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Have you ever noticed that we tend to compartmentalize when teaching our children? In real life, there aren’t artificial barriers between “subjects.” For example, when you are cooking or baking, you have to use the skills of reading, logical thinking, and measuring, just to name a few. In driving a car, you see and read road signs, read maps, and count miles. It has become quite clear that there is an abundance of math curriculums available that are nothing but monotonous drill sheets dressed up in pretty colors. Pretty colors do not make a living book. Content, story, and the ability to show math in real life make a living math book. Math Level 1:
- Teach math lessons through the creative means of a life story
- Provides a link for the downloadable answer key
- Has a scope and sequence that contains learning numbers 0 to 100, circles and patterns, counting and addition, days of the week, and telling time.
This book was written to be used by you and your young student together. It is the story of a twin brother and sister, Charlie and Charlotte, who are visiting their grandparents’ farm. They soon learn that the farm is full of learning opportunities! As you read their story, your students will be drawn into the adventure along with the twins. They will learn about numbers, shapes, place value, adding, and subtracting. They will also learn about gardening, baby animals on the farm, nature, and the love of family. They will hear exciting stories from Grandpa and Grandma, and they will be invited to join the twins on their living math adventures. We hope you have a grand time on this adventure!
|Title||Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 1|
|Series||Math Lessons for a Living Education|
|Volume in Series||1|
|Binding||Perfect Bound with Perforated 3-Hole Punched Pages|
|Publisher||New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.|
|Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price||$36.99|
|Dimensions (in inches)||8 1/2 x 11|
So Much More then a Math Curriculum! Review by Lisa
What did you think of this book?
MasterBooks.com has fantastic, creation based books and textbooks to be used in homes and homeschools. Over the last couple of years they have developed subject sets and full grade sets with lesson plans and worksheets to help better meet the needs of homeschool parents. Currently they have curriculum sets available for preschool, kindergarten, and 4th-12th grade. This year I was so excited to see new math curriculum being added! I could not wait to have an opportunity to review Math Lessons For A Living Education Level 1 by Angela O' Dell.
Math Lessons for a Living Education is a series of books. Levels 1-4 are available right now, Level Five will be available in the next few weeks and Level 6 will be available next year. Math Lessons for a Living Education books are consumable. There is no teacher's guide. The teacher sits with the child to work through the lessons with them. There are a teacher's notes throughout the book but most of it is self explanatory. A downloadable answer key is available for each level. A 36 week suggested schedule to follow is included in the front of the book. Books can be bought as a physical copy ($27.37) or a digital download( $22.19). There are manipulatives included in the back of the book. Other suggested manipulatives include things that you would readily have available around the house such as buttons, beans, or blocks.
Math Lessons for a Living Education teach math lessons through the life stories of twins, Charlie and Charlotte. In Level 1, Charlie and Charlotte go to visit their grandparents farm. Each of the 30 weekly lessons start with a story to be read and all of the lessons relate to the story. For example: in lesson one Charlie and Charlotte are noticing the numbers around the farm. In the garden grandpa shows them that the numbers stand for the number of vegetables planted in that row. The exercises for that week have the children writing numbers and counting things that you would find on a farm. At the end of each week there is a review that has the children writing a letter back home to mom and dad telling them everything they have learned.
Skills in Level 1 include:
Patterns of 10
Writing and adding numbers
Skip Counting by 2's
Number Families Addition to 10
Counting by 10's
Solving for the unknown
Counting by 5's
Math Level 1 Sample
Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1 is the sweetest math book I have ever seen! It is very visually appealing from the adorable cover to the beautiful color illustrations inside the book. Math Lessons For a Living Education is so much more then just a math book. Throughout the book your child will be learning about farms, farm animals, nature, life cycles of insects and frogs, the water cycle, four seasons, cooking, gardening, and more. I absolutely love the concept of teaching math through stories. But these are not just every day silly stories. The stories in the book are meaningful, character building stories, teaching children things like manners, respect, and work ethic. It teaches children that math is not an abstract concept that is on paper but part of our everyday lives. The book is written from a Christian perspective. I love that you do not need a separate Teacher's Manual or expensive manipulatives to use this curriculum.
Lessons are short and to the point. Each day's lesson should take less then 30 minutes. There are not a huge amount of problems for the children to solve. I think what is included in the book is age appropriate, but I would suggest you check out the scope and sequence and placement tests that are on the website to see exactly where your child should place. Some kindergarteners would be fine using this book even though it is written for 1st grade, but it also could be good for older children that struggle with basic math, numbers and patterns. The suggested age range is 5-7 years old.
The author, Angela O' Dell has a FAQ page about Math Lessons for a Living Education up on her blog. You can find those questions and answers here.
I am so impressed with MLFLE that I am switching my 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders over to this curriculum! After a year of major math burnout and frustration, I think this is exactly what we need!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this curriculum from MasterBooks.com for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own and I received no further compensation. I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC regulations.
(Posted on 7/8/2016)
A wonderful Start to Math Education Review by Lisa
What did you think of this book?
We have been using this with our kindergarten son. Prior to starting this book he really didn't have any formal math learn but did know how to count to 20 and what his numbers looked like. He hadn't yet started practicing writing them. The book opens with a sweet story about twin siblings visiting their grandparents on their farm. From there the story is told throughout the pages while teaching the kids their numbers. Lots of practice writing in the beginning (which we needed).
The pages are colorful and the story engaging. It is a very sweet and gentle approach to learning math. I think this book is truly for a beginner who is interested in starting to further their learning of mathematics. The approach gives time for practicing and mastering what the student learns and they will not be overwhelmed.
Overall we've enjoyed this book and my son has been asking to do more each day than the suggested schedule. Speaking of schedules - Masterbooks has some of the best teacher materials and this book includes everything you need to set up the course (what manipulatives you will need as well as a downloadable teacher key). The schedule is designed to take you through a year of learning but you can easily move faster or slower depending on individual student needs.
*I received a copy of this book for review but all opinions are my own. (Posted on 6/2/2016)