What Exactly is “Living Math” and How Do I Teach It?

Maybe you've heard about "living books" or "living math". Maybe it sounds appealing. Maybe it sounds overwhelming! Come find a great resource!

If you’re a fan of Charlotte Mason or if you’ve spent much time in Charlotte Mason circles, you may have heard of “living books” – books that present a warm, “living” look at a subject in an engaging, often narrative style. And, on target with our Math Month conversations, maybe you’ve also heard of “living math”. So, what is that and why does it matter?

Maybe you've heard about "living books" or "living math". Maybe it sounds appealing. Maybe it sounds overwhelming! Come find a great resource!

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Lucky for you, I’ve brought in an expert to help us out! Cindy West of Our Journey Westward has written a very helpful book called “Loving Living Math” and I know you’ll … well … love it! So, what is living math? Cindy says …

It stems from real-life, and is natural and relevant to the student. Often, living math is hands-on and even playful. It can easily tie into other subject areas since real-life usually doesn’t segregate subjects.

Living math sounds great in theory, doesn’t it? You don’t have to use a textbook. It’s relevant to kids because it’s a part of real life. It’s hands-on, so it engages their learning and memory. The only rub is that sometimes the idea of leaving the textbook behind is kind of scary. Cindy understands those fears …

Here’s the sticking point for many people. They don’t mind the idea of stepping away from the text, but really have no idea what to put in its place. You’re in for a treat! I’m going to share some of my favorite resources for finding ideas and give you several activities to use!

Here are some of the goodies Cindy has to share:

  • How she schedules her homeschool time so that they have a chance to step away from the textbook without overwhelming the schedule.
  • Ideas and resources (and even a bunch of free activities included!) for incorporating logic study and practice in your living math experience.
  • Ways to spice up the review of math facts.
  • TONS of resource ideas, from board games to online math games to books (like this one!) to other places to find great activities.
  • Integrating math with other subjects – even writing!
  • Great suggestions for good math manipulatives to have on hand.
  • Real life activities and responsibilities that involve math thinking and skill.
  • And LOTS MORE!

Cindy is graciously giving away THREE digital copies of this awesome math resources. I promise, just reading through the first couple of chapters on the philosophy and theory of Living Math will breathe such a breath of relief and inspiration into your homeschool!

You can grab your copy of “Loving Living Math” HERE and use code ‘LoveMath’ for 30% off!

(Even if you’re planning to enter the giveaway, go ahead and grab your copy of “Loving Living Math” now. If you win, Cindy will happily refund your purchase price, or let you pick another item out of her shop instead!)

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Loving Living Math Giveaway


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