By Jamie York --- Shortly after I wrote the first book in the Making Math Meaningful series (which was for middle school), people approached me about the need for a similar book in the early grades. It was then, in 2009, that Wim Gottenbos, Nettie Fabrie, and I created the first edition of A Source Book for Teaching Math in Grades One through Five. In the ten years since it was published, it has become our best-selling publication. As I have found often to be the case, as time passes, new ideas come. So finally, a few months ago, the three of us found the time to work on the second edition of our book in order to make it an even more useful resource for Waldorf school teachers and homeschool educators. This new Second Edition includes week-to-week lesson plan outlines for all the math main lessons, and many more ideas for rhythmical exercises. For grades one and two, we share more ideas for the four processes and for working from the whole to the part. You’ll find more on the subject of measurement in grade three, fractions in grade four, as well as sample drawings for geometry in grade five. The second edition retains many of the key features of the first edition, including: detailed curriculum guidelines, specific ideas for math main lessons, and step-by-step progressions for teaching the most important topics and skills. This summer, teachers can pair the Second Edition of our Grades 1-5 Source Book with our Art of Teaching Math online workshops (grades 1-10). We’ve created these resources so teachers can build a solid foundation for bringing meaningful math to their students. The current session of our online workshops runs June 15 through October 31, and costs an affordable $150 for two weeks of access. Details at www.jamieyorkpress.com.
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