# Real Living Math

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about “Core Curriculum” math “Fuzzy” math and the math that our government requires our children to learn.  I think advanced Math is great and, yes, children should definitely know Math.  But as a Home School educator I notice something that is lacking, that is the emphasis on learning how to use Math to your advantage in Real Living.

For example:

Does your child know how to use a Checking Account register to record all transactions and how to reconcile the register using the Bank Statement?

Does your child know how to compute Sales Tax?

Do they know how to calculate consumer interest?  For example if they use credit to make a purchase to be paid over time can they calculate the total amount they will be paying?

Can they calculate miles per gallon based on actual usage?

Does your child know how to figure out the cost per base unit on an item, as in cents per ounce or unit? (like 1 egg or 1 slice of bread)

Can they figure out what their cost per serving is?  Or the cost per each meal served?

Can they figure out the cost per use of a product?  (like shampoo or laundry soap or hobby supplies)  And if they make their own product can they calculate the cost to produce the product then the cost of each use?

Does your child know how to read a Utility Meter and figure out their cost per unit used?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions I would encourage you to incorporate Real Living Math into your curriculum to educate your child on how to calculate these things to give them the tools they need to make Economic decisions in their adult life.

Blessings!

## 5 thoughts on “Real Living Math”

1. This is one of the many reasons I home school! I don’t want my children to be great test takers but to really learn and put that knowledge to use in everyday life. Great post! Thanks for sharing. ~Blessings~

• Exactly! Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to comment!

2. The curriculum we used from A Beka had copious real life math experiences all through grade school. And then, all were required to take Consumer Economics in High School. My kids know more about the Stock Market than I do!

• That’s awesome! I love A Beka curriculum.

• We love it too, and used it for all kids for K-12. We actually registered so that each of them received an official high-school transcript and diploma. I understand that many home schools of today are going the non-curriculum route, but when we started back in the early eighties – it was illegal to home school here. So much so, that a woman I know was arrested for truancy, and her four children placed in care – all while her truck driver husband was on a long haul.

My husband and I felt the support of A Beka Academy, which is accredited, would help us should trouble come along. Mercifully, it never did. HSLDA didn’t even exist back then!