Sunday, December 11, 2016
The following is a homeschool review of "Liberty Mathematics Level K," published by Christian Liberty Press:
I started working with my grandson this semester. He loves this math book. There are 233 pages. The index shows exactly what is covered here. Students will learn their numbers, how to add, subtract, and how to write their letters. They will learn how to measure, how to tell time, and much more.
My student used a pencil for the very first time while using this book. I taught him how to hold it, how to write with it, and how to use the eraser. He was amazed and feels that "school time" is very important, especially because we only use the pencil at this time!
How much time does it take?
The first few days we worked on page one. I wanted him to get familiar with holding a pencil and how to write the number presented. After he started to understand the process of using workbooks for school (not just doing what one likes with coloring books, etc.) he was able to do an entire page in one sitting.
It can take anywhere from a few minutes (depending on how the student is doing, in order to avoid frustrating him), to 15 minutes. Again, this depends on the student and how much he is willing to do.
I would suggest doing only one page per day. The purpose is not to rush through the entire book, but to learn (day-by-day) and develop the skills of following directions, practicing the lessons and remembering what one learns.
What age should the student be?
This depends on the student. It may work well for a 4 year old, but most students start at the age of 5.
What I like best about this Math book?
There are no color pictures! I find that full color workbooks distract the student from their lesson. Liberty Mathematics has small illustrations in black, gray, white, and a simple green color that works very well. I find the book has just the right amount of illustrations, and written work, so the student can focus on learning.
What about the Teacher's Edition?
The teacher's manual is 17 pages. It includes a section on setting goals so you can visualize what to expect from the lessons. There are 15 units presented with ideas on how to best use the student book.
Each unit has a list of objectives, suggested drills and suggested games. I love that the manual is very brief and to the point. It is also very affordable!
Are there other resources?
Liberty Mathematics level K Flashcards work very well with the student book. I love flashcards because they are a great tool for doing drills. Students are quickly able to memorize math sums which makes doing their lessons much easier.
Once the student learns all his numbers (after the first unit) I would suggest doing the flashcards each day before starting the day's math lesson. It is a great warm up to help sharpen his mind. He does not need to do all the flashcards at a time, but a sampling of them to start would work well.
You can find out more about this book, and even take a look inside, at the Christian Liberty Press site.
This post is the second in a series of reviews I am doing using Christian Liberty Press curriculum. I hope to do 2 reviews each month as I work with my grandson for Kindergarten. To start with the first post, please see the introduction:
"24 Years of Homeschooling with Christian Liberty Press"
* Disclosure - I received these items for review purposes.*