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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8 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😬💜

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    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


    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.

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