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Author:Don Potter
Description: Links and resources include the 1878 publication First Lessons in Arithmetic, a family heirloom that this teacher at Odessa Christian School (Texas) has scanned chapter by chapter, complete with woodblock illustrations and "slate exercises." From the preface: "The pupils for whose use this book is intended can not be expected, at the outset, to explain processes, give definitions, or assign reasons, though their notions of all of them may be quite correct; much less should they be expected to grasp the principles of a science by committing to memory statements which are the deductions and generalizations of persons entirely familiar with the subjects treated. And, therefore, this work has been prepared upon the inductive and objective methods, so that the pupil may obtain his knowledge of arithmetic from actual work with numbers, rather than from the stenotyped statements of this book."

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Textbooks, Bibliographies
Math Topics: Basic Algebra, Basic Operations, Number Sense/About Numbers, Patterns/Relationships, Problem-Solving, Communicating Math
Math Ed Topics: Homeschooling, Back-to-Basics, Saxon

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