What Is Mathematics? Projects

Many times we stick to our lessons and forget about the projects listed in the Teacher’s Section.  You can find lots of neat ways to learn mathematics by doing the projects, which is a more hands-on method of learning.  Here is an excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1:  What Is Mathematics?

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  1.  What are the laws of love in your home?  Make a list.  Can you think of a new one your family may need?  Practice it, and especially this week.  (Example:  All family members will be respectful of other peoples’ things because they love them.)
  2. Do you see mathematics in nature?  Find examples on at least two days during your nature walks this week.  Use your backpack.  (Example: leaf pattern on a branch – spiral, alternating, parallel). Write the examples you find in Our Nature Study Book.  Make a parallel to your Bible story and use the character quality of love.    Use three examples 1) numbers, 2) quantities, and 3) measurements.
  3. Help the child think about Mathematics as he goes about his daily life.  (Examples: the time he eats each day, the number of people eating at each meal, etc.)  Have the child draw pictures of three laws of mathematics he experiences in his day (as relates to love and the Bible lesson).
  4. Together, as a family, save enough money to purchase the book Number in Scripture by Bullinger to add to the family’s library for a resource.
  5. Do a survey with adults and ask them the question, “What is Mathematics?”  Write down their answers.  What did you learn from them?

 

Mathematics Instructions

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  1.  Try to make mathematics more concrete and enjoyable by making story problems from your Bible lesson and nature lesson; use a blackboard and write a problem out (or a stick writing in the dirt), letting the student work out the answer, then let the child give the teacher and problem; or, as you are working at a project, make it into a mathematics problem, etc.  Help the student to see that mathematics is a simple part of life.
  2. Practice mental problems – where the child has to work out the answer in his head.
  3. Let the child work at whatever level he is capable of doing in the workbooks.

Excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1:  What Is Mathematics? – Teacher Section

Reflect – Consider This:

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A lighted piece of paper laid flat on a piece of metal will go out, for the metal absorbs the heat and starves the flame: so does gold laid close to the soul cause the holy flame of love to God to shrink and die. The heart cannot embrace God and money; and, therefore, if it gives its affection and solicitude to the latter, it is guilty of idolatry. “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5)

Excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1: What Is Mathematics?

An Example

“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him.” Luke 2:40

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As a child, Jesus lived within the laws of mankind. “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him.” He learned as children need to learn today. His mathematics study was taught through the practical duties of life. He learned mathematics through the things His own hands had in the beginning created in nature and the work he did in the carpenter’s shop. As He recreated things of wood (from trees He had created) with mathematical calculations, so He would recreate men who would cooperate with Him.

Excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1: What Is Mathematics?

Where to Learn Mathematics

gabriel-jimenez-jin4W1HqgL4-unsplashHave you noticed how Jesus almost always used an outdoor or country setting for most of His teachings when He lived on Earth? In the very beginning, He chose to have man till the soil which offered experience in using mathematics, such as:

  1. the increase of one seed to many
  2. the size of space needed to plant
  3. when to plant
  4. calculating straight rows
  5. the amount of space growing plants will need
  6. to know what is the best way to use the produce of the garden in glorifying God

Excerpt from Grades 2-8 / Lesson 1: What Is Mathematics