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Teaching day-to-day

Each day your child will start math time by doing five practice problems you copy from the supply provided in the Teaching Guide. The rest of your math lesson can be a formal instruction time where you sit with you child and teach a new concept, or an activity where you demonstrate how math is used through your normal daily life. In general, on two or three days per week your math lesson will involve a practical activity where the concept can be demonstrated, and on the other two or three days per week you will follow with direct teaching. You may be working with just one child at a time, or you could be doing an activity that includes your whole family. For example, the lesson on Large Numbers to Billions is one which can be taught to any age as long as each child knows how to read a 3-digit number.

Math on the Level does not require you to follow any particular teaching sequence. For parents who are comfortable with more structure, we provide a Suggested Teaching Sequence, but we encourage parents to use it as a guide as they create their own teaching sequence based on the needs of their children. The record keeping system is easy to use and will keep track of what each child has learned (and schedule the 5-A-Day reviews). However, even the Math on the Level record keeping system is adaptable, and you can use it rigorously or else loosely if you prefer to avoid paperwork.

The entire focus of Math on the Level is to provide the tools you need to teach in the way that works best for you and your family. Therefore, how it looks day by day will depend on your family's patterns and teaching methods. Some parents prefer a very structured day while others teach in a more relaxed manner. Your daily experience with Math on the Level will be unique as you discover and adapt to your children's strengths and weaknesses. The curriculum provides a flexible framework and thorough yet adaptable tools and methods so your children can learn math with success instead of stress.

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