Is Math Lessons for a Living Education Enough?

Good morning! Now you guys know
three main things I’m going to repeat them all throughout because that’s what
we do. First of all Math Lessons for a Living Education. What is this video about?
That’s what it’s about. A Charlotte Mason inspired math curriculum that is blowing
away the math market because there’s just nothing else like it and we’re
going to talk about it today and what sets it apart. Secondly, if you are
interested, you can get it there’s a link (below) where you can take a placement
test scroll down will you see a big button that says “placement test” that’s where
you’re going to go and find out which level you want to place your child at.
It’s not graded it’s level based so that you can find where your child is best
going to fit and help them master the concepts or fill in any gaps that they
may have. Also if you do end up purchasing there is a coupon code (below)
that you can use for your purchase to help save you a little bit because, you
know, every bit counts. All right I’m going to open up my video here so that I
can see your guys’ questions! Okay so I was really really hoping to get Angela
on with me so you could see her face in the corner…
But alas once again though we tried, it is not working we have to test it out I
think some time on our personal pages because that needs to happen. But she’s going to
be replying to your guys’ comments in the comments below as well so I’m going to
give my own personal take. There’s going to be times I’m gonna actually defer to her
and I’m gonna ask her the questions I have a list of questions you guys have
given me on my Instagram as well as over on Facebook and wherever else I posted
it in the event so we’re going to be using these questions and then what I’ll
do is once I’ve given an overview and gone through these questions I’ll go
through the live questions in today’s video. So grab yourself some coffee… it’s
gonna be fast paced, it’s gonna be intense and it’s gonna be fun all right I know ‘give us Canadians some
love’ I’m giving you love from Canada it’s a winter wonderland outside but you have
to buy the curriculum get the PDF if you guys are in Canada, get the PDF version so that you can download it use it for multiple kids and
print it off at Staples, it’s the best and cheapest option for you it’s
cheaper than even getting an Amazon here in Canada so just sayin’, free tip the day
for Canadians. All right so here we go I’m gonna start off with the overview so
here’s how the overview is gonna work Charlotte Mason inspired math if you are
not familiar with Charlotte Mason it is a philosophy of education based off an
actual person who came up with this philosophy of education and it basically
takes in the idea of educating the whole child not just their mind because we
focus in education so much on the brain let’s focus on the brain let’s
“educate our children” the reality is your child has to choose if they want to
be educated. Anyone else have a child that doesn’t seem to be choosing to be
educated? So we want to educate the whole child we want to teach to and inspire
the whole child because if we’re not inspiring our children all around then
they’re not going to be retaining what we’re teaching them because it’s just
random facts that mean nothing to them. So the idea behind it is you are often
you’ll see Charlotte Mason homeschoolers getting out there, involved in nature,
stories, reading together, read aloud’s copywork, narration, it’s this whole
experience of education rather than a workbook that you work through. So that
is the idea behind a Charlotte Mason curriculum and we’re gonna see those
philosophies embedded all throughout this program. So as you can see I have
all six levels in front of me this is a Christian-based math curriculum. Okay?
That’s really important for those of you that absolutely don’t want any Christian
content; this is full of it! So this is a Christian-based math curriculum, first
off. Secondly it only goes up to grade six. I’m going to say this
right now, or level six, I guess you could use it for an older child
if they’re struggling you might want to go back but it only goes to level six. It
is not going any higher it’s an elementary based math program that’s
what it is. So we’ll talk about what you can use for the later grades for those
of you that have been asking cuz that question has been popping up so let’s
just, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna open it up and I’m going to kind of read
through a bit of the scope and sequence of each one and then show you a picture
in the beginning and a picture of the end and what I want you to understand is
that, if you, afterwards I’ll post the link to the actual event page where I
was talking about this and in that event I’m going to create a separate post for
each level and you’ll see a higher resolution photo of these levels so if
you want to see the scope and sequence in depth then you want to go to that
event and you can scroll through and see. So I will make sure to post that link
after but for now let’s just take a pook pook, pook, that’s not a word!
Wow. Homeschool win right here! Peek! We’re going to take a quick peek! Okay level one so scope and sequence. Are you ready? I’m not gonna read them all, cuz, you know, we have lives. You’re starting off with learning your numbers okay they’re gonna be identifying number
zero to nine they’re learning how to write them they’re learning how to form them. This would be you know really good for Kindergarten/Grade 1 depending on
where your child is at. There’s a placement test, like I said, online. You go
to patterns you go to circles and shapes you work with place value level one is
really focused on place value and if one of my kids pop in which does probably be
long enough that they will I’ll ask them to bring me my iPad because I forgot
about that I can show you a really neat app that you can use so you’re gonna build your
own place value village so your kids are kinesthetically, hands-on, getting to
see and build using a place value village so they can see it in action not
just on paper. They learned the symbols plus, minus, equals, they learn how to
add they learn how to subtract and they it goes into time, skip counting, tally
marks, solving for an unknown. They’re learning about skip counting by twos,
fives review of numbers and learn all the way up to 100 so it really is a
comprehensive program that’s gonna take them all away from number identification
all the way to telling time knowing their shapes knowing their numbers
understanding place value as well as addition and subtraction. And you guys
place value is something that I think often can be a gap so what happens in
math is that we push our kids along and they don’t fully understand place value
so now when we get into decimals and fractions and all different sorts of
things they’re not grasping this concept and it’s affecting them in all their
other math concepts so let’s take a look at the first page exercise one day
one. They are going to be learning their numbers and how to form them and we have to take our time with that. It’s done through copywork as you can see because a lot
of kids do things backwards or wrong. And every week starts off in all the
programs with a story. So in the beginning levels you’re gonna read it with the
kids and the later levels they read it independently which brings in
connections from the real world around them so kids are actually building
connections with these concepts rather than just having to memorize them if
they’re understanding how these concepts look in real life. Okay so that’s… so then you would have five days of worksheets/
lessons to work through to reinforce the concepts that you learned in the story. So
that’s kind of the basis of it. I’m gonna skip forward to the end so you can see
fully and this is day 148 but it does show you they’re already learning true
fractions and time so for those of you that are thinking this is like
Kindergarten level this is definitely more of a grade 1 level.
It is recommended for kids ages 5 to 7 and that’skind of the basis of
what they’re going to be learning. Okay So that’s level one, let’s go quickly to
level two and then I’m going to get into the questions. Level two: what they’re
learning. And the reason I’m going through this you guys, is because a lot of the questions
is “is this comprehensive enough” so I want to make sure you understand what’s
included in each level. Level two we’re reviewing: the first section of the
book is going through review. We’re going into money, skip counting, addition, double digits plus double digits, measurement, perimeter,
telling time to the minute, place value to the thousands, addition, carrying to
the tens place, subtraction, borrowing regrouping, thermometers, bar graphs, line graphs pounds, ounces, measurement, subtracting
money, adding money, word problems yeah okay so that gives you a basic overview
let’s look on the beginning of the program. I’m gonna take you here, okay so
this is level two, recommended for around grade two and for around ages six to
eight. And then I’m going to skip forward to the end of the book to give you an idea of kind of where they will be. That’s
graphs, word problems… sorry I’m just trying to find a good
indicator page here. Measurements, um okay here where they’re learning about
subtracting money! Okay so let’s move forward to level three. Don’t worry you guys, I’m going to catch up on comments as well after. Don’t forget! If you’re new and just
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All right, level three starts off they’re reviewing and then it goes into column
addition, larger numbers, larger number subtracting, rounding larger
amounts of money, division, multiplying, area, fractions, um place value through
the millions, estimation, measurement concepts, introducing solving for
unknowns, which as you guys know, when we say solving for unknowns we’re building the
base for algebra, Roman numerals, estimation, all that kind of stuff and then review. Okay so level three, the beginning, is this one. And somebody said it only took their child five minutes to do level three math which we’ll go
through when I go through the questions but it definitely takes my kids longer
than five minutes. So we’ll talk about time. It’s not as long, it’s not like
it’s taking them an hour for math which I love. They can generally, if they
put their mind to it, they can get it done in you know 20 minutes-ish. Fill in
the blanks, equals… I’m just trying to find Here we go…
okay so level three towards the end Level four what they’re
going to cover is review, new fraction concepts, adding and subtracting like
denominators, so now they’re adding and subtracting fractions,
multiplication, carrying using elevens and twelves, geometric concepts, steps of
division with no remainders, larger multiplication, division, checking
division, division with a remainder, so we’re talking long division here guys,
metric units of measure, mixed numbers, adding and subtracting with like
denominators, equivalent fractions, decimals and fractions, relationship
between fractions, decimals, and percents, geometry. Okay so that’s kind of an
overview of what’s included. Now I’ll show you, my son started off here, the
level four. Okay obviously I’ve marked this, so it starts off with review. So if
this looks easy that’s just because it’s reviewing, right? We’re reviewing all
the concepts that you would already need to know. And then towards the end… I’ll show you this one. So you’re dealing with fractions, addition ,subtraction, all that
kind of stuff. Okay level four. Now we’re into the last two levels here. Level five
scope and sequence. Level five starts off with review and now we’re working with
two digit divisors, factoring, common factors, greatest common factor,
proper and improper fractions, changing improper fractions, sums containing
improper fractions, least common multiples, finding a common denominator,
adding fractions and mixed numbers with uncommon denominators, subtracting
fractions with common denominators, adding mixed numbers… just basically:
fractions fractions fractions with uncommon denominators, adding, subtracting, really
mastering. Multiplying fractions, divisibility rules and dividing
fractions, dividing decimals, making change, and then review. So I’m not
listing every single thing guys, just an overview. So in the beginning, this
is kind of where they’re reviewing what they’re expected to kind of know at the
beginning of level 5 which is about a grade 5 level or for ages 9 to 11 and by
the end… this is around what they’re doing. Remember this is still story based
so they’re reading their story but they’re doing it all independently and
it’s just helping them to build connections with the lessons that
they’re doing. Now level 6 is the only one that comes with a teacher’s guide
and the reason for that is because lesson instruction is built right into
the books so for level 1 and level 2 lesson instruction is built in. It’s
written to the teacher so that you can read it and do it with your child
because children who are in grade 1 and 2 are not reading independently. You have
to do it with them anyways so it’s written to you. Level 3 starts off being
written to the child so now they can start to do it more independently and
there’s an answer key at the back of the book. The pages are all perforated so you
can rip that out if you want to. Now level 4, 5, 6 they’re all written for
the child but level 6 is the only one that has a separate teacher’s guide. So
in the teacher’s guide it has your student quizzes. It’s also the only one that
has quizzes. It has your weekly lesson schedule and your answer key and
solution manual so here’s an example: I’ll just give you an example of a quiz in the beginning and a quiz at the end because that will give you a good indication okay
what it is at the beginning. Sorry. And let’s go through to a quiz towards the end. The
word problems aren’t going to show you a huge amount, just words, but they’re
covering a lot in those word problems. okay so this is level six.
Now level six scope and sequence and I’m going to then go right into
questions and answers. They’re working with whole numbers, averaging, factors,
fractions, review of fraction concepts, adding and subtracting,
multiplying, dividing fractions, it’s advanced fractional concepts now that
we’re going into. Decimal basics, percents savvy shopping how it brings it into the
real world… and I did one of those! If you want to watch a funny video, go back and
watch where I do one from level six! Because, whooo! It really brings it into the
real world 😉 geometry, maps, graphs, charts, units of
measure so let’s look at in here. Where we’re at beginning to end and then we’re
going to go into the question and answer time. I feel like this is really important
because the the main question that I’ve seen repeated over and over is is this
comprehensive enough and I really want you guys to understand how
these all work and then I’m gonna get into how comprehensive they are. Okay
here we go, question time. And like I said I’m going to be coming back and looking
at the comments as well. Here we go, on Instagram I’m gonna name your Instagram
name because that’s all I have and if you’re watching you’ll know your username.
Becisdomesticbliss asked: “How much work on money is there” most of what we’re talking about in these levels is adding and subtracting and multiplying
with money. Where it gets into the actual look of money is I believe in
level two. Possibly a little bit in level one as
well um so there is some just like there has to be with any math. For me I’m in
Canada so I think you were you were saying you were in Australia, if I
remember correctly, and so that’s always an issue with you with US curriculums and I’m the same Canadian curriculums I mean I want it to be Canadian money but the
reality is is not too much difference for me in the size of it and I just I
just bring in our money and I lay it on the table and they they go for it that
way um so hopefully that helps but most of it what you’re dealing with once they
understand the visual concept is adding and subtracting and all that different
stuff with money which should be able to be applied to no matter what you’re
doing um okay so 5grubbies, which I love your Instagram handle, said, “Is your
daughter in kindergarten and using the grade one book?” Yes she is. The reason for that is because she’s a keener and she’s absolutely beyond ready. Now I showed you a picture from that was her book for the level one and you’ll see that her threes
are backwards her sevens were backwards often her fives are backwards so she’s
ready for the content the written work is is challenging for her she constantly
gets it backwards but here’s a little news flash so does my eight year old.
My eight-year-old constantly gets his 7s backwards his 5s and his 3s so I
don’t think that’s necessarily a new thing and that wouldn’t be a reason that
I wouldn’t use the program. As far as content and her ability, her pencil
grasp all those different things she’s more than ready. She loves the stories
she grasps the concepts very well and so we dove into it. My four world will be
five in the spring she would be eligible technically if I was using that same
philosophy to try it she’s nowhere near ready. So again that has to be based on
your child. My five-year-old is more even though she’s kindergarten more in a
grade one level in everything her reading everything so I wouldn’t take
that as like an indicator that this is a Kindergarten program. It’s grade one
content but it is working for my kindergartner because she’s advanced. okay pinkLola37 said, “There is only tests for level 6 and I wish that there were
tests for level 3 to 5.” Now I’m gonna get my own take on this but I would love to
hear Angela if you could pop on on that question and respond with what would you
recommend for parents that want more of that review they want to feel like
they’re testing their children I’m going to talk about narration and how that
plays in but I would really love to hear your response to that if you have any
recommendations for testing or for a parent to feel that confidence that
their child is fully grasping. So we’re gonna wait because I know she’s gonna be
tip tapping away and we’re gonna wait for her response on that and then I’m
gonna I’m come back to it. Next. Okay Fidelermommy which hopefully I’m
saying it right guys said, “Would one level last a whole school year?” Yes one
level will last an entire school year. let me open it up to level three okay so
there’s 36 lessons so every lesson sorry I’m so distracted I’m
waiting this here um there’s 36 lessons so you
would do one less than a week so you’re gonna read the story at the beginning of
the week new concept and then you’re gonna go through into your into your
daily worksheets so hopefully that answers that. It is enough for an entire
year. It’s a full-year curriculum, in this! You don’t have to buy five different
things you just need to buy this, right? Win-win! Okay here’s what I’m going to do, level six. I’m gonna help tackle this question here and for all. Level 6 and level 6, here is what I did. The questions I’ll go through ‘I’ve heard they’re below grade
level’ ‘high level math are they prepared?’ ‘Does it adequately prepare children for
higher math upper level math?’ ‘What do you do past level six?’ ‘How are they prepared?’ ‘I’ve heard this not thorough enough…’ Okay. Over and over and over and over again so I’m going to answer all of your questions at once, here we go. Here’s what I did. I went on First of all what I would personally
recommend what I probably will use unless I see something else, I’ve got a few years. Maybe some new math is gonna pop up, but from what I see I really like the idea of
Teaching Textbooks but I felt like my children weren’t getting a mastery approach and they were missing so many things so this
has been filling in so many gaps and is building a mastery approach which I am
way preferring and that’s why we are using this curriculum but for higher
levels from what I can see that seems to be probably what we will go to either
that possibly Math U See, it might be hard to jump back into I’m not sure for
those of you that are asking what I’m going to use for higher level, not a
hundred percent certain, but that’s probably the direction that I’m going
right now is Teaching Textbooks. So what I did is I went onto their site and I
looked at their placement test for for grade 7. Grade 7 would be what you would
do after level 6 and I printed it and I compared the questions of what they
should know before going into level 7 with what they are covering in level 6… par! Completely point for point! In fact I also went
and printed the pre-algebra grade eight Teaching Textbooks quiz and honestly
everything that I am seeing here is here (in MLFLE) So is your child prepared for upper
level math? Go and do the same thing I did go and print off the the tests okay here
is your the page from the placement test for the grade 8 teaching textbooks okay
then if I go to math here if you can clearly see the dividing with fractions with
mixed fractions multiplying I mean they’re doing adding decimals we’re
multiplying decimals here and then the division that they’re giving I don’t even see division here… Oh! 44.45 divided by 3.5 I mean there is much larger
division covered in this one and solve and check for the unknown. So take a look
at this solve and check for the unknown see right here if you can, I’ll post it
afterward if I can find it again. Alright, and then here you can see the same things
are covered in the level six and we’re not even at the end of this program so
that question… I mean and Angela can talk more to it about the approach and
the design and all those different things but I can tell you from a homeschool mom that’s just saying, “Is my child prepared?” it’s pretty easy to tell.
I went and printed off the test I looked at the content everything that my child
needs to know up to grade eight is covered in the grade six and if you go
and you look at the placement test for level 1, grade 2, grade 3 at
Teaching Textbooks or other comparable math curriculum companies you will find
it as comparable with the scope and sequence that I showed you or told you
about in these math programs. So again I have to clarify that because I feel like
this question is the main question I’m being asked, “Is my child
prepared? is this enough?” Yes it is enough! It is enough, it is enough. And by doing
less your child’s going to retain more than when you give them so much
information and they’re hammered down that they can’t retain what they’re learning
it means nothing to them and they hate math! As opposed to let’s give you a small
amount let’s teach it in such a way that you master it and therefore you only
have to do this smaller portion and yet all the same content is being covered
and you’re well prepared for any other math curriculum they’re going into. Okay,
mic drop. So I’m passionate about that idea because that idea of people
feeling like they have to do so much is a huge problem in the homeschool
community and you know where it comes from is our own experience with school
and we just can’t get over it. The public school expectations the idea
that our kids need to be bogged down with all these language arts and writing
and reading and you know all those things yes of course are important but
there’s a way to do it without that much it does not have to be that much okay
preach! I know, see my hands are going I’m preaching. Okay simmer down. NikkiWMullins asked if the curriculum comes with DVDs, no it does not but it doesn’t
need it! you’re gonna read the story which is engaging and then they’re gonna do
the lesson and older kids are gonna do it all independently. Okay I’m gonna
skip through all the upper level math questions because I definitely covered
that. Let’s see, spiral or mastery Paula asked. I found that interesting because I
would say mastery approach because it’s fully you’re mastering the concepts but
I was watching some of the responses from other people and I saw that Randy
had commented, he’s from Master Books which is the publishing company that
published the the new rendition of this that’s what else I was gonna say and I
don’t have a pen or I would write it down cuz I’ll forget. ok um he had said that
somebody had reviewed it in the education, school world and said that it
was both because basically is a mastery approach we’re gonna master this concept
together with the spiral approach of a review built right in so as you’re
mastering you’re constantly reviewing and then you master something else but
you’re constantly reviewing what you’ve learned so it brings in the best of both
rather than being one or the other which is awesome right you don’t have to
choose you can have your cake and eat it too that’s what I was gonna say see I’ve
already forgotten I’ll remember. Not thorough enough which I’ve addressed “How does Charlotte Mason differ from public school?” Public school if you’re looking
at homeschool styles is is traditional learning traditional learning of what
our culture tells us learning needs to be where it’s bookwork and you sit down
and you just do all this book work and all these worksheets and that’s what you
do you sit at your desk and you do your book work and you’re tested um whereas
Charlotte Mason is different Charlotte Mason is let’s learn through life let’s
find ways of helping that speak to you all around let’s make it enjoyable let’s
make it relational learning and that’s what this math brings into it that
relational concept of learning and I was going to say something else about that –
testing! Testing you guys. My own two cents on testing and I know that Angela
would agree with me here because it’s built right into this. The Charlotte Mason concept of testing is narration and what we mean when we say narration is that your child
has to explain to you the concept. If I work with my
mathematically challenged daughter and I talked to her about place value and
she’s doing place value, she’s doing it correctly. She can say a number 1362 so
the understanding is there but is the mastery there? If I gave her a test she
would get it right because she would write that number correctly or she would
understand the place value but if I say to her tell me why you pronounce that
why do you say 1000? How do you know what each of those numbers represents? what is place value? she can’t tell me because she hadn’t mastered place
value. Did she know it? yeah she kind of knew it and was practicing it but has
she mastered it? Now if I given her a test I never would have known that. It’s
only through narration when, and it’s built right into the program because it
will say, ‘have your child narrate to you the connection between division and
multiplication’ what’s the connection between those? that division is basically
just finding the missing number if you already know your multiplication. Right?
So it’s finding these connection points if your child can’t say that because
they haven’t fully mastered what is multiplication and what is division then
they’re doing it but they haven’t mastered the concept so rather than
testing our kids which can bring stress and anxiety to your child can make them
feel like they’re failing and it is not the best way of finding and identifying
where your child is at, we use narration which helps us fully see in a very quick
amount of time, it’s fast I don’t need to set no timer and do no 20 minute quiz
I can ask my child a question and based upon their answer or lack thereof I can
very quickly identify okay you’ve mastered this but you’re missing this
there’s a missing point here that you’re not grasping we need to reinforce this
we, I need to do that part of your lesson with you for a little while we need to go back to using or place-value village so that you can really understand the concept
behind this because I want you to master it. Those are my two cents about for people
that are concerned about testing and again if my child is doing enough
because in this program there narrating throughout they are because they’re
mastering it. One of the things that when Angela and I were talking about this of, “is
this enough and how do we know that this is gonna be enough?” is that this has a
much longer track record than what people think. People think this is a
brand new program and it just came out and you know because it’s becoming so
popular it’s hitting the world kind of thing and people are thinking, ‘Well it’s
new it’s not really tested how do we know that it’s enough?’ but the reality is
this is not a new program this was published, Angela correct me if I’m wrong,
but in 2010 Angela published it. It’s just that is now been picked up by
Master Books and is being reformatted and pushed out again and published under
Master bBooks as the publisher so it’s been re-edited, there’s a new version of
it and it’s awesome, color, bright engaging but the program itself was
already there and it has just testimonial after testimonial after
testimonial of children that it’s worked for that have used it all the way
through so if you’re concerned about that to keep that keep that in your mind.
“How does the cost of printing compare to buying the books?” if you’re in the US it is way
better to buy the books. I mean that couple dollar difference, printing is way more
than that. But if you are in Canada then I would recommend it’s probably gonna
cost you, if you do it in black and white it’s probably gonna cost you about
eight to ten dollars or whatever to print it and that’s gonna be way less
than your shipping cost so that’s why I say PDF. Use the coupon code (REBECCASFRIEND) and then print it at Staples here in canada okay so here are his flashcards that he made so the same
idea of he wrote a story for each one and then he colored it and he
illustrated it and he writes the entire math fact this way so that there are
memorizing the whole math facts rather than just parts of it and then on the
other side you write it up and down so again visually when he sees that he’s
gonna do it like that because he’s seeing in both directions um okay here’s
another one that he made. Ii know you can’t really see super well. You can see his coloring though, right? um “There were seven hummingbirds and two bears and
there was nine mooses and the mooses won.” It’s all about them building
connection with those numbers though and once he colored this and did it you guys
oh my goodness, hi retention on these is crazy so there’s the flashcards um “Are
there some kind of hands-on projects?” yes there are there’s a storyline that it
follows and there’s hands-on projects in Math three in the beginning they are
making… Well, for time I don’t know if you guys ever saw where I did an
entire week, I think I did it with level two I did an entire week with Math
Lessons for a Living Education and we pulled out… he was understanding time
okay the concept of time, and so we made an entire poster for it where we drew
out circles and it was included in here it told us what to do and said take a
poster board and draw 12 circles on each side and they had to make the cloth of
12 o’clock one o’clock two o’clock three o’clock one side was a.m. one side was p.m. and then he had to draw pictures of what he was doing at each of those times he
rolled that up took it with him everywhere he went. He called it his
life plan from whatever that show is and he loved it loved it! And he fully grasped
the concept he understands time better than any of my other kids because he did this project. So yes there are hands-on projects
included. It’s a story based learning that breaks it down. Even when they
introduced word problems I was blown away because before we even got into
solving word problems we first talked about word problems and the steps that
we should go through of writing down the different numbers or circling the
different numbers that we’re talking about looking for clue words like how
many are what’s the difference of or we can add or subtract it broke it down for
us so when we got into word problems it wasn’t this huge hard thing it was okay
we have a clear step-by-step process we’re gonna work through. yeah Teaching
Textbooks is expensive the thing is I that’s why I say like as far as what I’m
gonna use moving forward once we’re past level six at this point there were
things that I really loved about it but I just found that as far as the
foundation and what was happening was we had done almost an entire year of it
and then we kind of took a break for summer and we went back to it
and my daughter had so many gaps she hadn’t mastered. She had been doing it
but she hadn’t mastered it and so we were we were struggling then moving
forward because there were so many gaps in her learning. So because of that, this
made a huge difference for us and we have to continue with this specifically
for her because she just has so many gaps and we have to go through it really
slowly so that she can help to reinforce and build that mastery because there’s
no point pushing them ahead you guys no point you keeping up if your kids aren’t
there if they’re not mastering it and we are failing our kids by pushing them
ahead for the sake of being at the same grade level as their peers. My two cents.
Talina, you’re terrified of teaching? yeah seriously you want to laugh? go watch my
“Mom tries to do her child’s math” I did the grade six one and I’m glad I didn’t do the fractions one I think that I did that specifically because I would failed I
would have failed. You feel like it’s teaching me in a way you never learned
yourself. Exactly I love that yeah With unschooling I think this works
really really well because the idea behind unschooling is child directed
learning or delight directed learning or having your
child be interested in it and passionate about it not just giving our
children busy work for the sake of doing it and because of the story concepts
built into this it is engaging and your kids will want to do it and therefore
retain it so much more because it’s not this huge battle to get them to do their
math. Yes it won’t be an issue to switch to Teaching Textbooks I mean like I said
I did two placement tests and they are well-prepared
well-prepared to go straight into it so what I found was so this curriculum will
walk you through how to build your own place value village with beans you don’t
need to spend a whole lot of money on manipulatives right? It’s everything that
you have around your house but what I found was that my space is so small in
here it’s like this little nook room and I have no space that I’m working with
plus my kids were playing with the beans a lot so I was contemplating how to
continue to use something that was not that I didn’t have a lot of space for and was making
a huge mess and I found this really simple app I don’t know if you’ll be
able to see it because of glare but it’s called place value and it’s just it
doesn’t go thousands so it’s not perfect but it has ones, tens, and hundreds I don’t know
if you can see it there and basically what you do try to turn it down for
glare is you tap one and it puts the number up there four, five, six, seven,
eigh,t nine, ten and you’ll see once I get to ten it turns red I don’t know if you
can tell that that’s red so that means that they can’t fit so I need to move it
over to the tens house now I’ve got one ten, zero ones so they can actually write
it down they can keep their charts which looks like let’s see if I have it here but the place value chart they could
take it out, here we go and they could be writing it on their
place value chart at the same time as they’re building it with the dots and
then when they’re done or you want to reset you just swipe it up and it clears
it, isn’t that cool? so you can either do this and build a number to see it okay
144 or you could have them build it and count all the way up to that number if
they really need to grasp the concept where you’re building all the way from
ones and then a ten and then building and then when you have ten tens it’ll
tell you that’s too many and ten tens you got to move it over to the hundreds
house isn’t that cool? So it was 97 cents or something like
that it’s not perfect but it’s a neat solution if you are if you’re chid’s
struggling with place value. Karla, “you love it so much what other materials
would you recommend to use with this a learning clock?” it’s all built into here
so they make their own clocks you can you can get a learning clock I mean
they’re like six dollars on on Amazon that you could try where they can build
it along with the lessons it’s not necessary though, everything that you
need is at the back, there is a manipulative section and you would rip out and you
can laminate or just use and you can you know, reinforce everything you’re
learning there. Of course there’s additional things that you can add to
the program and supplement with but it’s not necessary. So it’s a way of making it
really affordable for families but still adaptable to be used however you want to.
“The best way to retain math facts that’s your biggest hurdle you practice and
practice and she just can’t remember” that’s our warning you guys five minutes
and actually I’m gonna use this as a warning that in five minutes I’m gonna
wrap this up because I think I have been droning for quite some time yes
it’s been an hour! You guys you stuck with me for an hour!
If you have been here since the beginning you’re amazing, gold star! So
the best way to retain math facts are these which again is built into the
program. It will tell you to work on your math flashcards your right brained
flashcards where you’re combining the logical concept with the creative
which is helping your whole brain to see it as well as you’re
kinesthetically creating and you’re drawing and you’re seeing visually so it
builds in and then you’re reading it to yourself you’re reading the story or
you’re reading the seven plus two equals nine so it’s all these connection points
helping you to retain and master and learn that very quickly because you’re
engaging all of your senses. The best way are these math flashcards. If they’re
struggling with multiplication, do these. If they’re struggling with division, do
these! They are the best way to retain math facts when they can be engaged in
part of it. It’s time-consuming take your time
add it to every day of your math say “okay we’re going to two or three of
these a day” so it’s not too much and we’re just going to continually add to
it and then every day build in time working through your flashcards spend
less time doing this and more time doing this! If your child is struggling
you’re wondering about reinforcing you know helping them where there are gaps
and you’re continuing to learn new concepts you can either slow down on the
math that you’re doing or continue with that but also do these which is built
into the programs you should be doing it all and if you’re not and your child has
gaps it might be worth adding them it’s
worthwhile time investment it really is because it’s gonna help them master
these concepts and it’s just a little bit of day don’t overwhelm them a little
bit, five minutes with your math flashcards I want you to flip them
around and teach them to your brother five minutes we’re gonna work on our
flashcards today and add some new ones some new ones that we learned or that
you’re struggling with. “Level six is geared to what age group?” middle school
age level six would be about grade 6 level the reason that we’re not boxing it in with grades is because every child is different and there’s
gaps and you want to go back if your child has gaps you’re taking that
placement test and you’re mostly ready for this but not quite always better to
go back always hands down is gonna build their confidence and bring them an
enjoyment in that subject and they can whip through it fast if they want you
and if most of it they get gonna help them enjoy it a lot more so
when they move on they’re ready for it and they don’t have a bad taste in their
mouth when they’re considering that subject. “Won’t they get bored by going
back?” again, dependent on your child because it’s not 50 pages, I’m
exaggerating, of math that they would be doing in a day it’s a couple pages I
would say likely no. Most kids are gonna go through it and say wow two pages of
this and they went through it really really fast and then they’re gonna hit
something that they kind of struggle with and they’ll take them or you know
they’ll have to take more time with but you can also skip you could skip to
where it seems appropriate and I did that with my daughter who we started a
new math book because she fully had understood everything of hers but we
skipped all the beginning and because we were starting in the middle of
the year and we weren’t doing a summer break we didn’t need to do all the
review so we skipped all the review and we went right into the new stuff. So
adapt it make it work for your family. All right, that’s it guys! All the
information I can possibly give you in a short amount of time. We could talk all
day about this and hopefully sometime soon Angela and I can do a Zoom or a
webinar about this where we can talk from the experience of author and
homeschool mom and you know bring it all together for you guys and answer some of
these questions in a different format where you can see both our faces and
hear both of our voices so that’s it that’s all I have for you have an
amazing homeschool day and I hope to see you guys again whenever I go live next!
Stay tuned watch my page!

50 thoughts on “Is Math Lessons for a Living Education Enough?”

  1. Super helpful! Really appreciate the time you took to do this for us! You have helped me a ton with homeschool stuff!❤️

  2. Thanks for this info. It is helpful to me as i’m Currently in my first year homeschooling my grade 5 and 3 kids. Math is not a favourite over heae esp. for my eldest. We currently use TT grade 3 & 5. Do you think next year my eldest would be ready for level 6 if we went this route, she had some gaps from years of public school. Also I was looking at life of Fred as a supplement to try to make things more interesting, maybe get her to like math again. Are you familiar with this program? If so is it similar to this one with the story element? One more thing…I also am in BC, we currently are DL and have to follow bc outcomes closely and report to our homelearning support teacher weekly. Are you DL or registered? If you are DL I wonder how closely all your curriculum choices follow the outcomes? As I love all of what you are sharing but wonder if we could still do some of these while being DL. Thanks so much!

  3. Do you know how different this is compared to when it first came out? I have all the PDF versions of this from a few years ago. It's definitely colorful now, but I wasn't sure if the content has changed much. Thanks!

  4. How long does the coupon last? I’m at a HS conference right now and I met Angela. She’s great!! I’m looking to purchase the Math.

  5. I've seen someone suggest level one for… get ready for it "A two or three year old". I was pretty horrified. I agree, it's Grade 1 or advanced Kindergarten if you take into account more than the first few pages.

  6. We switched from MathUSee to Math For a Living Ed this school year. We have not had one teary day with this curriculum. My son is level four and he LOVES this book. He can do most all of the work on his own with just a little help occasionally with new concepts. I have already ordered Level 5 because he said he loves this set and wants to follow the story more.

  7. Oh my gosh! Your video tipped me back on the MLFLE bandwagon. I had bought level 1 last year when I was at a Curriculum Sale. I ended up selling it and bought Christian Light Education math 1 thinking I wanted a more 'traditional' math. It's all in a heavy box (2 teacher's manuals, 10 light unit workbooks and flashcards, etc…) under my bed (we just finished Singapore Essentials Kindergarten math). Hmmmm…Math Lessons for a Living Education keeps popping in my mind since we are very relaxed homeschoolers and love Charlotte Mason Philosophy (short lessons, copy work, narration). I watched this video this morning and now I want to purchase level 1 again. LOL

  8. Did you buy the book for each kiddo or a book and a download for making extra copies of the worksheets and reading from the book? I am pregnant with my 5th and my 8 yr old will need to do level 1 in the math. I will probably have her sister do it at the same time though.Thanks for any advice on that and for this video!! We are doing Christian Light Education (which we love) but it does move through place value quickly thus far and when it said have them do it on their own she wasn't ready. I was looking at Math-U-See but they are in line with Common Core which steared me away. I have not called to ask about this one yet but am very interested in trying it if they didn't addopt common core 🙂

  9. Is there a list of all the flash cards to make? I want to do them ahead of time and can't find just a list of ones used for Level 1 😀

  10. I'm looking into purchasing the level 2 and 3 for my 9 & 10 year olds, they "know" almost everything but cant really explain the WHY of it all which to me if they cant grasp the why everything g further along is going to be full of tears and frustration. My question is would you just skip through the what they know and do where they are falling short Or would you just have them go quickly through it all o ly slowing when they get to the parts they need more re enforcement???

  11. Hi, I just watched your video about the 10 math curriculums, and now this one. My 11-year-old daughter has learning disabilities, currently switched her to Math-U-See after several curriculum fails, lol. She's on around lesson 6 in Gamma (multiplication) and without actually testing her, I think she would probably be in book 3 of MLLE with ease or 4 with challenge. She hit a road block with double-digit multiplication. Now I am torn on continuing with MUS, because so far it isn't "broke" and seems to be working, and trying the MLLE, or kind of alternating with both if that were possible. MUS is totally mastery but this seems like it would cover more things? I do already have the investment financially in the MUS— any thoughts? She is very right-brained, artsy-craftsy but 2-3 years delayed in everything.

  12. In another video you mention you have a 4 year old. Have you started any math with her?

    My almost 4 year old is very advanced in math, and loves it (counts to 100, knew her colours, shapes, patterns etc between 2.5-3, etc). I’m looking at starting this curriculum with her in September. If it gets too difficult, I’ll stop for a while.

    Does this sound like a good plan of action? I’ll have to modify a bit because she struggles with writing the numbers, etc.

  13. IM keen to try this Curriculum, I wish there was an international version with metric and add your own currency … I’m in Australia so money and measurements is tricky but doable

  14. Thank you for your awesome videos! Not sure if it was covered in this video but would you or anyone on here say this math program
    Is good for dyslexia? Thank you in advance for any insight.

  15. Is this curriculum Bible or just Chistian? Meaning will I find Bible stories and text in it or just mention of God and good character.

  16. Do you find yourself having to supplement with other games/activities/approaches for your kids to understand the concepts or do you feel they get things pretty well from the stories and workbook exercises?

  17. Hi my name is Lucretia, my husband in the photo:). Thank you for your great input in all the homeschool curriculums. I stopped Singapore maths and jumped over to 'math lessons for a living education'. I started from scratch with my little girls and I love it. I think it's brilliant!! Thank you. Absolutely because of your videos. God bless you, Sweetheart !!

  18. This jumps from learning numbers and how to right them to fractions?? All in the same school year? That's seems fast to me. I want to make sure my son is really getting a good grasp on math. He is turning 4 next month. He's counting to 30 and recognizes numbers to 29. So I figured I could start with this but now I'm not sure.

  19. We thought we found the perfect math in MLFLE til we actually started using it. My son was 6 and in grade 1 and blew through level 2 in 1/3 of the prescribed time. We switched to the second half of CLE level 2 light units and dollar store grade 3 math books. However, it seems to work well for my friend's child who struggles with math and needs a gentle approach.

  20. I have an 13 year old working grade 8 and am curious what higher level math curriculum would be recommended since this only goes to a level 6? Thanks!

  21. Thank you so much for the time you took to go through this product and reviewing how it is working for you and your family. I am new to home schooling with a 4th grader and have been fumbling with finding concise math lessons that will also catch the gaps I am seeing. Thank you.

  22. I am using MLLE for my adopted granddaughter. We chose this curriculum because you highly recommended it and have no regrets. She is 6 years old and doing very well in Book 1. My question is at what point should they stop counting with their fingers or using an abacus? Should I have her memorizing addition and subtraction cards at this point? Thank you so much!

  23. Thank you for this review. I was a little on the fence about this curriculum because I viewed another vlog by a homeschool mom who found she needed to supplement this curriculum with another more workbook based one for her child. Honestly, this sounds extremely comprehensive, and of course, I love the idea of math in stories (my kids are really little – PreK) so it might be perfect for them because they enjoy a story. Can't hurt to give it a try, right? Thank you so much for taking the time to do this review.

  24. Do you still use TT? I really wish I would of found this curriculum instead of using Saxon. I am currently using TT. And he likes it. But wanting to know if I could use this next yr

  25. *slams books around (camera shakes) lol she so acts like me. I have add and run around a mile a minute around my 5 kiddos under 8. I'm really honest and real. And I love how she is so honest about being a mom and all the feelings around that. It's rare to see, and shes like a breath of fresh air! HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE YOUTUBER , over huge channels! HER VIDEOS should have millions of views! I love her! Can you tell? Lol

  26. Your daughter that pops up on your right looks EXACTLY like you! I love how video skips and shes just disappeared lol

  27. I know this is a strongly christian curriculum but my question is how much is mentioned? Are all the stories all revolving around it?

  28. Would it be too much math to use this as a supplement to Right Start math? Which of the two do you prefer. Is there a way to have the two to work together? I like both programs and I don't know which to pick. I like both for so many different reasons.

  29. Thanks for your review. We went ahead and bought MLFLE Level 2 for my soon to be first grader (or Year 2 as we call it here in UK). I bought it to be used as a supplement, however, having used it for a month or so now it could definitely work as a stand alone curriculum, and would be "enough" if you decide to stick with the series throughout the primary/elementary school years. It starts very very gentle but definitely builds on itself. For my daughter who is a lover of math, level 2 meets her where she is currently at from page 80 onwards so the program would not work for us as a stand alone program but as a supplemental activity book it's working very well and she's finding it really fun to use. Esp. the hands-on crafts!! Which I love too as it makes the math so concrete. My fav element of the program by far, is definitely the oral narration where you can check your childs understanding of concepts. This in particular is the real hidden gem in this curriculum for me right now.

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