I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who has used Strayer Upton as their “main” curriculum. I have books 1 and 2 and really love the look of them. My son has finished SCM books 1 and 2 and I would like to be able to continue with the Strayer Upton books, using CM methods with their scope and sequence. Has anyone done this? I would love to get some input from those who have more experience….MichelleParticipant
Right now, I am using SU exclusively.
I have the Math Lessons for a Living Education guide and DVD set, so I use the S&S from there with the SU book. I try not to get on Facebook very often, but they also have a group there called Charlotte Mason Math Together that has been so helpful.
The forum here is wonderful for the math questions as well, I just get a quicker reply with the FB group.
I adore the SU books on the shelf and the lessons they contain. Math is a slow go for us and I am just having to be ok with that.
Thank you for responding. I have the handbook and would like to use the scope and sequence included, but I just don’t have the confidence (unfamiliarity with some of the terminology used, lesson planning, etc.) . Is there any advantage to using the S & S in the handbook as opposed to simply using the one in Strayer Upton…..as in go through SU in order, presenting the concepts via CM methods (allowing them to discover the rules on their own, etc.)? I love the SU books and would have more confidence to simply go through them in order but it seems to be more common to use the s&s in the handbook. I am part of the Facebook math group, but I prefer to use the forum for various reasons so I don’t want to rely on that for support. It’s such unchartered territory…..would love to hear more experiences of those who have used Strayer Upton all the way through to algebra, following their scope and sequence….RicheleParticipant
I used the Strayer-Upton books with my children primarily following their scope and sequence but used a practical geometry book and modern consumer/financial text in addition to it. The SU books are easily adaptable to Miss Mason’s principles & methods and has a thoughtful arrangement of the concepts covered. (For anyone reading, they begin at 3rd grade).
Though a program of study in math should be carefully graduated and allow for a gradual unfolding of ideas, a strict adherence to a sacred static scope & sequence is not what made for a living teaching of math. For example, Miss Mason most likely took fractions before decimals because the British monetary system had yet to be decimalized. We have a decimalized monetary system (as does Britain now), so transitioning from dollars and cents to decimals is quite natural for us.
Please feel the freedom to use the SU scope & sequence while teaching in accordance with Miss Mason’s approach to math. And, I have a strong feeling we’ll see SCM’s Book 3 in the bookstore soon if you’d like to use that. I’m super excited about the weights & measures section, in particular.
Have a wonderful school year!
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond, Richele! We have really enjoyed your books and are looking forward to Book 3! I really appreciate your insight.
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