Making Math Meaningful ® Series
A Math Curriculum For Teachers and Parents


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Making Math Meaningful Lower Grade Source Book Making Math Meaningful - A Source Book for Teaching Math in Grades One through Five.

By Nettie Fabrie, Wim Gottenbos, and Jamie York

8.5" x 11", 100 pages, Perfect Bound
ISBN: 978-1-892857-24-3


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This newly released Making Math Meaningful® A Source Book for Teaching Math in Grades One Through Five continues with the same meticulous detail as all the middle school math series. The major concepts contained in the lower grades book are:

Principles of Waldorf Education Working with "struggling" students
Will our children be prepared? Golden rules for teaching math
Topics in the math classroom Ideas for manipulatives, movement,
main lesson books, etc.
The art of teaching math

See the complete table of contents in PDF format.

What makes this book different from other math books for Waldorf teachers?
1. Detailed curriculum guidelines for first through fifth grade.
2. Overview of child development in each grade.
3. Specific ideas for every math main lesson.
4. Step-by-step progressions for learning the arithmetic facts, times table, basic
addition, and subtraction, long multiplication and long division, etc.
5. General ideas and suggestions for teaching math successfully in the lower grades.

About the Authors Nettie Fabrie is a trained Waldorf teacher and remedial specialist from the Netherlands. From 1976 - 1993 she was a class teacher at the Brabant Waldorf School in Eindhoven. From 1995 - 1999 she taught history and art history in the high school. Nettie has mentored teachers in Holland, the Chech Republic and the US. She is on the core faculty of Sound Circle Center, co-directs the Grade School Teacher Training and SCC's Mentorship Seminar, and is coordinator of the Remedial Program at Seattle Waldorf School.

Wim Gottenbos taught in Dutch public schools for 12 years before training and becoming a Waldorf teacher. Since then he has taken two classes 1st - 8th grade in Holland, trained and worked as a Remedial Specialist and teacher mentor. He carried two classes at the Seattle Waldorf School, one from 4th to 8th grade and another for 6th, 7th and 8th grade. In the fall of 2009 he will start again with a 1st grade class.

Jamie York's search for meaningful education led him to Shining Mountain Waldorf School (in Boulder, Colorado), where he started teaching math in 1994. In addition to teaching middle and high school math, Jamie consults at Waldorf schools and teaches math workshops across North America. In the summer, he serves on the faculty at the Center of Anthroposophy (in Wilton, NH) as part of their Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program.


Making Math Meaningful Puzzels and Games Making Math Meaningful - Fun with Puzzles, Games and More!
All New Third Edition!

By Randy Evans, Mick Follari, and Jamie York

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5.5" x 8.5", 174 pages, illustrated, perfect bound
ISBN 978-1-892857-29-3


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What's New in the Third Edition?

· Now includes easier puzzles for 4th and 5th graders
· Additional puzzles for grades 6-12
· More than 100 new puzzles in this edition

Are you looking for a new math challenge for your students?

Do you need a resource of ideas that will give your students the opportunity to experience the thrill of mathematics?

And, what about providing a good puzzle or game that will give everyone the understanding of true problem solving?

Randy Evans, Mick Follari and JamieYork have combined their knowledge and skills to create a puzzle and game book that is a perfect reference for middle school and high school teachers.

The book is divided by grade level, with an average of 20 puzzles per grade. It contains not only, puzzles and games, but also math magic tricks and classroom activities. It's an ideal solution for providing something different for tomorrow's math class!


The Making Math Meaningful Math Curriculum Series by Jamie York The Making Math Meaningful Middle School Curriculum - 3rd Edition
By Jamie York

How to Make Math Meaningful? That is one of the greatest challenges for math teachers - particularly in today's world! This Waldorf inspired math curriculum guide for sixth through eighth grades, provides a method of teaching that helps develop the whole human being.

8.5' x 11', 192 pages, illustrated,  Softcover. ISBN 1-892857-08-1.


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Jamie York's teaching experiences have brought him to understand that if math is to be meaningful to students, it must have these elements:

Be Developmentally Appropriate Challenge the Students
Work with Questions Offer Interesting Material
Allow for Depth Provide the Historical Context

As a Waldorf math teacher, Jamie realized this type of guide was greatly needed. Making Math Meaningful provides a direct and logical approach to teaching 6th - 8th graders math. Each grade level and topic include numerous examples and explanations.

New in Third Edition: Reworking of 7th grade percents unit, major reworking of 7th grade ratios unit. Two new sections for 8th grade, calculating the Area of Four Types of Triangle, calculating the area of a Cone and Pyramid and much more!


The Making Math Meaninful Math Curriculum Series - 6th grade teachers guide - by Jamie York Making Math Meaningful - A 6th Grade Workbook - Teacher's Edition
by Jamie York

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8.5' x 11', 72 pages, illustrated,  Lay-Flat, Spiral-bound softcover
ISBN 1-892857-06-5.


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What is the intention of this workbook? The sheets found in this workbook are designed for use as homework assignments during the sixth grade year. The whole thing emerges from a carefully thought out, developmentally-based math curriculum, which is fully described in my book, Making Math Meaningful - A Middle School Math Curriculum for Teachers and Parents, a book that makes available the material I have discovered and developed while teaching middle school math for several years in a Waldorf school. This material is both exciting and age-appropriate for developing the minds of this age group. It is an alternative to the normal "they-need-all-this-stuff-in-order-to-stay-ahead" approach.

6th Grade - The Year for Strengthening Skills. While there are new topics to be introduced in sixth grade math, much of the year is an essential review, or a furthering of material introduced in earlier years. The challenge is to weave in the review in such a way that there is always something new. Therefore each worksheet includes several review problems. The goal is for the students to enter seventh grade feeling that division, fractions, and decimals are all easy, and for them to be excited about learning math.

Who can use this workbook? While most of the author's teaching experience is within the Waldorf school system, the curriculum that York present in A Middle School Math Curriculum, which is what this workbook is based upon, can be effectively used by any teacher or homeschooling parent wishing to bring meaningful, age-appropriate material to their students.

Required reading. It is necessary to read Making Math Meaningful - A Middle School Math Curriculum for Teachers and Parents in order to fully understand the material in this workbook.

Topics covered in the 6th Grade workbook.
This Teacher's Edition contains answer keys!

  • The review topics from previous years are multiplication, short and long division, fractions, decimals, measurement, unit cost, factors, and
    estimating.
  • The new topics for sixth grade are casting out nines, exponents (powers), square roots, divisibility, formulas, the metric system, converting decimals to fractions and fractions to decimals, angle measure, percents, mean/median/mode, pie charts, line graphs, area and perimeter, business math (discount, profit, etc.), ratios, rates (speed, wages), exchange rate, and complex fractions.
  • Mental math. York strongly believes that it is as important as ever for children to develop the ability to do calculations in their head. Each worksheet therefore begins with a section on mental math, focusing on four areas (each one of which is listed and described in Making Math Meaningful: A Middle School Math Curriculum):
    1. Multiplication facts, with selected facts from the 13 through 18 tables, and the 25's table (i.e. 15·5=75);
    2. Powers with base 2 through 5 (i.e. 34 = 81);
    3. Fraction to decimal conversions (3/8 = 0.375);
    4. Math tricks, as described in A Middle School Math Curriculum, Appendix B.

The Making Math Meaninful Math Curriculum Series - 6th grade students's workbook by Jamie York Making Math Meaningful - A 6th Grade Student's Workbook
by Jamie York

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8.5' x 11', 59 pages, illustrated,  Lay-Flat, Saddle-Stiched softcover
ISBN 1-892857-05-7.


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The 6th Grade Student's Workbook. Please see information above about the Teacher's Edition. The Student's Workbook is saddle-stitched, lay-flat and includes everything as covered above with the exception of the teacher's answer keys.

The Making Math Meaninful Math Curriculum Series - 7th grade teacher's workbook by Jamie York Making Math Meaningful - A 7th Grade Workbook - Teacher's Edition
by Jamie York

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8.5' x 11', 132 pages, illustrated,  Lay-Flat, Spiral-bound softcover
ISBN 1-892857-11-1


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What is the intention of this workbook? The sheets found in this workbook are designed for use as homework assignments during the 7th grade year. The whole thing emerges from a carefully thought out, developmentally-based math curriculum, which is fully described in my book, Making Math Meaningful - A Middle School Math Curriculum for Teachers and Parents, a book that makes available the material I have discovered and developed while teaching middle school math for several years in a Waldorf school. This material is both exciting and age-appropriate for developing the minds of this age group. It is an alternative to the normal "they-need-all-this-stuff-in-order-to-stay-ahead" approach.

Required reading. It is necessary to read Making Math Meaningful - A Middle School Math Curriculum for Teachers and Parents in order to fully understand the material in this workbook. It can be ordered from Whole Spirit Press. Teacher's Guides and Student Workbooks are also available for 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

Who can use this workbook? While most of my teaching experience is within the Waldorf school system, this workbook, as well as my whole math curriculum, can be effectively used by any teacher wishing to bring meaningful, age-appropriate material to their students.

The beginning of abstract thinking. Seventh grade is an important year academically. This is the year when the students start to develop abstract thinking (through algebra, physics, essay writing, etc.), and when study habits are developed. Getting homework done regularly (even in small amounts), and keeping a well-organized notebook, are both very important. It is relatively common for a student to enter seventh grade weak in math, but then to "wake-up" during seventh grade, and, in the end, to enter high school quite strong in math.

This Teacher's Edition contains answer keys!


The Making Math Meaninful Math Curriculum Series - 7th grade students's workbook by Jamie York Making Math Meaningful - A 7th Grade Student's Workbook
by Jamie York

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8.5' x 11', 116 pages, illustrated,  Lay-Flat, Saddle-Stiched softcover
ISBN 1-892857-12-X


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The 7th Grade Student's Workbook. Please see information above. The Student's Workbook is saddle-stitched, lay-flat and includes everything as covered above with the exception of the teacher's answer keys.


The Making Math Meaninful Math Curriculum Series - 8th grade teacher's workbook by Jamie York Making Math Meaningful - A 8th Grade Workbook - Teacher's Edition
by Jamie York

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8.5' x 11', 82 pages, illustrated,  Lay-Flat, Spiral-bound softcover
ISBN 1-892857-09-X.


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What is the intention of this workbook? The sheets found in this workbook are designed for use as homework assignments during the 8th grade year. The whole thing emerges from a carefully thought out, developmentally-based math curriculum, which is fully described in my book, Making Math Meaningful - A Middle School Math Curriculum for Teachers and Parents, a book that makes available the material I have discovered and developed while teaching middle school math for several years in a Waldorf school. This material is both exciting and age-appropriate for developing the minds of this age group. It is an alternative to the normal "they-need-all-this-stuff-in-order-to-stay-ahead" approach.

Required reading. It is necessary to read Making Math Meaningful - A Middle School Math Curriculum for Teachers and Parents to fully understand the material in this workbook. You can order it from Whole Spirit Press. Teacher's guides and Student Workbooks are also available for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

Who can use this workbook? While most of my teaching experience is within the Waldorf school system, any teacher, who wishes to bring meaningful, age-appropriate material to their students, can use this workbook.

The seven units in this eighth grade workbook are:

  • Number Bases
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Mensuration
  • Percents & Growth
  • Proportions and Dimensional Analysis
  • Algebra
  • End-of-Year Review
This Teacher's Edition contains answer keys!

The Making Math Meaninful Math Curriculum Series - 8th grade student's workbook by Jamie York Making Math Meaningful - A 8th Grade Student's Workbook
by Jamie York

Download or View sample pages from the Student's workbook in .PDF format!

8.5' x 11', 72 pages, illustrated,  Lay-Flat, Saddle-Stiched softcover
ISBN 1-892857-10-3.


ALL THE MAKING MATH MEANINGFUL BOOKS ARE NOW SOLD DIRECTLY BY THE AUTHOR. PLEASE GO TO MEANINGFULMATHBOOKS.COM TO ORDER.
The 8th Grade Student's Workbook. Please see information above. The Student's Workbook is saddle-stitched, lay-flat and includes everything as covered above with the exception of the teacher's answer keys.

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