For 3 days each week, all your children will play math games together, do math drills, and enjoy some fun competition. (Only one child? That’s okay! He or she will enjoy doing the drills with Mom!)
For the other 2 days, we provide “story problems” from the Bible, such as the size and mass of Noah’s ark, the dimensions of the tabernacle or temple, timelines and dates, the size of people groups, money, weights and measurements, distances between locations, and more.
We also study biblical and historical characters who excelled at math, and we learn why YHWH chose to use them for His purposes.
How to Use This Curriculum
LESSON PLAN FORMAT
The lessons include lesson plans for the teacher, designed to be printed and placed in her 3-ring binder.
- The supplies will vary from week to week, but we tried to include things you should already have around your house (like buttons, straws, coins, rubber bands, and crayons).
- Some lessons require printing things from the Internet.
- Hundreds Chart – Print this and display on your wall.
- Addition Chart and Multiplication Chart – Print these for each child, and keep in a plastic sheet protector in his notebook.
- Younger children need to color – a lot! Coloring a picture with crayons teaches valuable hand-eye coordination skills. Check these: (1) Can your child (or will he) carefully and patiently stay in the lines? (2) Does he have good enough eye-hand coordination to begin to learn to form his numbers smaller and yet neatly? (3) Does he have self-control? (4) Is he patient? Note that many of these are character qualities, all of which will be needed in arithmetic. If he is lacking in an area, begin to work on it throughout the day, proactively teaching before these things become an issue during daily math time. This will make school more pleasant! Have children through Grade 3 color a picture in a coloring book several times a week. You could also print a coloring page from a website like these:
- Mom should check the lesson plans for the week early enough to collect the supplies she’ll need and to print any needed charts.
- If you were to purchase anything, we would recommend a clock and an abacus. However, these are not required, as long as you have a clock in your home you could look at and simple objects your child can manipulate and count.
- Rulers, yardsticks, and tape measures are wonderful to have. These are number lines! Have them handy, and use them often.
- A calendar on the wall. We like keeping the Torah calendar in our home. We write ours on a blank dry-erase wall calendar.
- Flashcards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are handy. You could make these yourself, or you could purchase them inexpensively at a dollar store. I like having the fact on one side and the answer on the other, so that I can sort them by number family — but this isn’t required.
- Legos® are wonderful manipulatives to have. Not required, of course — but if you have them, keep some in your school area.
- A blank dry-erase board hung on the wall comes in very handy for math each day.
- Dry-erase markers and an eraser.
- The child will need a pencil with an attached eraser, plus crayons.
- Older students (4th-8th grades) have occasional need for an inexpensive compass and protractor.
If money is tight, be creative with what you have on hand!
This curriculum has two sets:
- Children from kindergarten through 3rd grade.
- Children from 4th through 8th grade.
Need Help Teaching Arithmetic?
If you are struggling with explaining an arithmetic concept, don’t be nervous. Send us an email if you’re having trouble understanding or explaining a topic. We’ll make a video and show you how we teach it at our house. That’s what community is for!
About Together Math Drills
Together Math Drills is copyright 2013 by Anne Elliott.
All rights reserved. No part of this curriculum may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. You do have permission to photocopy the curriculum for your own personal use. You may select individual pages to copy, or you may copy the entire curriculum! It is up to you how much of the information you want to copy and for how many children in your family you want to use it. You can copy this curriculum for use in your immediate family only; redistributing the book to other families is strictly prohibited.
Scripture taken from the King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
Scripture taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved.
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12).
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