Homeschoolers are convinced that math is important, but we may not consider teaching math from a biblical perspective. Katherine Loop tells us why we must – and how we can – in Revealing Arithmetic: Math Concepts from a Biblical Worldview.
Just as creation science is wholly different in its origins and application, biblical arithmetic is also distinctively different from humanistic mathematics. Katherine explains the imperatives of teaching God’s constancies and principles through our mathematics instructions and of using biblical principles to guide how we use our math in daily life. She points out the humanism hidden in secular and even Christian math textbooks and contrasts that with the truths God clearly declares in His Word.
Revealing Arithmetic is the perfect reference work to assist homeschoolers teaching math to students of all ages. Whatever curriculum you are using, this book explains math concepts in clear, easy-to-understand principles from the Word of God. Each chapter begins with the biblical origins and application of an elementary arithmetic concept (counting, addition, fractions, etc.). Next, Katherine shares the historical context of the chapter’s concept, explaining thoroughly that mankind has expressed God’s truths in many different ways during different cultures and different times. Katherine explains that understanding different expressions of mathematical concepts frees the student to explore different ways to solve math problems within the context of God’s revealed truth. Finally, Katherine gives suggestions for additional study on that concept, including activities, worksheets, real-world problems, and research suggestions to challenge students of all ages.
After reading Revealing Arithmetic for myself, I spent several weeks reading the chapters aloud with my children. We were awed by God’s sovereignty over all of creation; His constancy that sustains all of the principles we use each day; and our complete dependence on Him each moment. Katherine explained several ways to use an abacus, and my children now use one every time they do their math. The children loved learning all the ways people wrote letters and solved problems in the past; they felt free to explore new ways to solve their problems. Best of all, we learned that how we understand and use these fundamental math concepts reveals our practical faith.
The Author – Katherine A. Loop
Katherine Loop is a 2003 homeschool graduate previously featured on “Ask the Grad.” She has written two books on a biblical perspective of mathematics, Beyond Numbers and Revealing Arithmetic. A frequent conference speaker on homeschool issues and mathematics, Katherine Loop is active in her own local homeschool organization, HEAV of Virgina. Katherine resides in Northern Virginia with her parents and brother.
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