Memorization of the basic number facts in all four operations is emphasized in the first four grades, using daily oral exercises, daily speed drills, and Christian Light’s own built-in flash-card system. Basic geometry, the money system, problem solving, mental math, and number patterns are also introduced early and reviewed constantly.
The metric and U.S. systems of measurement are taught simultaneously with equal emphasis. Hands-on exercises teach concepts of space and quantity early in the curriculum.
Beginning in Grades 4 & 5, basic algebra concepts are incorporated along with more complex arithmetic skills such as long division, decimals, and fraction operations. True-to-life story problems with a Biblical worldview help children understand how math permeates daily life.
Grades 7 and 8 assume mastery of basic arithmetic and concentrate on consumer math, geometry, and pre-algebra.
The first LightUnit in each grade level (beginning with Grade 2) is a review of concepts that should have been mastered in the previous grade. These -01 LightUnits may be used as diagnostic tools along with, or in place of, our Math Diagnostic Tests to determine whether an incoming student is ready for the rest of that level.
From Grades 2-8, each grade has a special-interest theme that appears in story problems and nuggets of information. For example, Math 400 focuses on different countries of the world; Math 600 gives facts about famous mathematicians in history; and Math 700 and 800 devote each LightUnit to an occupation.