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)

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978-1-61634-420-7, 978-1-61634-421-4



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4 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


    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


    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


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

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