Our Thoughts On Math
For the last few years I have been on a mission to find just the right math resource for us. Our family has tired most of them and they were not a good fit. We wanted something simple that would teach our children the basics. I have to be honest, and say that I am not one of these people who feel that my kids must use what some people call a “rigorous math curriculum”. I wanted to teach my children math that they would actually use and leave most of the stuff they will never utilize out. There are other ways to teach problem solving, and critical thinking skills. My children are taking piano lessons for example, music is very mathematical and uses the same side of the brain as math.
Changes We Needed To Make
Well, for awhile, I tried using the popular homeschool titles that most moms have heard of. Then, once again I decided to get off of that hamster wheel. Why was I forcing my children to learn things they will never use, and that I hated in school? Public school, or what others were doing should not be the standard for our homeschool. I had to take some time to really think about our goals, and where math would fit in. God was going to come first in our school, and home. I don’t even like using the term school. We are a family and not a school. I am working on changing my terminology and saying our home learning, or home education.
Secondly, I knew that preparing my children for life outside of our home, and adulthood was vital. I want them to be fully equipped and prepared to provide for themselves and to thrive. Lastly, I wanted to focus their learning in a way that we could build on their gifts and talents. God put particular gifts in them to be used for His glory. I want them to fully develop what God has placed on the inside of them. My children are very creative and artistic. A complicated math program just to say my children are so smart would not benefit them in the long run. I know my children love learning, and I don’t need grades, or the amount of knowledge they have acquired to validate me as a parent, or my children. Since when is being smart academically the most important thing in the world anyway? As Christians we must remember we are called to be holy (set apart). What good is it to know the most complicated trigonometry if you don’t have love for others?
Keeping Homeschool Math Simple
I am completely off subject here, but it’s true. We in the body of Christ need to look at our priorities when we are making those homeschool plans. We should ask ourselves how does this add to my faith. What value does this add to my child’s life in the long run? Life is short and I don’t want to waste a moment of these precious years with my children on things that they don’t need.
What We Are Using
Therefore, I searched and searched for what would work for us. I finally landed on Math Lessons for a Living Education. So far we are loving this math series. It is very Charlotte Mason friendly being that the books follow a story plot. We are currently using levels 1,4 and 5. My oldest daughter is just about finished with level 5 and I have already purchased level 6. I have finally found something we all enjoy and I will be sticking with it for now. It does cover some of the math topics that I do not consider essential, but it uses a very gentile approach, and so far, we have not had any problems. We also include hands on games and real life math situations. The kids help me shop, budget at times, cook and more. My children also like the Life of Fred Books. I am not saying this will work for your style of educating your children but this is working for us at the moment.
Math in America, the way it is most commonly taught, was designed to teach children how to think in a particular way. If you look up the history of education in America you will see the goal has always been to create a robotic society, not learning. I will use the Word of God to shape my child’s thinking. How about you? I will be creative in my approach to teaching and will find other ways to teach needed skills that will be life giving. God first and the rest will follow.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
That is all for now. Be Blessed!