A New way to look at math!

The Math Lessons for a Living Education series is a new, fresh and completely unique approach to math. If you have a longing to show your children the world around them and the patterns that surround us everyday, you will love this series. Your children will work alongside a set of twins that are just about their own age. Exciting stories, fun activities, and heart-felt learning will be your new math experience. So put away the dry, dusty math books and dive into a living math adventure! 


All math concepts are explained in detail! Please understand that the sample may or may not show a full lesson or a full explanation. 

Here is a sample of what people are saying about Math Lessons for a Living Education...


"I just wanted to tell you how much my children and I are LOVING your math series! I have 2 children using Book 1 and one child using book 2. My now 1st grader is the one using book 2 and I am just thrilled with the way math is going for her this year! Last year (for her K year) we used ******. I wanted to love it; I wanted her to love it, but neither of us did. She found the blocks so very tedious, and well, so did I. Sigh.... Over the summer, I was on the Queen Homeschool site and saw your math books and decided to give them a try. I am happy to report that all 3 (I've also got 2 K'ers using book 1) of my children are doing WELL and enjoying math. I am enjoying math, and learning it in a way I'd never had it presented before!


I knew things were going along well, but it wasn't until we got to the addition and subtraction where re-grouping is involved that I totally and completely fell in love with your program. It was absolutely, positively SIMPLE to teach the re-grouping process using the place value village concept. She got it! My daughter "got" those concept the first time they were presented! So, I'm hooked and am SO glad to read that you're going to continue the program through the jr. high level.


I also wanted to mention that one of my K'ers is my son who's 7 and was adopted from China at age 4 ½. His time in the orphanage did not serve him well, and he has some definite learning differences/ delays. Almost every time a new concept is introduced, I worry that he's not going to 'get' it, yet each and every time, he has! Your program has worked so well for him, too!"

Pam, via email. 


Review of Math Lessons for a Living Education - Rainbow Resource

"What is a living education? 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 every day situations. This is the Charlotte Mason approach to education, and the authors of this curriculum have captured the spirit of the methodology in this easy-to-use series.

This beginning math series is a four-book set that tells the story of a brother and sister, Charlie and Charlotte, their family, and their adventures. In Book 1, they visit their grandparent’s farm and learn numbers, shapes, place value, adding and subtracting. Along with the number skills, the children learn about gardening, baby farm animals, nature, family and love through their adventures. In the first 30 lessons of Book 1, 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 review the topics covered in the first 30 chapters.

Book 2 follows the adventures of Charlie and Charlotte once they have returned home from their grandparent’s farm. Using the same format as Book 1, the content picks up where it leaves off, teaching addition and subtraction (including carrying & borrowing), numbers to 100, simple fractions, word problems, skip counting, inches/feet, perimeter, dollars/cents, temperature, graphs, pounds/ounces, liquid measure, along with the seasons, geography, and love of family

The story continues in Book 3 with Charlie, Charlotte, their baby sister Ella, and their parents as they prepare and go on a mission trip to Peru. Children will review concepts from Book 2 and learn addition and subtraction up to 4 digits, rounding to 10s, 100s, and 1000s, multiplication and division up to 10s, area of rectangles and squares, place value through millions, more measurement, solving for unknowns, greater/less than, and Roman numerals. Some additions to the program at this level are an answer key and the use of Math Facts for Copywork (#43901). Specific assignments are not made from this book, but blanks are left within the lessons of Math Lessons for a Living Education Book 3 for the student to write which copywork lessons they have completed. The adventure continues in Book 4 as the family travels through the United States. The twins and friends learn about landmarks, America’s 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 and an answer key is found at the back of the book.

The books aren’t graded, but the level is chosen by choosing the appropriate skill level. Even if you haven’t used the earlier levels of this series, you can jump in at an appropriate spot for your child. There are no fancy manipulatives for this series - you will use manipulatives printed in the back of each book, some things from around your house or that you can find at your local retailer, such as: contact paper, construction paper, large index cards, brass fasteners, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue, hole punch & reinforcers, rings for flashcards, plastic storage box (shoe box size), stickers for flashcards, pictures from old magazines, poster board, 100 counting items (your choice), 3 containers for making the “Place Value Village”, snack-size plastic bags, and a one-quart or one-gallon freezer bag. In Books 2 and 3, you will also need a one-foot ruler, indoor/outdoor thermometer, coins for money lessons, and $1 bills. Book 4 will also require poster board, a box of business size envelopes, folder for charts, small counting items, and modeling clay. To get started with this program, simply cut out the manipulatives found in the back of the book and prepare them before the first lesson – now you are ready to go. Whether using the Charlotte Mason approach or just attracted to the simplicity of the course, this series provides a solid introduction to math." ~ Donna - Rainbow Resource  

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