The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series Living Math Curriculum
The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series

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The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series

The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series living math curriculumNow it’s simple to teach math with the brilliant methods that Charlotte Mason used with her students. These short, interactive, and lively lessons will take you and your child on an enjoyable journey through the mountainous land of the Principality of Mathematics, where “you cannot lose your way, and every step taken is on firm ground” (Ourselves, Book 1, p. 38).

Download the placement guide to determine where your child should begin.

Individual Books

Each volume in The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series is a beautiful hardcover, featuring two ribbons for marking the progress of to two students. Books are non-consumable and can be used again.

Manipulative Kits

These convenient kits save you time by gathering the objects you’ll need in one place.

Bundles

Get everything needed for each book’s lessons! Bundles include one book, the corresponding kit, and a gridded math notebook for the writing portion of lessons.

Additional Math Resources

Add an extra gridded math notebook or gridded whiteboard.

The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series

Book 1: Exploration of Numbers to 100
Book 2: The Four Rules and Tables; Work with Numbers to 1,000
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)

Praise for The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series

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My son went from dreading math and struggling through it to looking forward to it. Math is now his favorite subject and he begs to do math first every day. The way this series teaches is very natural and simple yet extremely effective. It has been a dream for both student and teacher.

Jill C.

I’ve seriously tried at least 6 different math programs. This one is so, so good. It requires deep thinking, teaches the importance of mental math, the why, not just the how, and it’s developmentally appropriate.

Laura M.

My math phobic actually relaxed, and my math lover giggled hysterically while we went through the lesson. He had so much fun with me in a way we don’t usually have during the school day, due to me rushing through teaching so many different ages. But as soon as I opened that book and saw what it would require of me, I knew it was going to be a relationship strengthener. Thank you for writing these books!

Mary B.

I’ve been using SCM Arithmetic for my 5-, 7-, and 9-year-old boys. It has been absolutely wonderful! It’s not full of fluff (actually, no fluff at all), it’s not endless worksheets, and there is absolutely no way for the child to skirt around the work and pretend like they know the material when they don’t. My children get so much more out of a simple 10-minute lesson then they previously did with 30-45 minute, frustration-filled sessions with other math curricula. It is RICH and there is no doubt that it lays a solid foundation.

Jennifer C.

If you are searching for a math curriculum that will challenge your student and will retain the mystery and art and joy of numbers, do consider this series!

Maria B.

9 reviews for The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series

  1. Bear48

    Excellent! I would not be doing math the Charlotte Mason way if these beautiful books were not published! They take you step-by-step and I am thrilled to have them and look forward to the rest of the series. Thank you Richele Baburina and Simply Charlotte Mason!

  2. KimmieH35570

    I’m in love with these books! They are exactly what I had been looking for! And I can’t wait to go through them with both of my children. I will be ordering 3 and the others as soon as they are released! I really hope there are plans for books past book 5! 😊

  3. Sierra

    Absolutely perfect!
    We have struggled to find a good math program for my oldest daughter for some time. New programs usually start out well and quickly become dreaded. We have found a good place with Simply Charlotte Mason. It does take one on one time which may be the key here but the lessons are great. We had to go back and relearn a lot of different things and I look forward to moving up to book3. Just hope it comes out soon as we are almost finished with book 2.

  4. Susanne

    Wonderful, wonderful books! My oldest two boys have both loved book 1 and the 2nd grader is finishing up book 2. These are such a valuable resource to our homeschool day. They love math and feel confident in their skills, which I’m not sure would have been the case if we’d used something else. I love that we can go slowly, there is no pressure to complete pages of problems, and the lessons are mostly oral. I am eager for more!

  5. Janelle

    We LOVE this series! This is the third curriculum I tried with my sweet daughter who has trouble focusing, and this is the “ONE!” We are halfway through our second year, and she is really understanding math for the first time!!

  6. Sophia

    I have been trying out this series with “kindergarten,” 1st and 2nd graders. We’ve enjoyed the gentle, hands-on approach, but I’m concerned that book 3 will not be out by next school year. Am I right to assume I’ll need to switch my current 2nd grader to a different math program next year?

    • Tamara Bell

      Hi Sophia,
      Book 3 is currently in the long publication process. I have some ideas on what you can do with your student while you wait for the release of Book 3. You can repeat the same steps as you used for Larger Addition in the hundreds using a dollar in Book 2, but introduce one thousand with a ten-dollar bill (exchanging it for ten one-dollar bills) and progress to doing Larger Addition in the thousands and then Large Subtraction too. That’s where Book 3 begins.

      Another option would be to simply continue the multiplication tables for 7 through 10, using the same techniques outlined in Book 2. Those will be covered later in Book 3, but that section can easily be done out of order and then just skip/review that portion when the book comes out. I hope this will help you as you continue using Charlotte’s method.

  7. ashtitus422

    I honestly do not know where to start – I started my advanced 1st grader with book 2 in this series at the beginning of the school year and was quite worried to start a brand new method and curriculum after the more traditional workbook curriculum we’d been using “had worked so well”. I had seen my son be able to excel in math before and waffled at changing things. I am SO glad that I did! I began to see almost immediately that while I thought he was excelling, he was actually just answering the questions without any knowledge of what he was actually doing. Within a week or two of starting, Charlotte Mason’s methods in math began to overflow into excitement and an actual grasp on what he was learning! He had always loved math, but now he understood it and it really did click in a whole new way. I distinctly remember the moment he connected subtraction with addition and the light bulb going on in his sweet little eyes moved me to tears. For the Mama who is hesitant to start something new, especially something so vastly different than the math we typically are used to, I want to say – do it! You will NOT be disappointed in the least. Not only is the Charlotte Mason method beautiful for children, you as the teacher will develop a love for mathematics that you quite possibly never knew could exist. I am so excited for the 3rd book to be released and we will be purchasing that one the day it comes out without question as my son is already asking when he can get back to the “good math” 🙂

  8. Nell

    After spending too much money, this first year of homeschool (Lesson learned: try to stick to Charlotte Mason method for as many subjects as possible, you will save money and keep it simple) . There are only two things that were worth every penny. Living books and Book 1 of the SCM Elementary Artithmetic series. The positives from this curriculum has been 1. It requires the children to think. SCM Math is simply not doing. There is no busy work. Its short and straight to the point. 2. It builds on the child understanding of numbers and their numerical value. 3.The required manipulatives are efficient and will not require much from the teacher. I’ve ran away from other math curriculums because of the sheer amount of manipulatives. 4.The use of money as a manipulative to teach money math. A question with no mention of money can still be solved with coins. Therefore strengthening the child’s understanding of the coins’ value.
    4. My daughter at dinner is creating math problems in her head and proceeding to excitedly relay her answers to the family. She has gone from single digits addition to now double digits addition. However, does my daughter still frustrate over a math problem? Yes, but she has it in her to solve the problem thanks to this curriculum. I am confident enough to sit back and give her the room to figure it out. I fully intend to purchase book 2 and 3 in the future, as well as a actual physical copy of book 1(I currently own a digital download) since I have two little ones who one day, God willing, will benefit from SCM arithmetic series.

  9. Wendy

    I started Book 3 this year for my teenage daughter who has dyslexia and dysgraphia, receptive language challenges, and weak working memory. She has had significant trouble getting beyond very basic math, and remembering which operation to use . Recently I discovered that when her interest was peaked with real-life use of math, she was more engaged. We have been using Book 3 of the CM arithmetic series this year, and we are both so excited by her progress. Learning math through real-life word problems has been a game-changer for her. I am so thankful for this series. Is there any word on when Book 4 will be out? I am so eager to help her continue to move forward in grasping and applying and enjoying math.

    • Tamara Bell

      Hooray for your daughter! We are grateful to read that The Charlotte Mason Elementary Arithmetic Series has helped her progress!
      We do not yet have a release date for Book 4. It has been written and we’re working through the publication process now. We don’t want to get everyone’s hopes up with a release date because all three of the previous books in the series have taken longer than we anticipated as we’ve triple-checked everything to ensure that we’re publishing an accurate math book.

      When Book 4 is ready, we’ll announce it in our e-mail newsletter: https://simplycharlottemason.com/subscribe/

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