Living Math Ideas

Last week, I reviewed Loving Living Math by Cindy West. I love the ideas she presents in the book, and plan to implement the ideas for next year. (See my review here.)

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a planner, and so I’ve been working on ideas to add into our homeschool. Of course I’m going to share them with you!

For now my plan is to do 4 days of Text Book math, and 1 day of Living Math. I figure if I do 1 Living Math lesson per week, I’ll need at least 34 ideas for next year’s schedule. So far I’ve come up with 45 ideas to pick from. I added in printables where possible to help you implement the ideas in your homeschool as well!


–> Click here to download Living Math Ideas <–

This is just a start to my Living Math ideas, and I’d love to hear what you all incorporate in your school as well. The ideas in this download are mainly for early elementary level students. For preschool, you can easily add in any type of counting, sorting, patterning ideas as well. You can even include them in the activities presented in this book as well. You’ll have to show them how to measure things and read a ruler. And what preschooler wouldn’t love to do some liquid measuring, don’t sell them short, include them in the fun and I think you’ll be surprised!

If you haven’t gotten your copy of Cindy’s Loving Living Math I highly suggest reading through it to get a great introduction on how to add Living Math into your homeschool!

Do you have Living Math ideas to share? Comment below I’d love to have more ideas to add to the arsenal!


  1. I loved her session at the Heart of the Matter conference. I thought seriously about getting her book, but figured it was probably for older children. Am I right? Are there many ideas for little ones?

  2. That's awesome! I use so many of those ideas but having a download and something to print off will make it so much nicer and on the forefront of my mind. THANKS!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was also wondering if there were ideas for the little ones. Pre-K/K?Thanks!

  4. Thank you! The ideas are awesome!

  5. Your blog has helped me with so many awesome ideaS!

  6. Here are some Living Math ideas we've done in K and 1st:Used M&Ms; for counting, making patterns, and working with charts;Used a toy clock to learn to tell time;Used real money and set up a toy store; Used the book Chocolate Math: Fractions (free from Currclick);Gave him his own tape measure and told him measure whatever;Used file folder games from filefolderfun and workbox ideas from homeschoolshare for skip counting and even/odd;Enjoyed the books Even Steven and Odd Todd, A Remainder of One, One Hundred Hungry Ants, Spaghetti and Meatballs for All, The Doorbell Rang, and How Many Ways Can You Cut a Pie.

  7. Forgot to mention: also used M&Ms; for adding/subtracting and used file folder games for place value (tens and hundreds).

  8. WOW!!! Thanks for THAT!!! I will need to seriously take some time to "digest," but from the quick peek I took, it looks great, Erica! I, too, may have some other ideas to add….I'll get back to you!

  9. You'll probably get tired of hearing from me! I thought of another one: we used dice for greater/less than. Roll two dice and tell which number is greater (or less, depending on what Mom asks for). There's also a file folder game for that on this site as well as filefolderfun.I think we also used dice for even/odd. For those of you wanting ideas for PreK, well, count everything! Make patterns with candy, snacks, beads, legos. Sort toys by type or size. Paint clothespins and use for patterns, sorting by color, counting by color, fine motor skills. Put number cards or tiles in order. (I think there are some here, as well as Homeschool Creations and At dltk, look for number stamps.)

  10. Is this mainly for older kids or could you implement it into your younger kiddos?

  11. Thank you for the download! Those are some great ideas!

  12. Thanks for the great information. Your blog is always so helpful.

  13. Thank you for this! This looks so exciting! 🙂 Can't wait to do this!!!

  14. Thanks! Great ideas!

  15. When I taught 4th grade I used Marcy Cook's math materials (Marcy I also used a game called the 24 Game.

  16. Hello and Thank you for this item…

  17. Stephanie C. says:

    Thank you so much for this! I have been looking for some living math lessons to add to our Life of Fred books. This looks like it will be a perfect addition!!!

  18. Don’t comment much but visit often. Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for the skip counting sheets and the Living math ideas. I also used severl print outs related to our workboxes…our first year using them. So appreciate you sharing your hard work and effort for others to benefit from. I have one special needs child and find little time to be creative. So THANK YOU tons!

  19. I know this post and resource is almost 2yrs old but I found it today on pinterest and I’m so excited! Thank you so much for this phenomenal resource! So excited to use some of these living math activities with my kiddos.

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