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- Teach math lessons through the creative means of a life story
- Provide 36 weeks of instruction based on skill levels rather than grade levels
- Guide students by the use of inexpensive manipulatives, including index cards, dried beans, and construction paper!
We often tend to compartmentalize when teaching 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. So why do we say to children, “This is math, this is language, this is about science and nature, and this is history”? The most natural and effective means to teach children is through life examples. Content, story, and the ability to show math in real life make a living math book!
Table of Contents
- Using this Course
- Lesson 1: Review of All Addition and Subtraction Concepts
- Lesson 2: Review of Place Value, Estimation, and Rounding
- Lesson 3: Review of All Multiplication
- Lesson 4: Review of All Division
- Lesson 5: Review of All Fractions and Measurement
- Lesson 6: Review of All Roman Numerals and Shapes
- Lesson 7: New: Fraction Concepts (adding and subtracting like denominators)
- Lesson 8: New: Multiplication with Carrying Using 11’s and 12’s
- Lesson 9: New: Measurement and Geometric Concepts
- Lesson 10: Review of All New Concepts
- Lesson 11: Steps of Division (single digit divisor, no remainder)
- Lesson 12: Number Grouping - Understanding Larger Multiplication
- Lesson 13: More About Division - Including Checking Division
- Lesson 14: Division with a Remainder (single digit divisor)
- Lesson 15: Metric Units of Measure
- Lesson 16: Review of All New Concepts
- Lesson 17: Introducing Mixed Numbers (adding and subtracting with like denominators)
- Lesson 18: Introducing Equivalent Fractions through Pictures
- Lesson 19: More About Equivalent Fractions
- Lesson 20: Larger Number Multiplication with Carrying
- Lesson 21: Review of All New Concepts
- Lesson 22: Writing Decimals and Fractions
- Lesson 23: Money Work with Decimals and Fractions
- Lesson 24: Relationship Between Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
- Lesson 25: Geometry
- Lesson 26: More Geometry
- Lesson 27: Review of All New Concepts
- Lesson 28: Work with Charts and Graphs
- Lesson 29: Constructing Charts and Graphs
- Lesson 30: Introducing Averaging
- Lesson 31: Review of All Addition and Subtraction
- Lesson 32: Review of All Division and Multiplication
- Lesson 33: Review of All Geometry
- Lesson 34: Review of All Measurement
- Lesson 35: Review of All Fractional Concepts
- Lesson 36: Review of All Decimal Concepts
- Manipulative Section
- Solutions Manual
|Title||Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 4|
|Series||Math Lessons for a Living Education|
|Volume in Series||4|
|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|
Math Lessons for a Living Education was just what we needed! Review by Lisa
What did you think of this book?
A few months ago, I had an opportunity to review Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 1 from MasterBooks.com. I was so impressed with this math curriculum that I jumped at the chance to review Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 4 to use with my 4th grader and went ahead and purchased Levels 2 and 5 for my 2nd and 5th graders.
Math Lessons for a Living Education is a series of books. Levels 1-5 are currently available and Level 6 will be available next year. The books are consumable and no teacher's guide is necessary. Each week's lessons starts with a story that the teacher reads with the student and then the student and teacher work through the lesson together. A suggested schedule, manipulatives, and answer key can be found in the book. Books can be purchased as a physical copy for $27.37 or as a digital download for $22.19.
Math Lessons for a Living Education teaches math through life stories of twins Charlie and Charlotte and their family. In Book 4, the school year has almost come to an end. It's time to enjoy a family trip and continue to learn new math concepts through daily adventures. The stories that start each lesson are full of information such as character lessons, history, cooking, Bible, nature, science, and more. The five daily math worksheets that the student completes relate to what was discussed in the story. Topics covered in Level 4 include:
Review of addition, subtraction, place value, estimation, rounding, multiplication, division, fractions, Roman Numerals, and shapes
Fractions adding and subtracting like denominators
Multiplication with Carrying
Measurement and Geometric Concepts
Steps of Division
Division with a Remainder
Metric unit of Measure
Multiplication with Carrying
Writing Decimals and Fractions
Relationship between Decimals, Fractions, and Percents
Charts and Graphs
Last year, math was a nightmare for us. Every day was full of frustration and tears. When I saw that MasterBooks.com had added Math Lessons for a living Education to their homeschool curriculum, I was very interested in reviewing it. I was hoping it would be exactly what we needed, and I was right.
I like the entire concept behind MLFLE. We use a Charlotte Mason approach in our homeschool and this type of math fits in perfectly with that. I love the idea of teaching math through stories and real life concepts that children can relate to and see how math is part of our everyday lives. I love that the stories are not just silly stories. The stories in the book meaningful, character building stories that teach so much more then math. Many different concepts are woven through the story. The series of books are written from a Christian perspective and Biblical lessons are included in some of the stories.
The lessons are short and to the point. Each day's lesson should take less then 30 minutes to complete. I love that because I feel it is unnecessary and frustrating for children to do lengthy math assignments that take a long time to complete. There is plenty of review built into the lessons. MLFLE is very affordable. The only thing you have to purchase is the student book. There is no teacher book and the answer key is included. Several manipulatives are included in the back. A few other things are recommended but they are very inexpensive common items that you probably have around the house.
The biggest challenge that we have faced is that this curriculum is VERY different from the math curriculum that we have used for the last several years. After looking at the scope and sequence of Levels 3 and 4, I determined that Christian should be in Level 4. But, several things that are supposed to be simply a review are things that we have not yet covered. After taking the time to sit down and teach these concepts, he has done fine with being able to answer the questions. But I urge you, especially if you are switching math programs to take a look at the scope and sequence of the levels to find the level that would best fit your child. The author's recommendation for Level 4 is for grade 4, ages 8-10, or those who have completed the first 3 levels.
We have completed 6 weeks of math and so far there has been no frustration or tears from either of us! I have been very impressed with Math Lessons for a Living Education!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance to the FTC regulations. (Posted on 10/9/2016)