Make teaching homeschool math easy and fun with the best websites, worksheets and resources recommended by homeschoolers.
Here's my homeschool daughter Catherine to prove she's enjoying her latest math lesson!
You'll find lots of ideas and activities to make numbers part of real life.
If you like using math worksheets, you'll see our guide to the top three.
I've also given our guide to the top math websites.
For us, the secret of success with homeschool math has definitely been to do lots of practical activities with the kids.
That includes trying out lots of fun number activities.
Homeschoolers came together in part 3: The Courageous Homeschooling Handbook to share ideas to teach math in a way that's interestign and fun.
They prove that up to high school age you don't need to pay for anything unless you want to. The benefit of homeschooling is that you have all sorts of opportunites that just aren't there in a classroom to incorporate math into real-life.
N.B. Please note the third Courageous Homeschooling Handbook is not solely about teaching homschool math. It also covers how to teach reading and writing as well as help with challenges like dyslexia, autism and anxiety. More info. here.
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One of the best ways of making math fun is by playing board and card games.
It's amazing how much learning goes on when you're sitting round playing a game!
I asked 4,000 homeschoolers from my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group to give you their top recommendations for math games.
Board and card games are brilliant for sneaking in all sorts of math learning without anyone noticing. They also allow for repetition and re-inforcement of number skills.
That repetition is especially useful when it comes to learning the math times tables.
I've brought together lots of different activities and ideas to help your child gain mastery of multiplication, including a free e-book.
You can also get a free printable so you can work out how to use your fingers to do the nine times table!
There can be few more traumatic experiences for some kids than answering worksheets on fractions; I can remember the awful feeling of sheer dread even now.
See how we've used homeschooling games, candy bars and even a child's watch to bring parts to life.
We've used a similar approach with homeschooling geometry activities. When it comes to math worksheets, 3-dimensional objects rely on your child having a good understanding of shapes. So why not have some fun and try making some?
Finally, Christmas may not seem the time to get out the free worksheets for kids, but maybe we can surprise you. A relaxed, fun time with all the family doing Christmas Activities can do a lot to restore your child's confidence. And, if you know your stuff, it can actually be very rewarding to see a long line of ticks on your worksheets, even over the holidays!
If you've spent time doing lots of homeschool math activities with your kids, you can be more confident that free math worksheets will simply re-enforce the feeling that numbers are easy.
And that feeling of being definitely right is a good one!
I've picked out a few of the best choices available. Have a look yourself and see what you think:
PhotoMath is a free mobile app that can read and solve mathematical expressions using your smartphone camera in real time. PhotoMath may sound like it is simply helping kids cheat, but the app also provides a step-by-step guide showing how each of the problems are solved.
"I would like to share a Math tool. I use PhotoMath app. You snap a picture of the math equation & it gives you an answer, step by step & even explanations. Also advance calculator and a history of your work.
C. and I use it as a teaching/learning tool."
~Catherine, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group
In the UK you can download it here.
Sometimes teaching maths at home can be hard work and you need some homeschooling encouragement.
"Hi everyone!! Having a little struggle here and need to read your thoughts or advice about it.
My girl (13yo) hates math! I've tried almost everything. She doesn't like the online class, she prefers books. I give her 30 min to complete the task, and it takes her an hour or more sometimes. Frustration is about to get me."
Carina is in my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group where we give each other support and encouragement as we go through our homeschooling days.
You can see real-life answers and suggestions from other homeschoolers who know exactly what she's going through in this page on homeschool math help.
You can also get the chance to do fun things like make this homemade Warriors board game!
That gives you the key to successful homeschooling because you can avoid the feeling of failure so common in putting kids off math.
Have a look at our fun math page for more ideas.
Homeschool math can be a challenge but it also offers the best way to teach your child.
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