“Of all his early studies, perhaps none is more important to the child as a means of education than that of arithmetic…The chief value of arithmetic, like that of the higher mathematics, lies in the training it affords the reasoning powers, and in the habits of insight, readiness, accuracy, intellectual truthfulness it engenders”
–Charlotte Mason, Home Education, p 254
“A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas. The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colors or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics.”
“Why are numbers beautiful? It’s like asking why is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don’t see why, someone can’t tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren’t beautiful, nothing is.”
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HOW TO TEACH
Study the resources below to understand why mathematics are important, what should be taught at teach age, and how they should be taught.
Remember to read the Simple Lesson Formula articles for details on how to teach each subject.