This morning, before the day got going, I wasÂ reading my email, just to keep it cleared out.Â Emails pile up worse than dust.Â On one of my lists, a list-member posted the link to a math program she found in response to a query from another list-member.Â I clicked on the link to see if it was worth adding to my website’s links on the "subjects" page.Â What I found made me frustrated, but not because the material is poorly written, or irritatingly vague, but because it looks to be very well done — and I want to share it with a child!Â I need a kid!Â Quick!Â This looks so interesting!Â I wish I’d had this link in 1990!
This is one aspect of homeschooling that many homeschooling parents rave about when asked, but it doesn’t get much airplay; the joy of imparting Learning to your children.Â
In reading the first grade teacher’s manual at the site, I can see things I would have liked to have done.Â I can see myself working with my little kids and helping them build their internal math structure block by block.Â Of course, my unschoolish side wouldÂ encourageÂ them toÂ play cards,Â board games andÂ dominoes,Â and bake cookies, along withÂ other on-the-job-training ways of integrating ‘math’ into their worlds, but the first grade book in this series also looks like fun stuff to do with little kids.Â (I need a kid!)
Out of curiosity about the consistency of the series, I just skipped to the sixth grade level book to see if, at first blush, it looked interesting too.Â Oh, yes.Â This paragraph caught my eye
- Q: Are all the topics in the CSMP curriculum really mathematics?
A: Yes. Mathematics is much more than calculation with numbers, and its methods include more than paper-and-pencil algorithms. The CSMP curriculum is filled with experiences that directly and indirectly relate to a wide world of numbers, their interrelationships, and the kinds of logical reasoning about these relationships that make mathematics an activity of interest and concern.
Oh, my goodness!Â A wonderful author wrote those words.Â I am practically beside myself with homeschooling-lust.Â (Where is a child?Â You must excuse me now, I need to call my daughter-in-law to see if my six-year-old grandson is busy. "Alex!Â Your dear, sweet grandmama has found this book of games!")
Oh, yeah.Â The site’s here.