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What is the Right Math Curriculum for Your Homeschool?

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I’m in the final stages of finalizing what we will be using for our curriculum this year and am doing well in choosing every subject except for Math. We had been using Math U See and it works well for some of our kids, but not for all of them.

What is the Right Math Curriculum for your Homeschool? A breakdown of the different math curriculums availableThere are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing math curriculum. Math is my least favourite subject and the one that is my personal weakness so I am not confident in teaching it. When the kids were younger and I was only teaching simple addition, choosing curriculum wasn’t as big of an issue, but as they get older, the stakes get higher.

In our family, there are also several special needs to consider and a variety of learning styles so there may not be a one-size-fits-all curriculum for us. My preference would be to use just one math program for all of the kids but I am going into this search open to the possibility that I may end up having to go with more than one program and customizing it for each child.

I reached out to my fellow homeschooler bloggers for their help and advice on this curriculum quest and they have not let me down! With their help, I have compiled a list of math curriculum reviews that may help you or I in choosing a homeschool math curriculum.

Teaching Textbooks

Harrington Harmonies
Harrington Harmonies (Reasons to Use)
The Happy Housewife
See Jamie Blog
Jimmie’s Collage

Right Start Math

Creekside Learning
The Art of Being Mama
Our Aussie Homeschool

Life of Fred

Blog She Wrote

Miquon

Teaching Stars (I love C-rods!)

Math U See

The Curriculum Choice
The Potter’s Hand Academy

Horizons Math

The Curriculum Choice
See Jamie Blog
The Cozy Nook
Classic Housewife

Saxon

The Curriculum Choice
Our Home on the Range

Rod & Staff Math

Homeschool Reviews

Time4Learning

Gentle Revolution Homeschooling
Hands-on Homeschooler
Creekside Learning
Groovy’s Ruminations

Math on the Level

Blog She Wrote
Blog She Wrote (How They Do It)

A+ TutorSoft Interactive Math

Starts at Eight Review
It’s a Boy’s Life

Beast Academy Math

Wholeschoolers

Shiller Math (based on the Montessori method)

The Old Schoolhouse
Rare Treasures

Ray’s Arithmetic

The Curriculum Choice

Khan Academy

The Momma Knows

Other

Math Board Games for Kids
Math Crunch for Homeschoolers
Math Play Day
SMARTeachers Prodigy Math Program (game)
Ideas for Making Math Fun
10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Math Program
Popular Math Programs for Homeschoolers
Teaching Kids Strategy
Unschooling Math Pinterest Board

There are many other math curriculum options including Singapore, Abeka, ALEKS, BJU, Lifepac, Math Mammoth, Christian Light Education, Switched on Schoolhouse, and more.

What is the right math curriculum for your homeschool squareIf you have any experience you can share regarding the math curriculum you are using or have used in the past, please add it into the comments section. I’m looking for all the help I can get with this decision and I know that your experience will also help others with their choice as well.

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Comments

  1. We’ve tried Abeka, ACE Paces, Math Mammoth, Life of Fred, and several other curriculums. The one thing I found is that if your child is struggling with a concept or it’s just not “clicking” no matter how many different programs you try – it might be developmental. They just might need a year or two to mature.

    After dropping all required curriculum, my kids have chosen to continue with Life of Fred and Khan academy on their own. My oldest (12 – going into 7th) wants to go to college so she enjoys the approach that Khan takes with earning badges and community feedback.

    Math is not something to get stressed out about. it should be fun lest kids get math phobia – a very real thing considering most grown adults hate math and don’t want to come near a college math class. You don’t want to drill and kill the love of math out of them.

    Another thing that you might consider is focusing on strategy and problem solving. I’ve written a post about that here – http://thesetemporarytents.com/2012/09/18/why-do-kids-need-strategy-more-than-math-facts/

    And I have an Unschooling Math Pinterest board for ideas about getting your kids fascinated with mathematical concepts – http://pinterest.com/thesetemptents/unschooling-math/

    • I agree with you about it sometimes being developmental. I’m going to add in your links to the body of the post as I think others will find them helpful. Thanks Aadel!

  2. Sharla, I hear you. Math is my least favorite, too. This year we are going with Life of Fred and Khan Academy for my 9 year old. Thanks for including my RightStart review. I also have a Time4Learning review here: http://creeksidelearning.com/2012/09/20/review-of-time4learning/

    We used it all of last year and really enjoyed it. After 3rd grade, the format changes and my son didn’t like the 4th grade layout so we are switching up our math again this year.

    Tinderbox Homeschool has some posts about Beast Academy if you want any more information on that program.

    This is a great post. Off to pin! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Julie! I will add your Time4Learning review into the post to make it easier for people to find. Maybe math is one of those subjects that has to be switched every couple of years at different ages and stages. I’m hoping to come out of all of this less confused than I went in!

  3. This is such a helpful post! I have been inspired to look around a bit at some other options. Unfortunately, all my kids dislike math.

  4. How timely! I am a new homeschooler, and have spent hours in the past week compiling a list of various math and LA curricula, along with my notes about them. I am amazed at the variety of options.

    We are currently trying out EPGY (which DS actually kind of dislikes, but I like that it has a LA component), and Life of Fred (which we all like, although since we started at the beginning it’s much too easy!)

  5. I have taught the Abeka curriculum at private schools before. It’s excellent,and I love it, but it’s very faced paced in its scope and sequence.

    If you’re doing math which is getting more into the abstract in its concepts with students who have varying disabilities I would suggest looking for a curriculum that allows for hands on learning and real world application. If the curriculum can take and abstract concept and present it in a way that is concrete and applicable to the students, I think they’ll have an easier time getting it.

    • Thank you Rhiannon. I would really like to find something that has opportunity for real world application.

      • What are the ages of your children again? What level of math are they at?

        • The kids I’m looking for are 7, 8, 10, 11, and 11. They are all at very early math levels though because of different delays and special needs. The highest level would be about at the grade 3 level.

          • http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/

            doubt it will URL link automatically but this is to the Everyday Mathematics site. I used this curriculum when I was student teaching in Inner City Pittsburgh at the one school. I loved it, it has a lot of hands on activities and practical applications.

            I’m not sure if you can get it for a homeschool curriculum but if it’s available it may be what you’re looking for.

          • Thanks for the suggestion…I will check it out!

  6. Here is the website you need

    http://everydaymath.com/

  7. I’m surprised no one mentioned Singapore! We started with Saxon but disliked the incremental approach. It was hard for my math-minded child to move at the pace he needed. It was also boring for my verbal-minded child. It took most of the year (Saxon 3) to find a concept he didn’t already know before it was “taught.” We switched to Singapore because I keep hearing how wonderful it is. I do like it, but it doesn’t have enough practice in it, in my opinion. I also feel like the way some of the concepts are taught is too abstract. I want to find something more traditional, that is a mastery approach, but I cannot seem to find what I want. I do supplement with Life of Fred, Math Detectives, and Beast Academy. I really like all of those as supplemental materials!

  8. Sharla I wrote a review of Khan Academy (with screenshots) last year: http://themommaknows.com/our-new-math-curriculum-khan-academy/ We don’t use it full time (although we did for a short period) but still do use it for help and practice.

    • Thanks Dawn! I will add the link to the review into the post so that others can benefit from reading it. That name has been popping up a fair bit in this math curriculum discussion.

  9. Hi Sharla,
    I am a home school mom and a writer for a blog on http://www.multiplication.com and I find this article you wrote extremely helpful. Could I link to your blog and send our readers your way? There are so many math choices out there and I like the way you have researched the different curriculum, and how you facilitate discussions regarding reader’s opinions. Thank you!

    Also, I do have to agree with Tracy. I, too, was surprised that no one had suggested Singapore math. Math U See gave us a great foundation, but I really wanted a spiral instruction for my kids. We then tried Horizons, which was very appealing with it’s bright colors and bold, simple pictures. Now we are working with Singapore, because I had heard Singapore was excellent at teaching mental math. I see how great it has been to teach my daughters every day math skills. But I do believe it needs to supplemented by another program.

  10. Math! Yep, that is not my strongest area to teach either. So, do not feel alone in that. We personally use Time4Learning. The reason why it works so well for us, is that it TEACHES!!! lol 😉 But seriously, it is a lifesaver in that department. Plus, if the kiddos forget how to do something they can go back to that lesson and relearn.
    No more ~> MOM!!!! I forgot how to do ……… again. O’ and they are fixing to start offering High School level Courses http://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/high_school.shtml
    HTH 🙂

  11. Samantha says:

    I would not recommend Teaching Textbooks, because it does not prepare you for upper grade math that well.
    A Beka is great, but the older grades (9-12) are reprints of a 1910s textbook. We are trying Saxon for algebra 2 next year

  12. My kids all LOVE Life of Fred for math and my older kids (I have 7 children, ages 21 down to 2, all home schooled their whole lives) who used to struggle a lot with math are now not only excelling and genuinely understanding it but loving it too (My 21 year-old, who graduated before we found LoF, is using it now in her spare time so she can understand math better)! It’s also so much more affordable than other programs and has curriculum for every age group from K-1 on up to calculus and trigonometry.The plus is that the kids will love Fred and learn way more than just Math too. You’ll have to check out the website.
    http://www.lifeoffredmath.com/ Have a great year!

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