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# Making Math Meaningful

Grades: K-6 + Algebra 1 and Geometry      Making Math Meaningful from Cornerstone Curriculum

"A curriculum for building a Biblical world view.  There are no seminars to attend and no videos to watch!  Simply pull the book from the shelf and start teaching.  Each child has his own student workbook.  Levels K through 4 give you a written script to teach each concept and skill. Levels 5 and 6 and Algebra are written directly to your child.  Perfect for all learning styles: Activities using manipulatives for kinesthetic learners. Activities written using a natural conversation format for auditory learners.  Activities using pictures for the visual learners.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT is the first key to Making Math Meaningful. The conversations you have with your child over each concept and computational skill will minimize misunderstandings and enhance learning. Simply giving a child a work book or even a tradition textbook and asking him to work on his own leads to many misunderstandings in math. Such misunderstandings are sometimes not noticed for months and then very difficult to correct.

MANIPULATIVES give symbols meaning. Using objects to introduce each new concept and each new computational skill is the second key to success.

THE LEARNING CYCLE is a three phase learning strategy that is unique to Cornerstone Curriculum and the third key:

PHASE 1 - EXPLORING THE CONCEPT: Each lesson begins with math problems your child already knows how to solve or can solve using objects. This group of problems represents a very specific pattern. After solving the problems, your child will then be asked to state the pattern in his own words. In most cases, your child will actually explain the principle very accurately.

PHASE 2 - EXPLAINING THE CONCEPT: The statement of the principle, its proper name, and corresponding formula are explained in this phase of the learning.

PHASE 3 - EXPANDING THE CONCEPT: The last phase of the of the Learning Cycle is an application of the principle. In this phase of the learning, your child will either focus on a deeper aspect of the same principle or the study will move to a closely related principle."

Parent-student set \$45, student book \$20, Parent's book \$25