests or quizzes for this curriculum. The rationale here is that the parent should know whether or not the child has understood a concept since he/she interacts so closely with the child in this program. At the higher levels, however, for student-directed Levels (5 & 6), there are evaluations by the chapter. ~ Anh/Deanne


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David Quine
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Cornerstone Curriculum Project
1.45 (lbs.)
11.0" x 5.5" x 0.25"
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Love this curriculum! We finished level K, now on to Level 1!
Rachel M on Mar 3, 2019
Love this curriculum! We finished level K, now on to Level 1!
Rachel M on Mar 3, 2019
How do I know what grade level to start with Making Math Meaningful?
A shopper on Apr 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The author/publisher Cornerstone Curriculum has a placement chart and scope & sequence. Just search Cornerstone Curriculum and go to the Math page.
Which edition is this?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: As far as I know there is only the one, original edition (copyright 1997). That is what we carry.
Does this kit contain both the Teacher's book and the Student book?
A shopper on May 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the set includes both the Teacher's book and the Student book.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Having taught one child to add subtract multiply and divide I thought it would be a case of workbook instruction and practice for my second as well No such luck My second could not sit still long enough to do any work out of any workbook So I figure why not try MMM? It sounded activity based enough While there was not enough review we were able to complete more review verbally while moving around (jumping sitting on a ball moving around) and on a dry erase board also while she moved around All in all this program was just right for a bright yet ADHD child We most definitely will be continuing on to level 2
January 9, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5
I started out our homeschool journey with Miquon Math and then tried Singapore Nothing seemed to suit my daughter's learning style She was a hands on kid with a knack for numbers but she was young School needed to be fun interesting and not require a lot of writing Making Math Meaningful met all of those needs Using manipulatives you'd find around the house it breaks down concepts and lets the child experience them first hand It's filled with games activities and stories It uses a wide variety of manipulatives so things never get boring or repetitive And it spends most of the time on concepts so that they are fully understood before any computation takes place I highly recommend it to parents with children who don't "get" math because it will ensure full understanding of the concepts behind problem solving For the same reason it's great for the gifted or advanced child because it doesn't require a lot of repetitive computation page after page My daughter is excited about math she says it is her favorite subject I fully intend to use this program again this fall
July 10, 2007

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