Math on the Level at a glance
Math on the Level does not look at all look like traditional math program, for it was designed for the home, not the classroom. It is not one-size-fits-all. There are no workbooks. It has no grade-based scope-and-sequence. Instead, the curriculum has four teaching guides that show you how to teach any concept from pre-k through pre-algebra and three resource volumes that make it a complete curriculum you can use to teach your whole family.
Introduced in 2007, we chose the name "Math on the Level" as a play on "maturation level." Recognizing that children do not develop mentally at the same pace, we do not try to force a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we designed the curriculum to give you the freedom to choose the teaching sequence and set the pace based on when you determine your child is maturationally ready to learn. It lets you take longer for the slow learner or speed up the pace for the quick learner without the stigma imposed by grade-level expectations. Moreover, we used practical, real-life teaching methods that are usually missing from classroom materials. The teaching guides often include more than one teaching approach to help you address different needs and learning modalities.
Our goal is for your child to develop a fuller understanding of math through real-life learning and individualized instruction. The teaching guides and Math Adventures volume show how to use normal daily activities as a teaching tool to help your child understand math concepts. By starting where children already have high understanding (their concrete world), math can be learned in a way that is relevant, multi-sensory, and fun. On two three days per week, math time can be an activity which uses and reinforces the math concept they are learning, and the math lesson can readily come from your normal daily activities. Rather than trying to learn and deliver a script, you can make math instruction happen while going to the grocery store, traveling in the car, cooking, or even playing games together with your children.
We also want to make sure each child retains what has been learned. Traditional curricula typically use short-term drill and large problem sets, even though that approach often produces frustration and poor long-term retention. We use an individualized review-over-time approach which uses fewer daily problems. Each newly learned concept starts out with daily review; as the child demonstrates proficiency, the concept is moved to less frequent review (2Day, Week, 2W, or 3W). What the child sees each day is a 5-a-Day paper with a mix of old and new concepts. This system gives continuing practice every concept ever learned, so nothing is forgotten, all without tedious busywork. By focusing on the child's need for practice and by stretching practice out over time, each concept moves from short-term to long-term memory. (The curriculum includes an easy-to-use spreadsheet that automatically handles all scheduling of 5-a-Day reviews.)
First-time homeschoolers often consider using classroom materials for home instruction. Many "old timer" homeschool families used classroom materials all the way through (largely because these used to be the only choices available). However, we feel that approach misses the real benefits of home instruction, which has little to none of the restrictions of the classroom. That is why we developed Math on the Level -- to help you make the most of teaching your children at home. Remember, classroom materials are designed to meet the challenge of teaching a class of 20 to 30 same-aged students whom the teacher doesn't know well but must teach together at the same time. If that does't sound like your home, then leave classroom materials and methods behind and consider a curriculum designed by homeschoolers to help you be successful teaching your children at home.
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