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!

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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!

21 Comments

  • Tracy May 4, 2011 at 3:55 am

    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?

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  • Richele May 4, 2011 at 5:23 am

    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!

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  • Anonymous May 4, 2011 at 6:00 am

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

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  • Michelle May 4, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Thank you! The ideas are awesome!

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  • jodi May 4, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Your blog has helped me with so many awesome ideaS!

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  • Karen May 4, 2011 at 6:57 am

    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.

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  • Karen May 4, 2011 at 7:01 am

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

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  • Barbara May 4, 2011 at 7:12 am

    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!

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  • Karen May 4, 2011 at 8:34 am

    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 dltk.com. At dltk, look for number stamps.)

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  • Brandi May 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

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

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