TeachingGLStageMath

Teaching Math Classically

TeachingGLStageMathWhat we have done traditionally in our homeschool is we use Christian Light Math for grades K-4. I use it because it has an advanced Scope and sequence and is an excellent math program and can be done independently easily at a young age. For us about half way through the first grade our children are able to do their math on their own. This has resulted in children testing int Saxon 7/6 in 5th grade and receiving good marks on standardized tests.

Grammar Stage Classical Math

I am however going to change our methodology with the twins. From grades K-4 they will be taught their addition,subtraction, multiplication & division tables.  Dr. Robinson of the Robinson Curriculum suggest this way of doing math you can read “Math Facts and Saxon 5/4” for his thoughts. Previously, I was really tentative to get off the “school math” track. But after teaching math for 8 years to 3 other students I can see the TRUE value in children who fully know and understand their math tables. The best time to teach this sort of thing is when they are young and their minds are more receptive to repetition. I also sort of view early math workbooks as bus y work designed to keep students working longer then need be. We will use the following curriculum to work our way through the division tables:

  • Daily do free Xtra Math Computer Drills
  • Christian Light Math Cards & Schedules
  • Quarter Mile Math
  • Speed! Math Game
  • Math Bingo Games
  • Cathy Duffy’s Math Mouse
  • Addition, Subtraction  & Multiplication Wars

That’s right folks there isn’t any “curriculum” for our PK-3rdish grade kiddos just drills & games.

Later Grammar Math

As soon as they have mastered their tables I will give them the Saxon Math Placement Test. We will start each student wherever they place. Dr. Robinson suggests that they should place into Saxon 5/4, I hope so but we will see.

Logic Stage Classical Math

Once we get to the logic stage their math commutation speed should be solid and we will move into a more “traditional” study of math. For the Logic Stage my kiddos will  continue (or start) to work in Saxon Math. I really like Saxon Math and after watching a YouTube Video of Mr. Saxon’s attitude toward the Standard Math Community I like it even more. We use the Saxon DIVE CD’s which help all the different kinds of students we have in our homeschool to better understand the lessons they are doing. It also enables this ‘Mom of Many’ to act as the primary tutor and the teacher freeing me up to teach reading to small children.

We also add Challenge Math For the Elementary and Middle School Student (Second Edition) for gifted students to their curriculum so they will understand the why? We keep the “Key to “ Series handy in case anyone gets stuck on a concept or wants to explore a concept more deeply.

We will continue to incorporate games into our math our learning especially our favorite game SPEED! I also plan to continue using xtramath.com until all of the advanced math is conquered too.

I know this is a bit of a different way of approaching math and I hope my throwing the textbooks away for the early grade hasn’t totally freaked you out. But after so many years of homeschooling I can see the road so much more clearly, now that it is not clouded by fear.

Blessings as you determine how to teach your children Mathematics classically.

 

 

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

6 thoughts on “Teaching Math Classically

  1. I love your plan for informal math games and flashcards to study math in the early years! It sounds fun for both you and your children. 🙂

  2. Knowing how absolutely crucial and foundational it is to ALL other things in math to master those 4 operations, I’d say it’s a great plan.
    I am approaching math similarly with my 1st grader after realizing how difficult it is when a child does not master the facts early on. Lots and lots of repetition and games here too. So far, he likes it and is feeling successful.
    blessings, Joanna

  3. I really like this idea; I’ve been struggling with how to teach math classically when I don’t know it as well as I should. (Because I wasn’t a math person growing up. :P) I need to learn math in order to teach my kids.

    1. I think in the early stages of math we all know enough math to teach it. Additionally, I am not a math person either but as I have been teaching my children I have started understanding Math concepts in a way I didn’t understand them as a child. We must remember the Lord equips us we need to be equipped. 😉 You are going to do a great job teaching your kiddos!

  4. Great plan!

    I haven’t used a math curriculum at all with my children. We played games and drilled facts. This fall my son, 12, transitioned into Saxon 8/7. It’s been a breeze. In just a short time, he has easily mastered fractions, percentages, and other concepts all because he had his facts and operations memorized.

  5. That is interesting, Kyle. I started using Ray’s Arithmetic, which is really nothing but math facts. I was worried that I was missing something, so we added Saxon K (and now 1). I really enjoy Saxon, and the kids like it, but I can totally see how just focusing on the facts would be just fine. Thanks for the ideas!

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