Over the last weeks, I have been sharing my resources for Classically Catholic Memory. This week I am sharing some living math books and activities that we used for Classically Catholic Memory year Alpha. If you’re not familiar with Classically Catholic Memory (CCM), CCM is program that offers memory work content to explore and memorize in religion, history, science, great words (poetry, speeches, etc.), Latin, geography, math, and a timeline. I talked about how I utilize and organize CCM , and how I plan out our daily intensive which is a focused time during our morning time routine where we focus on one subject from CCM in order to make connections to other subjects or areas of life. Basically, this focused time allows our family to integrate our lives with our studies.
In CCM Alpha, the math memory work dedicates the first weeks to skip counting to 12, and the last 7 weeks are devoted to geometric formulas. For the skip counting weeks, we sang songs and did fun number mazes. Over time though that got to be a little redundant, so we shook up the intensive a bit by adding fun geometric coloring books, an activity centered on geometry and a living math book read aloud.
We use Saxon math, and it has been a blessing to our family culture. Saxon allows my children plenty of time for contemplation and connections using the spiral method. I find the spiral creates space for intuition to grow because of the repetition. I have noticed that Saxon does a fabulous job of teaching the larger abstract concept and the more detailed concrete subjects connecting them together for a firm understanding. I have also found that mimetic instruction has come easier using Saxon; I will caveat this whole post with the fact that I teach math as the language of God to my children. Therefore, I do not view math as an independent subject; I have dedicated myself to teaching a lesson of math to my children no matter their age. Just like when I am walking my children through morality or scripture reading, mathematics deserves to be taught and discussed with a student.