You and your child are sure to enjoy these simple, lively lessons that will provide further practice in the processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Your student will master multiplication tables for the numbers 7 through 10; delve further into division with long division and an introduction to fractions; and read, write, and work with numbers up to 10,000. She will also have an introduction to weights and measures with an active hands-on approach— including measures of volume, weight, distance, and time.
For grade 3 you will need The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, Book 3, and a Math Notebook for your child (sized according to your child’s handwriting). The optional Book 3 Kit, filled with a helpful collection of objects and Number Sentence Cards corresponding to the lessons, has been delayed due to COVID-19 but will be available at a later date. Number Sentence Cards are available separately now.
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 15 minutes focused on the newest math concept and review, and the remaining 5 for mental math.
Book 3 Features
The lessons in The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, Book 3, follow Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methods for teaching math as outlined above. In Book 3 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;
- An extra 40 pages of review containing hundreds of engaging bonus questions, so you can easily linger on any concept needed;
- End-of-term exams that can be customized according to where your child is in the lessons;
- Helpful teaching tips, so you can be sure you’re teaching math in a Charlotte Mason way;
- Regular reminders to have a Number Sentence Card or two on hand, so the lesson can continue even if you need to step away for a moment;
- 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 or mark your place in the lessons and the bonus review section;
- 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 3 or excellent review lessons for older students who need to solidify their grasp of multiplication, division, fractions, and weights and measures;
- A non-consumable resource that will make a wonderful addition to your home library and can be used with all of your children.
Book 3 is a beautiful addition to The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series and an exciting way to strengthen your relationship with your child as you continue to climb together in the mountainous land of mathematics, just as Charlotte Mason described it. And with lessons like these, you can be sure that every step taken will be on firm ground.
Arithmetic Concepts in Book 3
In The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series, Book 3, your child will gain a solid understanding of these arithmetic concepts.
- The idea and operation of addition within 10,000
- The idea and operation of subtraction within 10,000
- Addition and subtraction with money
- Addition and subtraction in interesting story problems
- Addition and subtraction with pure number
- Longer sums with three or four sets of figures
- Review of multiplication tables up to 6 x 10
- Construction of multiplication tables up to 10 x 10
- Mastery of multiplication tables up to 10 x 10
- Multiplication with zero
- Longer multiplication by 7 through 10
- Double-digit multiplication
- Multiplication and division with money
- Multiplication and division in interesting story problems
- Multiplication and division with pure number
- Multiplication by 10s, 100s, 1,000s, and 10,000s
- Review of short division
- Long division with a small divisor with money
- Long division with a small divisor in interesting story problems
- Long division with a small divisor in pure number
- The idea of division as fractional parts
- The idea of fractions
- Simple fraction work
- Numeration and notation of fractions
- Numeration and notation of numbers up to 10,000
- Introduction to weights and measures
The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series
Book 1: Exploration of Numbers to 100
Book 2: The Four Rules and Tables; Work with Numbers to 1000
Book 3: Tables continued; Work with Numbers to 10,000; Weights & Measures
Book 4: Long Multiplication & Division; Metric Weights & Measures (coming soon)
Book 5: Decimals; Factors; Fractions; Percentages (coming soon)