Making Math Meaningful
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin)
"Let me assure you that your child CAN understand math. Even if it is not their best subject, when they learn to understand it, math will become more and more meaningful to them." (David Quine)
"The chief value of arithmetic, like that of higher mathematics, lies in the training it affords to the reasoning powers. The child may learn the multiplication table and do a subtraction problem without any insight into the rationale of either  without seeing the reason of them... A bag of beans, counters, or buttons should be used in all the early arithmetic lessons and the child should be able to work with these freely." (Charlotte Mason)
DESCRIPTION:
Making Math Meaningful is the original, awardwinning, handson manipulatives math program. It is the ideal program to elevate a child’s conceptual reasoning, because it uses math manipulatives to teach the child not only how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, but more importantly, why and when.
Written specifically for the homeschool family, Making Math Meaningful guides the parent to introduce each concept using simple conversations (“What I Am To Do” and “What I Am To Say” are provided for you).
Students will be equipped to solve every kind of math problem or word problem, will have the understanding to apply their knowledge to everyday life, and will be prepared for algebra and other higher maths. Making Math Meaningful is truly the best mathematical education you can offer your children!
Problem:
Too many children are “doing” math without understanding what they are doing. They are being taught to simply parrot back math facts, memorize math formulas, and plug numbers into formulas. Endless drill and practice is not the solution.
Solution:
Every new math concept must first be introduced with manipulatives. Students must be given time to work freely with them. It is important that students figure out for themselves solutions to math problems rather than being told or shown what to do. The focus must be to think mathematically, rather than simply memorizing math facts.
Levels Chart
KEY FEATURES

Follows Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and methods for teaching math.

Written parent teaching script for levels K4; Levels 56 and Algebra are addressed directly to the student

Every new concept is introduced using objects; the use of manipulatives is the key to understanding math:

Fun learning format with tangible applications to life

Ultimate tool for solving word problems

Foundation for abstract reasoning


Uses informal conversation to address reallife problems

Integrates arithmetic, geometry, and algebra into the same lesson

Focuses on conceptual reasoning