Charlotte Mason used manipulatives to teach math. She emphasized the importance of "things" before "symbols." She also wanted students to have a good understanding  of  why  they  would perform  a  certain  math  function, not just how to perform it.

 

Choose a math curriculum that uses manipulatives and includes the WHY behind the HOW.  Word  problems are a great  way to explore the WHY.  Keep lessons short;  you  can do two shorter lessons at separate times throughout the day if needed.

 

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                     is designed to teach students specific skills that build as the student progresses. This systematic and cumulative approach uses a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction. The Math-U-See system is structured with step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, practicing, and mastering concepts. Each lesson teaches using multi-sensory tools such as videos, manipulatives, and other resources, designed to appeal to any type of learner. With these resources, we are able to adapt to a variety of homeschool styles.

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Math-U-See’s unique program contains the following:

1. Colorful manipulatives are used to teach mathematical concepts from kindergarten into high school. Not only are the manipulatives highly effective at teaching math concepts, but they are also fun for students to use.

2. Instructional videos and textbooks show the instructor how to use the manipulatives to teach math concepts. This empowers the instructor and allows for more time to work with the student. The videos can also be used for student instruction and review of previous concepts.

3. Student workbooks focus on practicing and systematically reviewing concepts and tests that assess student progress. Clean, uncluttered layouts keep students focused without wasting time.

Not all children need advanced mathematics, such as Calculus. If your child finds math fascinating  and wants to pursue it, feel free to do the advanced math courses. If your child is not math-inclined and doesn 't need an advanced course for college requirements, do the Stewardship course and give him practical experience as the family  bookkeeper .

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