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Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A Guided Journey, New DVD Set
In the teaching of math, Charlotte Mason believed that everything that can be demonstrated, should be demonstrated; or, in her words, “demonstrate everything demonstrable” (Vol. 1, p. 255).
There is something about a hands-on demonstration that clarifies and cements the concepts in your mind, that helps you better understand the details. This is true whether you are learning math concepts or learning how to teach math concepts. Math especially “lives” with hands-on demonstrations.
So we are excited to announce a new resource that demonstrates Charlotte Mason’s living math techniques: Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A Guided Journey DVD set! Now you can see and hear live demonstrations of how Charlotte wanted early arithmetic to be taught in a practical, life-related way—from introducing numbers to working with fractions.
With this 2-DVD set you will
- See how Charlotte Mason infused math lessons with living ideas.
- Learn how to teach elementary arithmetic without an expensive curriculum, or gather ideas to supplement your curriculum of choice.
- Discover how short, focused math lessons can reinforce good habits.
- Gain confidence to guide your student in steady math progress at his own pace.
Earlier this year Richele Baburina, author of Mathematics: An Instrument for Living Teaching, sat down with Sonya and worked through sample lessons step by step for teaching
- Notation and Place Value,
- Simple Addition,
- Addition with Larger Numbers,
- Advanced Multiplication,
- Mental Arithmetic,
- and Paper Sloyd.
From those hands-on demonstrations, now available on DVD, you will gain valuable techniques to help your child enjoy a solid understanding of math. As you are guided through Charlotte Mason’s approach step by step, you will be equipped to guide your own student down the same path, one confident step after another, demonstrating everything that can be demonstrated and enjoying the journey together.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Richele and Sonya! This is such a tremendous blessing!
This sounds wonderful!
I ordered immediately! You always seem to publish just what I’ve been wishing for.
I am curious if Ms. Mason waited until 1st grade to start these types lessons or were they done any earlier? We play with numbers , but nothing “official” for my 3 year old.
Charlotte Mason waited until the child was six to begin any formal lessons. Before that, as you mentioned, you can play with numbers to gently introduce the concept. If you need ideas for preschool math, we have a page on our preschool curriculum guide with some details.
I noticed in the sample videos a Ray’s Arithmetic book. I just started using these and was wondering if this video talks about using Ray’s and/or if this video would greatly aid me in teaching Ray’s?
The DVDs mention Ray’s New Primary Arithmetic as a source for mental math questions, but it doesn’t give specific directions for using Ray’s. What you will learn from Charlotte Mason’s Living Math is how Charlotte approached mathematics in her schools. You can use those concepts to help you teach with the math curriculum of your choice.
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