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The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series: Book 1

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Short, engaging, interactive lessons that guide your young student to a solid understanding of addition and subtraction through 100.

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Book 1 is also available in a bundle with manipulatives, supplies, and a gridded math notebook.

These short, multi-sensory lessons will help your child gain a solid understanding of numbers through 100, including addition and subtraction of double digits, and lay a sure foundation for success in thinking mathematically.

For grade 1 you will need The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, Book 1, and a Math Notebook for your child (3/4″ or 1/2″ grid recommended). Add the optional Book 1 Kit for a handy and ready-to-go collection of objects recommended in the lessons.

Charlotte Mason’s Approach to Elementary Arithmetic

Charlotte Mason’s beginning math lessons seem to be tailor made for an early elementary child.

Lessons are mainly oral and are carefully graduated, with your child answering small word problems within her understanding (no reading required). She works out the problems in a hands-on way using a variety of common, everyday objects. This straightforward but interesting teaching guides your child to make discoveries on her own.

A grid notebook is used as the student’s math notebook, in which she records the math concepts she has discovered. Writing is used sparingly, so the effort of handwriting does not overshadow the math concept being grasped.

Progression of the lessons is adjusted to the pace that fits your child best, so you can go slowly enough to build understanding and comfort in the math concepts but not so slowly that the child becomes bored.

Short, lively lessons reinforce a habit of concentrated attention while not overtaxing the child’s ability to sit still. Each day’s work goes no longer than 20 minutes, with fifteen minutes focused on the newest math concept and the remaining five for review.

Book 1 Features

The lessons in The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, Book 1, follow Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methods for teaching math as outlined above. In Book 1 you will find

  • Day-by-day lessons, so you can guide your student with confidence;
  • Straightforward instructions, so you (or any other teacher) can open and go with no prep time;
  • End-of-term exams that can be customized according to where your child is in the lessons;
  • Helpful reminders and teaching tips, so you can be sure you’re teaching math in a Charlotte Mason way;
  • A beautiful and durable hard cover that will stand up well to many years of enjoyable math lessons;
  • Two bookmark ribbons, so you can easily track the progress of two different students;
  • Cross-references to Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A Guided Journey DVD set, so you can see the methods demonstrated and be prepared for upcoming lessons;
  • A full year of math for students in grade 1 or excellent review lessons for older students who need to strengthen their understanding of math concepts;
  • A non-consumable resource that will make a wonderful addition to your home library and can be used with all of your children.

Arithmetic Concepts in Book 1

In The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, Book 1, your child will gain a solid understanding of these arithmetic concepts.

  • Counting 1 through 100
  • Investigation and analysis of 1 through 100
  • Numerals 0 through 9
  • Symbols +, –, and =
  • Place value through 100
  • Numeration and notation through 100
  • Money through $1 (penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar)
  • Addition through double digits
  • Subtraction through double digits
  • Skip counting
  • Review and oral work
  • Mental math

The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series

Book 1: Exploration of Numbers to 100 (available now)
Book 2: The Four Rules and Tables/Work with Numbers to 1000 (in progress)
Book 3: Tables continued/Work with Numbers to 10,000 (coming soon)
Book 4: Long Multiplication & Division/Weights & Measures (coming soon)
Book 5: Decimals/Factors/Fractions/Percentages (coming soon)

Additional information

Weight1.1 lbs
Dimensions8 x 5.5 x 1 in
Author

Binding

E-book, Hardcover

Pages

272

Grade

Grade 1

Lesson Plan

Individual Studies, Grade 1

14 reviews for The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series: Book 1

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jill Cain

    I absolutely love this Math series! I have been waiting for years for a Math series like this to be created and it is everything that I have been wanting in a Charlotte Mason math curriculum. It covers everything that I want to cover exactly the way that I have always done Math with my children only it is in a modern, yet simple and easy-to-use approach. I have been homeschooling for 20+ years and I wish this would have been available with my older kids. My youngest will begin this book next year and my first grader is using it now. This will be my Math curriculum from now on.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Wonderful! Can I put in a request / suggestion? It would be lovely to have the original handbook released in hardback to match the arithmetic books making it part of the set. The handbook gets a lot of use and a hardback might hold up to it better…as well as look gorgeous! Pretty please?!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Oh my! Beautiful…wonderful…an answer to prayers! I have been using the Mathematics Book and DVD bundle for my older son and jumped at the chance to purchase this beautiful resource when it became available for my younger. Not only is the content so thoughtfully done with the child in mind, the book itself is “book shelf” worthy. No detail is left out. The end papers, the 2 bookmarks, the weight and feel of the paper! Everything is extraordinary. Thank you so much for this resource and I eagerly await the remaining books in the series.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michele

    This is wonderfully done! Please, please republish the handbook in hardcover as well! Just add an index😬💜

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Farra

    Its wonderful! when will the other books be available?

    • Jordan Smith

      We don’t have a release date yet but Richele Baburina is writing the second book now. When it’s ready we’ll announce it on our blog and in our weekly e-mails.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brittney McGann

    My daughter and I had the great privilege to be beta-testers for Book 1 of the Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series. When we started my daughter was a couple months shy of six, very chatty and seldom still, but she was insistent that she begin her own lessons just like her sister. She knew only what she had picked up by the way, so Richele’s book was her very first experience with lessons of any kind. Very slowly we worked our way through the numbers, learning how we could add or subtract; discovering how many ways we could divide the number being learned into groups, and learning to count forward and backward with ease. For counters we used buttons, beads, pennies and dimes, or whatever caught Fiona’s attention that day. I had to change the subject for all the word problems to kittens for a few lessons, but because everything is laid out so clearly I was able to keep my focus on my student. I learned how to draw her attention back to the problem at hand to stretch her just a little bit, but I also learned to watch her cues to tell me it was time to put math aside for the day. This curriculum isn’t written by lesson, but by numbers studied, so we can move at our own pace without pressure. I have watched my child’s confidence grow and I can see the pleasure she takes in her own understanding. I am confident that my daughter has a solid foundation to build upon and I know that continuing with Richele’s books will only deepen her joy and appreciation for the created beauty revealed through mathematics.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sandy Krout

    What a pleasure it is to be able to confidently teach my children the way Charlotte did. Thank you for the time and effort you put into creating this book for us. The language used is lovely as well.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    This approach to math has been revolutionary for our family. My daughter has tried 5 different math curriculums before this, and while the last one we tried “got the job done” better than previous methods, there were still tears daily, and many times where it was clear that the concepts just weren’t there. I purchased this book primarily for my son (1st grade) but ended up starting over with my daughter (3rd grade). While it is still definitely hard work for her, I’ve been delighted with her progress. I finally feel confident that we are moving forward with a solid footing. She will finish the book in a few more weeks, then we will be eagerly awaiting Books 2 and 3. And she also finally feels confident! She has begun giving herself problems at random times (not school time) to work out in her head and she’ll ask for the answer to see if she got it right. For my son, who is more naturally adept at grasping math concepts, it has also been a good challenge. Instead of breezing through worksheets, he is building habits of concentration and attention in addition to excellent mental math skills and fluency with basic addition/subtraction problems. I also have two younger sons and I’m delighted that this can be used with them, as well, as it is not a “consumable” resource. Thank you so much to Richelle Baburina and the whole team at SCM for this incredibly valuable and deeply appreciated resource!! P.S. I forgot to mention it is also an aesthetically lovely book that is a pleasure to look at and handle.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Blythe

    This book has helped our home so much. Having begun my homeschool journey using CM – my oldest is Form 1B this year – math was the one piece I was perplexed about, even with the Math Book & DVD bundle.

    I’m so thankful for this math book! I’m so looking forward for the next book in the series.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    mossyarmywife27

    I used to spend an hour (each) teaching both my sons their math curriculum’s. After math and language there left little time for any other type schooling not to mention my other three little boys. I was having to spend countless hours preparing and printing, they enjoyed all the hands on activities but I couldn’t keep up. So I then found Ray’s Arithmetic we loved the short lessons and having oral lessons instead of worksheets was a nice change of pace. I loved that it was open and go but it had it’s flaws. I felt like it wasn’t very clear on how to use even with the manual and it was out of date but the concept was sound. Then I found this and I jumped for joy. It’s the same concept but its laid out in a beautiful manner and works well with the modern child without losing its classical focus. It’s a very hands on gentle approach just prefect for squirmy little boys, I wish I could have learned math in this way. I’m using it with both my 3rd grader and my 1st grader. My 3rd grader is moving much more quickly but it’s so nice to be able to use one book with all my kids. I got some large wooden numbers and buttons for my other boys (ages: 3,2,1) to play with at “math time” and have introduced number one to my 3 year old and he very happily will write 1 on his slate. I am so grateful for this resource, thank you!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Allie

    This book is amazing! A couple months ago I started this book with my 9 year old. I was hoping this book could strengthen her math foundation, and it has exceeded my expectations!! I love how the student (and teacher) can study each number. It’s so simple and strait forward, and can easily be tailored to each child’s needs and interests. With this book, there is no way a child could not feel confident in math. I believe it is more important for a child to love math and feel that they are capable in the subject, than to keep them “on schedule” with other kids in their grade or age group. We are praying for the next book to come out soon!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paige Rekers

    What an excellent book. I finally found a math curriculum my son with dyslexia understands and enjoys. Having struggled with math myself all through school, I actually find myself looking forward to facilitating arithmetic to my children! We are eagerly awaiting the release of Books 2-5!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Heater

    I echo the reviews that the resulting relationship you feel with numbers after going through the book is astounding. It has exceeded all of my expectations. My children actually LOVE math and numbers (they get that from mom) but even so I honestly don’t want to teach them any other way now. My only sadness is I have an 11 and 8 year old to teach and the books will take longer to write then I have to teach elementary math. I wish they had been written 10 years ago. ❤
    The up side is my younger ones will get all of them. I cannot recommend these enough – for both math loving and math challenged children and adults alike. Thank you Rachel! And about how long will it take to finish all of the elementary series? Wondering if i should hold out for them for my older ones or of that is futile considering timeline?

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura

    My 3rd grader is very learning challenged in math, so that she was in tears every single day! I ordered the full math set with all the manipulatives and dry erase board and everything, and she is finally learning without tears! We are taking it very slow, no need to rush… and the book is a perfect guide for me! Thank you! I know I will use it for the younger ones too and maybe even her 4th grade sister for some review!

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