Our homeschool math curriculum guide gives a taster of your choices, with advice from my 14,000+ Facebook fans, who know it's only too easy to pick the wrong one!
One thing you can be sure: it's easy to waste money on an expensive homeschooling math curriculum.
Look before you leap!
A very experienced Math teacher has this to say:
"When I started teaching Math, I spent hours...looking for the perfect textbook. I just assumed that, given the fact that children have been learning sums for hundreds...of years, someone must have written one by now...
"Eventually I came to understand that no perfect math book can ever exist. Each child approaches math from their own perspective and you have to react accordingly."
~Gareth Lewis, Unqualified Education.
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Let's start with a guide to the problems you need to be aware of when you come to compare the main homeschool math curriculum choices:
What doesn't suit your child now may work fine when they're older.
My son William hated maths workbooks when he was younger. Now he's High School
age he really likes following a homeschool math curriculum and answering
Here's a guide to the main curriculum choices available to homeschool parents.
"My daughter loves Teaching Textbooks. She pretty much does it all on her own."
~ Kari, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook support group
There is a FREE 15 lesson trial so you can see before you buy.
N.B. I did receive compensation from Teaching Textbooks for reviewing their curriculum after their program received high praise in my Courageous Homeschooling support group.
Alison loves Saxon Math for her two children. I have asked her to tell you more about it lower down the page.
"Horizons Math is great if your child is Mathematically inclined. It moves at a fast past. Saxon Math moves at a little slower pace for those who struggle in this subject."
~ Brook, homeschool-activities Facebook fan
Conquer Maths is a homeschool
favorite on the UK exam forum I am on for parents who are researching the best
homeschool math curriculum guide.
It's for ages 4-18 and takes you up to the UK GCSE standard with 10 minute lessons complimented with marked worksheets and progress reports.
I found out that there is someone on the HE exams forum who organizes a discount for members. Please contact me and I'll dig out the details for you.
"I would recommend Conquer Maths to anyone.
We used it alongside bits of other curriculum including Math mammoth books. Currclick has quite a range of Maths resources."
I asked Alison from the Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group to help out with the homeschool math curriculum guide and tell us more about Saxon Math and why she likes it:
"You should be able to buy the coursework on Amazon. Check online for different websites to compare prices. It is expensive but completely worth it in my eyes. You receive a teacher's handbook which labels clearly what the days lesson involves, a home study meeting book with a monthly calendar, graphs and number charts for the child to complete plus two workbooks.
There is also a
huge box of learning aids to buy which are used in the lessons such as
pattern blocks, linking cubes, a scale, geoboards... it's wonderful. You
work from the teachers handbook but the lessons are fun and you
incorporate food, cuddly toys, toy trains etc to the lessons. There are
assessments both oral and written every ten lessons which you then keep a
record of and each lesson adds on to what has been learned before so you
are constantly repeating." ~ Alison
I asked my 14,000 Facebook fans to add their real life experience so we can get more of a true homeschool math curriculum guide.
"I am writing a homeschool math curriculum guide so we can share our genuine experience of which is best. It would help us all if you can tell us of any you have used which you've found useful. I'll add your comments (first name only) to my page." ~ Sonya
"We are very happy with Khan Academy!!" ~ Maria
"Used a few different ones over the years (we're in the UK). Really liked Shiller Math, but a bit pricey. Using Galore Park Maths texts books with one child- I like the lay out, and Heinemann maths with my five year old - although we'll not stick with this long, just finishing off the materials I already have." ~ Emma
"Math U See is an amazingly simple program that is geared on mastery. It has an initial investment in blocks but the teachers guide and workbooks are priced well. Second students only need the workbook and you always have the ability to use their drill app for free or print out extra sheets. It is well price for the excellent program you recive." ~ Jeannine (REVIEWED by another Fan - see below)
"I use Abeka for my kids. I have used grades K, 1, 2, 4, and 6. I have really liked using it." ~ Ciarra
"Saxon for my 6th grader and Abeka for my 9th." ~ Stephanie
"We are Saxon Math users" ~ Happy. Homeschooling. Housewife.
"We like Math Mammoth. We have tried others but this is working well this year." ~ Marguerite
"We have used Abeka Math for K-5 and switch to Saxon Math for upper levels." ~ Ana
"CTC math. Straightforward videos explain concepts followed by brief questions to apply knowledge. Weekly reports can be emailed to parent. " ~ Sharon
Sharon also has this great tip for this homeschool math curriculum guide:
"Check out the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. That's where I got my subscription at a discount. ~ Sharon
This gives a homeschool math curriculum guide to some of your main choices.
The important step now is to let us know how you've got on; you'll save others from making expensive mistakes.
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Some things to consider:
I'd love you to add to this homeschool math curriculum guide by sharing how you teach maths to your child, what works and what doesn't.
It's very hard to choose the right math curriculum for your child. It would be great if you could let us know how you got on so others can benefit. What's worked for your children? What didn't? What advice would you give to others thinking of using the curriculum you chose? Please tell us...
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