Best Homeschool Math Curriculum
January 12, 2023 Adrienne Brown 0 Comments
These are the best homeschool math curriculum
that I have used for my teens
There are many different math curriculums available for homeschooling, and the best one for your family will depend on many things, including your child’s learning style, age, and current math skills.
Here are a few things to think about when choosing a math curriculum for your middle schooler:
- Does it align with your state’s standards? Make sure the curriculum you choose covers the math concepts and skills that are expected at your child’s grade level according to your state’s educational standards.
- What’s your teaching style? Although you might not know this just yet, here are a few things to consider. Do you prefer a more traditional, textbook-based approach or a more interactive, hands-on approach to math instruction?
Realize that some math curriculums are more focused on drills and practice, while others are more focused on real-world applications and problem-solving, and other curricula combine the two methods. Which is my preferred method of teaching math.
Where does your child stand in his math skills? If your child struggles with certain math concepts, you will need a curriculum that offers extra support and guidance, such as extra practice problems or video tutorials.
Variety in your math supplements and manipulatives is king
In my experience, using a variety of resources and materials to supplement my kid’s math lessons kept my child ahead of the game.
Although our base math curriculum is Abeka, I am open to using other resources to help my child to comprehend a concept.
By the way, not every child will always understand the concepts in the curriculum that you have chosen, but all is not lost.
Your child will benefit from seeing the points from another perspective, and that may mean you need to use a mixture of curricula.
The benefits for you
What does this mean? Using parts of a second curriculum to help teach a concept in your chosen curriculum has helped me to convey a particular concept to my children, thus helping them to fully comprehend the process.
For instance, even though I use Abeka math as my main math text, I incorporate the rods and manipulative from Math-u-see to help my kids to visualize a process.
Likewise, if I am not understanding how to teach a concept from Abeka, then I will watch a corresponding lesson in Math-u-see to help further my understanding.
You can use this approach too, just research the various math workbooks and manipulative or online resources that can be used to supplement your child’s math curriculum.
Popular math curriculum that I have used
Some of the math curricula that I have used over the years include:
- Horizon (Alpha Omega)
- Saxon Math
- LifePac (Alpha Omega)
- Khans Academy -Online
Horizon Math by Alpha Omega
This was the first actual math curriculum that I purchased for my oldest son. It is a very good solid text with easy-to-follow lessons. The big, bright, engaging pages kept my son interested and learning at a perfect speed.
The only reason I switched from this curriculum was at the time they only went up to 3rd grade. The curriculum changed to LifePac from 4th and up, and the text was not as challenging. Continue to the bottom of this article to read about LifePacs to
So I ended up switching my entire curriculum to Abeka.
The one that I have used faithfully throughout my 26 years of homeschooling is Abeka math.
Abeka math has been my core because of the following reasons:
1. It is very thorough and challenging and it equips the child with the needed skills to progress in other academic subjects.
2. Abeka math provides ample practice and review opportunities. You do not have to complete all the reviews, but if your child needs it, the workbook provides it. This means you won’t need to purchase other books.
3. The Abeka math curriculum equips the child with the ability to transition into college math and science with ease.
Saxon Math is a traditional, incremental math program that progresses slowly and steadily from one concept to the next. It includes a lot of practice and review and is suitable for a wide range of learning styles and abilities.
I would put SAXON math on the same level as Abeka’s math when it comes to equipping your child for college. Especially, if you start out with Saxon, and continue through high school. Your child will get plenty of logical progressions. And when used properly, Saxon math prepares your child for acing Collegiate tests such as the SAT, ACT, and CLT (Classic Learning Test).
Math-U-See: This program is designed to be flexible and customizable, and it includes a variety of teaching tools and resources to support different learning styles.
I have used it to concretely teach a concept. Since it has manipulatives, such as counting rods and fraction cards, kids can visualize a concept much better.
You can sometimes find this curriculum on the used market or from amongst your fellow homeschoolers.
Research the various curriculum
It’s always a good idea to do some research and read reviews before deciding. It is always a good idea and very helpful to talk to other homeschooling parents or a homeschooling support group to get recommendations and advice.
How to get the different math curriculum
Look online for homeschool groups you can join. There are many Facebook groups that host curriculum swaps and sales.
Don’t forget to search websites like Etsy, eBay, and Amazon.
I got many of my curriculums from homeschooling friends who were done teaching their kids.
There are a few other math curriculums that I have used as supplemental lessons over the years. I went to each one for a specific lesson or to expand upon a concept.
This is an online website where I have found FREE lessons and explanations. I love the short videos that they offer teaching a concept. Amazing and fun.
This is a curriculum that consists of 10 workbooks. I tried to use the 4th & 5th grades but I didn’t find them challenging enough. I tried to use the Algebra 1 set with my teen, but it didn’t work for us.
There are many excellent homeschool math curriculums available, and the best one for your family will depend on a variety of factors.
To include your child’s learning style, age, and academic abilities, as well as your personal teaching style and goals for your homeschooled child.
So, ultimately, the best homeschool math curriculum for your family will depend on your specific needs and goals.
It would be very helpful to try out a few different programs to see which one works best for your child. Ideally, try to purchase the curriculums used, or borrow the books from a fellow homeschooler before you commit.
I hope this helps you to make a good choice for your family.
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