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.
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.