“In other words, parents and teachers….”
"should know how to make sensible use to a child's circumstances to forward his sound education"
"should train him in the discipline of the habits of the good life"
"and should nourish his life with ideas, the food upon which personality waxes strong."
(Charlotte Mason, Vol. 3, 182)
Many curriculums give teachers what to teach and students what to learn. In a Charlotte Mason Education, the “what” in every subject is backed with the “how”, which is founded in the “why”.
It is habit training.
Most importantly, mathematics is a tool for teaching knowledge of God’s creation and of God Himself.
“The child who has been allowed to think and not compelled to cram, hails the new study with delight when the due time for it arrives. The reason why mathematics are a great study is because there exists in the normal mind an affinity and capacity for this study; and too great an elaboration, whether of teaching or of preparation, has, I think, a tendency to take the edge off this manner of intellectual interest” (Vol. 1, 264).
Lesson presentation is simply elegant, starting with an inspiring idea. Concepts are presented in an investigative method, where the problem solving and critical thinking are the goal.