Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1

Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1

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Item #: 037144
ISBN: 9780890519233
Grades: PK-1

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In Book 1, Charlie and Charlotte visit their grandparents farm and learn numbers, shapes, place value, adding and subtracting. Along the way, the children also learn about gardening, baby farm animals, nature, family and love. In the first 30 lessons children will learn about numbers 0-9, place value, rectangles, circles, addition, subtraction, skip counting with 2, 5, and 10, telling time with minutes and hours, and more. The last 6 lessons of the book are review.

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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Love this. The story that's included is wonderful. Inexpensive.
Tamara W on Sep 15, 2022
Same as above
Alisha G on Apr 18, 2022
Love this. The story that's included is wonderful. Inexpensive.
Tamara W on Sep 15, 2022
My 7 year old has done so well with this math. We really enjoy the stories and activities.
Eleite on Jul 29, 2022
Same as above
Alisha G on Apr 18, 2022
I like that it is faith based. Using it with another child and I like the flow of it and how my daughter loves the story that follows throughout the whole book.
Jill V on Jan 14, 2022
This program came highly recommended. I will be using it with my 6 year old.
Talisa B on Jan 14, 2022
Gentle math, great stories, plenty of reinforcement. Love the extra activities for if we have time, or the children need them.
Wendy B on Aug 3, 2021
we used this last year for both of my boys and they loved it!! They begged to do math!
Jessica B on Jul 23, 2021
I read great comments about this book. It will be my first year trying it
Ana A on Jul 16, 2021
I used this for my daughter and am now buying it to use with my son. I like how you don't have to buy manipulatives with it, but instead are given ideas for items around your house as well as tear out sheets.
Tiffany M on May 10, 2021
We've heard great things about Master Books and love other resources from them/Answers in Genesis. Excited to try the math curriculum.
Alexandria M on Apr 2, 2021
We like to mix this workbook in with Saxon math for variety. The story format and brief exercises make it ideal for providing a break in our intense Saxon math study.
Michael H on Mar 26, 2021
I love this math curriculum because it has a gentle approach, keeps my children engaged and is simple to prep.
Amy H on Mar 10, 2021
Awesome math program - have used other levels.
Alice M on Jan 24, 2021
Previous experience with this book with another child and wanted to use it again for a newer student at this level.
Marcia S on Jan 13, 2021
It looks like a math book that would work best for my 6-year-old son with ADHD. He enjoys being read to and I think he will enjoy the stories.
Laura B on Jan 13, 2021
I love the story format of these math lessons
KATE F on Dec 14, 2020
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
Looks like a complete yet simple math curriculum, and we like open-and-go curriculum, real life applications, and story formats.
User on Oct 30, 2020
The lesson length and style will be great for my first grade boy.
Liz H on Oct 13, 2020
I feel the story , alongside the math content, will help my child better understand mathematical concepts and apply them to everyday life.
Jennifer B on Sep 23, 2020
Based on my investigation, this curriculum has all the necessary items for 1st grade and it is also easy for the child and for the parent.
Leslie M on Sep 9, 2020
Looking for a gentler approach for both child and myself.
elizabeth K on Sep 8, 2020
Storytelling is the best way to capture attention. For little ones learning math skills there is no better way to teach them than to engage them in the process, and that is what I see happening here with Rainbow Resource Center.
Mariana M on Sep 6, 2020
Fun and educational
TIffany S on Aug 31, 2020
worked for last year
kori e on Aug 27, 2020
I like the stories and putting math into life situations
Teriesa P on Aug 27, 2020
It has review for last year and also has a daily schedule laid out already.
Mitchel J on Aug 21, 2020
used with older child, now trying with younger sibling
Alisa P on Aug 21, 2020
Recommended by a friend!
Susana P on Aug 18, 2020
I like it is based on Charlotte Mason approach.
Vanessa D on Aug 16, 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
hearing great things about this curriculum and looking forward to trying it out this year!
Brenna N on Aug 15, 2020
It was recommended by 2 friends!
Vanessa G on Aug 14, 2020
I really like Charlotte Mason's approach to education. This math book covers many practical areas of math instruction; not simply rote memorization. Plus there's a fun and engaging story to keep the kiddos interested.
Teresa V on Aug 13, 2020
I can't wait to try out this unique math program! I think it's going to be a great starting point, with a gentle approach for my rising kindergartner. She's going to love the stories, bright illustrations and hands-on activities. I love that it includes real-life application of the math concepts and easy to use, open-and-go format!
Alicia on Aug 13, 2020
Charlotte Mason
Karen A on Aug 11, 2020
Alyssa I on Jul 29, 2020
Straight to the point
Latisha R on Jul 29, 2020
6 year old loves stories that help make math come alive and help to enter into the thought process behind math.
Lyndsay P on Jul 26, 2020
It is simple and the kids love it! Short lessons. My son who is 4 has done the K level and completed it successfully. My daughter just finished this level and likes it. Each child is different. It worked great for my son. Will probably try something different for my daughter.
Edward C on Apr 7, 2020
Im looking for an interesting way to do math for my resistant child.
Monica K on Mar 20, 2020
Great math curriculum that teaches thoroughly but not overwhelming. Can be used for K or First depending on the child. I have chosen to supplement with math fact sheets for everyday review instead of the flash cards they recommend.
Sherri S on Mar 3, 2020
Trying something new. We have Math U See and Right Start and both are just ok for my son. Maybe this won't bore him to tears.
Jessica R on Feb 20, 2020
my daughter she its 9 , we homeschooled she have dyslexia
Yamile B on Jan 7, 2020
Looks like a good companion to the Horizons Kindergarten math.
Jessica H on Oct 16, 2019
I really like Master Books homeschool curriculum
NAArah on Oct 8, 2019
The place value village goes along with Math-U-See and I wanted to stick with that concept for how my son seems to learn. I also like that this has narration for answers sometimes, and explaining steps in their own words to show that they understand what they're doing. It's not just busywork, and my research assured me that this is a comprehensive curriculum. The stories and values make it fun and applicable to real life as well!
Dayle on Sep 5, 2019
Charlotte Mason approach appealed t o me.
Eve P on Aug 6, 2019
need it for school
Kathy S on Aug 2, 2019
I feel that this will be a better fit for my daughter that loves math.
Sarah D on Jul 19, 2019
My 7 year old has done so well with this math. We really enjoy the stories and activities.
Eleite on Jul 29, 2022
I like that it is faith based. Using it with another child and I like the flow of it and how my daughter loves the story that follows throughout the whole book.
Jill V on Jan 14, 2022
What grades do these books correspond to?
A shopper on May 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The book says K-1. My daughter was in first grade and my son was in kindergarten. Both had no problems completing the work, although all the copy work was difficult for the kindergarten child. The remaining books seems to follow grade level more closely as in book 3 for 3rd grade. I now have a problem that my son has completed book 1 & 2 and he is only going into grade 2.
What currency is used for this curriculum?
A shopper on Dec 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The text is written from a US perspective using the American currency. However, I am sure you could adapt it to any region.
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 1
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1
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
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 this secular?
A shopper on May 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No it is not. The story line is children who are staying with their grandparents while their parents are serving a mission trip in South america. The book frequently references prayer, creation, and uses the bible story, Noah's Ark, to teach counting by 2's. For us it has been a good cirriculum.
Can this be used alone or will I need to supplement?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It really depends on the student. We love the series because it incorporates family values, Christianity, and social studies to show how math is used in everyone's daily life. The book covers math concepts well but if a child needs extra practice you may need to supplement. An example would be with time, money or addition, if they need extra review it would be easy to supplement. The books do a great job of reviewing mastered concepts in future lessons.
Are the worksheets reproducible?
Tabitha C on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The title page says no. "Please do not copy or store any part of this book without express, written permission from the author. All content is covered by copyright laws."
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 1
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1
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 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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Rated 5 out of 5
Great for kindergarten.
My son loves it. It is very gentle though and I use it with my K child. I think it would be too easy for most first graders. But it's perfect for kindergarten. I recommend their level K for K4 if the kids really want to do it, but it's not necessary before level one. We did level K last year because my son wanted some school and he absolutely loved it. I plan to do right start math this year but I couldn't change because of how much he loves Charlie and Charlotte.
September 27, 2022
6 months ago
Rated 3 out of 5
It is ok
I felt like this math curriculum went much slower than others. I understand that this is the reason many choose it but for my child, who I have not rushed at all, it was much too slow and she is in Kindergarten. She learned concepts playing games before she ever got to the concepts in this book. We did not finish it and I plan to get a different curriculum.
March 15, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Colorful pages
I love the colorful pages ,also practice with writing numbers.
September 19, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great book!
My little ones beg to move ahead faster than the book!
September 11, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Gentle, engaging math
I really like this. My daughter loves it. She is six and it’s moving a little too slow for her at the beginning because she can already count to nine, but we just did extra and are starting place value now. A sweet math book.
September 10, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun and straightforward.
My daughter likes this book. It’s a bit easy for her but the ideas being presented are so practical and useful. Conservative Christian beliefs and family structure are apparent in the stories. This isn’t a problem even though we aren’t conservative Christians because I want my children to feel comfortable with other cultures.
April 10, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Basic curriculum but recommended!
We love the story aspect of the book! My daughter is 5.5yrs old and already knows how to count pretty “high” but we chose to start with level 1 anyway in case there some gaps we needed to fill in. I’m having to supplement a lot but we use this as the jumping off point for our math studies and it successfully gets her engaged! It is also great for number writing practice and fluency. Definitely recommend it.
October 8, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I love this. I love the stories best. My little girl loves it!!!
So happy with my purchase. :)
September 15, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Wholesome content
Cute and wholesome. Covers the basics.
February 4, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Whould not recomend for short attention spans.
It's a good curriculum but not the best choice for children with short attention spans.
September 10, 2018
over 4 years ago

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