I should note, I’m not real big on curriculum. I like it as a reference, and usually I use it only for that reason. We are semi-unschoolers, unit-studiers and overall we follow each day where it leads us using the resources at hand and trying to make learning fit into the nitty-gritties of the daily routine.
However, I kept getting emails from ‘Math by Hand’ and they were great. Each one geared toward a specific grade level, I couldn’t keep myself from reading the tidbits of wisdom about including math in a joyful way; a way that is bright, cheerful and sensible. So, with each email and craft idea I became more interested. Weaving, games, crafts, cooking, poems, stories, colors even. Math is everywhere, and doesn’t have to be just flashcards and worksheets.
So, I now have in my possession the Grade 1 binder and I love it. Everything in it is useful and the ideas expressed within are so much like my own! If you want to win me over use this quote in the intro: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world.” –Einstein. I really had no idea how enjoyable learning math could be, how logical and seamlessly it could be added to our routine.
Based on Waldorf methods and through movement, form drawing, play, construction and more from what I can tell ‘Math by Hand’ is a thorough way to make math work in my kids’ minds. And, even though we’re doing grade 1 level activities, they are so enjoyable that Leviah (age 3) joins in and loves it too. And, as most homeschoolers with multiple children know, catering to different ages is tricky…
You may have seen the new ad in the side bar–I’m thrilled to be able to have ‘Math by Hand’ as a sponsor here, and dually thrilled to have found such a good match for our learning style.
Did I mention how fair I think the prices are? I’ll say as a do-it-yourselfer I could probably round all the materials up myself, but the information is far beyond what I’d find on my own, and the gathering of the materials would take longer and most likely be more expensive in the long run. What a convenience to have it all together, a convenience that moms of 3 are quite willing to take advantage of 😉