I did much research this weekend on Living Math. How to apply it, what exactly does it mean and how to begin transitioning over along with a million other questions I had running through my mind! I’ve done lessons here and there that I’d consider Living Math, but not as a my typical method or style. I found a ton of information and I have many Living Math books on their way. So with new knowledge, ideas and some much needed inspiration- we kicked it off today with some Poetry Math using two of Shel Silverstein poems! (if interested, just type in a search, found many pdf’s) Under my Living Math tab, I have listed many books and links on this subject.

I read the first poem* The Googies are Coming, *and with the use of our change jar in front of us, we answered the follow up math questions as well as some of my own questions I had for him. He loved it! I actually heard the words “this is fun” come out of his mouth! Words that don’t usually go hand in hand with this 8yr old and math! For the last question on the sheet I grabbed the calculator and showed him how to actually add up a total using the decimal point key, and reminded him to always add it up twice before making your final answer. Normally, I would not take out the calculator for math, but I did read about introducing the different buttons on it and teaching children how to use them. He can add mentally as a rule so I thought the added calculator to the lesson would be a switch and he’d learn another little something. We proceeded on to the next poem *Smart *and finished the follow-up math questions on this poem as well.

I also use Life of Fred for math and we did a Chapter in that book as well today. The lesson in today’s chapter was about seeing patterns in things. Such as a game of *Which of these things is not like the others. Example:* 7 36 8 1/2 in which you can see, could be any of them depending on your thought process! He chose to say the 1/2 because it was a fraction, to which I said is correct, but it could also be 36, it’s a double digit, could be 7 it’s an odd number…and so on.

I took out a workbook for a Grammar lesson next and said there is a lot here, why don’t you just do the first column. He said “hold on” muttered to himself aloud….*there’s 24 here, 12 in each row….cut that in half…that’s 6.*…How about I do 6 in each column then? Absolutely! Great math buddy!

Hey! He told me he doesn’t know division.. but he used some today! Way to go!!

We do living math and IXL and it works out well this way. I like living math but I’ve seen too many test that boringly ask for worksheet-knowlegde. It is therefore that we do both.

I will link this blogpost on our Dutch/Belgium list so that more people can read it.

Cheers, Paula

Yes, Joanne- I pointed that out to him, and he says really? I did division?! Then did a little victory dance for himself 😉

Paula,

Thank you for sharing the link. I agree with you. I’ll combine the two methods as well, using LOF, Horizons and Living Math. I think it’s a nice balance and combination to keep him interested and confident.

Take Care!

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