Charlotte Mason Arithmetic–When to move forward

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    I am wondering when to move my daughter on to the next lesson in book 1 of the Charlotte Mason Elementary Math? I feel like we’re not moving along very quickly. We’ve been using the book since the beginning of last year (July) but we are still only on number 23. She understands the concept of the numbers and can do sums and subtraction with manipulatives pretty well and some without (larger numbers are more challenging for her to do in her head). She is doing ok with the money, but doesn’t always understand what she is supposed to do to find the answer. For example, she doesn’t understand the concept of giving back change. But my question is, does she have to be able to answer every single question and master every concept before we move on to the next number? I feel like we’ll be stuck on each number for a very long time if that’s the case. And if she needs manipulatives for every question, does that mean she’s not ready to move on? I like this math book, but I’m finding that it’s a little confusing for me to work with because I don’t understand what I am to expect of her in each lesson. Does this make sense?

    Richele Baburina

    Hi Kendra,
    If you haven’t yet, please be sure to see p. 13 “When to Advance” for more information. Each child is different but, in this case, it sounds like your daughter is ready to move on. You’ll continue revisiting the use of coins as manipulatives through to 100 so she’ll have plenty of opportunity for lightbulb moments to happen as her experience increases.

    Your daughter may continue to use manipulatives during the main part of the lesson in Book 1. Do put them away for a few minutes of “mental math”-going back to smaller numbers for this oral review if larger numbers are still a challenge. This short post will give you more information on the use of manipulatives.

    Hope that helps.


    Thank you for your response, Rachele. It was very helpful. I guess I had forgotten what the book said about advancing, and your article was also helpful. I feel more confident in teaching her math and feel more ready for the next year (which starts this week). 🙂

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