Grade 4 Math: Update!

4thgradeThere I was, merrily rolling along through Ray’s Primary Arithmetic lessons when, suddenly,. . . without warning, . . . The Call came.

Actually, it was an e-mail.

Actually it was a series of e-mails.

First, it was the director of curriculum development asking me to do some high school Algebra lessons (online screencasts like the ones on this site) using Ray’s textbooks.

Then, it was the director of curriculum development asking me to do some primary-grade school math lessons using Ray’s textbooks, and fuggetabout Algebra.  At least for now.

Time was of the essence and the curriculum course offerings were going to be expanding next Fall (2015) to include the primary grade levels and not just middle school and high school.

And TOP priority was given to Grade 4 math.  That is the level most likely to be requested in greater numbers by families and parents next Fall.

As Shaggy would say to Scooby and the gang, Zoicks!

That meant that the video lessons for these grades — especially Grade 4 — had to be done RIGHT NOW.

Ray’s Intellectual Arithmetic, here we come.

NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT

Why is this important to you?

Well, because it means that I have had to shift gears, actually grade levels, to meet this hard-and-fast deadline which is fast approaching and coming at us like a freight train: August-September enrollment next year.

Hundreds of new primary-school students are expected to be enrolling in the newly expanded curriculum course offerings.  Especially the newly expanded math course offerings.

And this means that that scarcest of resources — time — has had to be reallocated to accommodate this very TALL order.

Lessons will continue to be created for this site, HOWEVER, in smaller quantities and at a slower pace.

THE END GAME

My goal is to work through Ray’s Arithmetic books one by one.  That is a long-term goal.  The results, when all is said and done, will be a selection of video lessons that are offered here, as well as a complete and fully developed mathematics course for each grade level that will be offered elsewhere.

For now, that “elsewhere” is the Ron Paul Curriculum.

Later on, as things unfold, who knows, that “elsewhere” could be . . . elsewhere!

The project is still in its infant stages.  Patience is definitely a virtue with math.  It is even more of a virtue with video math.  On both the production side and the “consumption” side.

I hope and pray that this endeavor, in all of its evolving iterations and digital incarnations, will bear much fruit, and ultimately lead to a useful academic and intellectual harvest for some small portion of the next generation of learners — and leaders!

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Comments

  1. I really like your manner of communication! It is actual, factual, to the point and yet light, breezy and fun!

  2. kristina McGuire says:

    Will the lesson’s be up soon. I can really use the help through the school year.

    • Kristina, my apologies for such a late response. The Ron Paul Curriculum ended up needing grades 1-2 up and running first for the 2015-16 school year, so I had to postpone grades 3-4, which I will resume working on beginning around March. I will post a status update before then.

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