Today we are excited to announce that The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic, Book 2, is now available!
You are sure to enjoy these simple, lively lessons that will help your student gain a firm footing in addition, subtraction, and multiplication up to 1,000.
He will solidify and learn the addition tables up to 10 + 10 and the multiplication tables up to 6 x 10. And that learning will not just be rote memory and recitation. He will memorize the math facts, yes, but first he will personally discover how the addition tables and multiplication tables work.
Subtraction and division are included along with the addition and multiplication tables, presented as complementary operations. So your student will develop a solid grasp of the subtraction and division facts as well.
Book 2 also introduces addition and subtraction with larger numbers, including carrying and borrowing, up to 1,000. The step-by-step, interactive lessons will encourage your child to work confidently with three digit numbers, as well as with money.
You will find interesting review questions tucked regularly into the lessons, plus there is an
entire section—50 more pages—containing hundreds of extra review questions in the back of the book. That bonus section will make sure you always have plenty of engaging and interactive review questions on hand no matter where your child is in the lessons.
Three end-of-term exams are included that you can use to record your student’s progress through mastering the addition and multiplication tables, as well as working with three-digit numbers.
As usual, no specialized manipulatives are needed. The lessons use the same everyday objects that were recommended in Book 1: buttons, beads, coins—things you can find around the house. Book 2 gives extensive work with money, so you will want to have a good supply of coins and one-dollar bills. You can use real dollar bills or play money. Those manipulatives are so important to make sure your student sees the math concepts in the concrete first and has a firm understanding of them before he moves to pure number.
An optional kit is available for Book 2 that includes plenty of play dollar bills as well as two decks of number sentence cards, a felt underlay for building the tables, and a gridded dry erase board (called a “slate” in the lessons) with a dry erase marker.
Number Sentence Cards are a brilliant idea for a homeschool mom! Each card contains a handful of equations, either focused on one addition or multiplication table or offering a combination of equations from several different tables. Before you begin the arithmetic lesson, grab a card or two to have on hand. Then if you need to step away for a few minutes—to change a diaper or to help another child with a question—simply hand your math student those cards. He will be able to continue the math lessons smoothly on his own until you get back by working those equations—using the manipulatives if he needs to—and writing the answers on his slate. Genius!
The kit for Book 2 contains Number Sentence Cards for all of the addition and multiplication tables that are covered in the book.
Book 2 is a beautiful addition to The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series and an exciting way to strengthen your relationship with your child as you continue to climb together in the mountainous land of mathematics, just as Charlotte Mason described it. And with lessons like these, you can be sure that every step taken will be on firm ground.