Homeschool Math Curriculum Reviews

Curriculum Choice: Homeschool Math Curriculum Reviews

Whether you are just starting out or it’s time for a change, the authors here at Curriculum Choice have much to share with you! Read below for an abundance of information on math resources and programs.

Our Math Curriculum Reviews

Below are some of the many math reviews our Curriculum Choice authors have written.  You’ll be amazed at all the resources available to you and your homeschoolers!

Math Resources from the Authors at the Curriculum ChoiceMath Resources from our Authors

Key To Geometry Review

Math U See Review

Math-U-See Works for Us!

Playing Math with Equate

Mega-Fun Card Game Math

Math on DVD Pre-Calculus

Math on DVD Calculus

Kindergarten Math Splash App Review

No-Nonsense Algebra

Mama’s Learning Corner Worksheet Packet Review

Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks

A Critical Thinking Math Curriculum: Pre-K to 2nd grade

Horizons Math Review

Horizons Math Review

Make Math Drills Fun with Math Monkey

MasterMath: Free Middle School Online Lessons

Rocket Math App Review

Ka-Ching!

A+ Tutorsoft

Times Alive

Calculadder: Turning Finger Counters into Number Crunchers

Grocery Cart Math

More Encouragement from Our Authors

The Curriculum Choice authors have active blogs where they share all kinds of homeschooling advice and experiences.  Below, you’ll find links to helpful math posts from a few of our veteran homeschooling authors.

Blog, She Wrote: Life of Fred {Homeschool Math}

Heather Woodie from Blog, She Wrote

Life of Fred {Homeschooling Math}- Lots of folks have heard of Fred and his story math. Many families wonder if Fred is “enough”. Take a look at how we use Life of Fred math from elementary through high school. It is our only upper level math program and it is rigorous.

Math on the Level- When we needed a change in our math program, we sought out something different which would allow us to pursue math individually and on our own terms rather than a publisher’s suggestion. This has been a great fit for our family as we work math authentically into our schooling. The first link is an FAQ on the curriculum. This post talks about why we made the decision to leave traditional math programming.

The Crafty Side of Math- A look at how to teach math to a creative student. If you work with a creative soul who does not enjoy math, read on for tips and suggestions which have worked for us over the years.

Applied Math- If you are looking for ways to employ math in your homeschool in real and authentic ways, have a look at this category at Blog, She Wrote. You’ll see a variety of posts including fashion design, robotics, and how to use a cash register in open ended play.

 

Math curriculum resources from the authors of Curriculum Choice

Cindy from Our Journey Westward

I’ve written Loving Living Math which teaches parents how to do living math – aka hands-on math, problem solving, logic, real-life math, project-based math.  I’ve reviewed hundreds of math resources over the years and include many of my favorites as recommendations in Loving Living Math.  I’ve also written specific reviews here and there of outstanding products.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Number Rings

Megan & Susan at Education Possible

Your Business Math Series – Would your children like to start their own business? With this math program by Simply Charlotte Mason children can easily learn all about important business math skills such as inventory management, record keeping, bill paying, and more!

Number Rings: A Cool Math Game – Math Rings is our favorite tool to help with math drills. It is a fun and engaging game that also grows with your kids.

 

SPEED picAmy Maze at Living and Learning at Home

Classic Curriculum Arithmetic Workbooks – These workbooks are designed to go along with Ray’s Arithmetic, and will child really master their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division!

SPEED! A Skip Counting Game – This game is seriously fun for anyone, whether you are learning multiplication or not! It is an education spin on a classic card game.

Saxon Math K – If you are looking for a fun way to begin math lesson with your preschooler or kindergartener, Saxon K is the way to go! Learn more about the curriculum here.

Teaching Textbooks ReviewStephanie @ Harrington Harmonies

Teaching Textbooks Review- This is an excellent review that compares teaching text books to other curriculum I have used in my 13+ years homeschooling. It details the benefits and why it works well for my child while other programs weren’t a good a fit.

Reason We Use Teaching Textbooks- Another approach to a review on this program that lists the top ten reasons we use this program such as the fact that I am not a math guru, it suits my auditory learner and it builds my child’s confidence. Easy to read and is a good personal overview.

Loving Living Math Review at The Curriculum ChoiceTricia at Hodgepodge

My Loving Living Math review: “Cindy West’s Loving Living Math has given my family permission. Permission to learn and enjoy the real life stuff of math. Dear Parent – Loving Living Math is for you! Most often curriculum is for the student. This is for you. To teach you. To encourage you.”

Living Math – Still Loving It! “We made a living math day of it. With everyone together, we…enjoyed a popcorn estimation experiment, rated the day and combined math and science in a nutrition study. THIS was a very fun day of math!

Timez Attack Multiplication and More by Big Brainz  “These fun, multiplication games were recommended to us by my friends and fellow homeschool moms. It’s one of those resources we turn to when we know we need a little boost in multiplication practice.”

Math for Multiple Ages – Much about math with multiple ages? Well, you might not think it’s much. Because we basically have two resources that have worked well for our students so far.

Our Experience with Teaching Textbooks – I have heard about the criticisms about TT. However, my older two struggled with math in middle school until we found TT. It was truly an answer to a prayer! Plus, at the time my older two started using TT, I was helping my younger ones with Saxon Math. So it helped me to be able to oversee them while I was teaching the younger ones.

How Morning Room Time Builds Learning Skills for Later – Here’s a question I’ve heard a few times lately as well: How can I get math done with my older ones with my toddlers roaming about? We sit down to do our math lesson and my little ones crawl on the table!

Do it with playdough, or do it with biscuit dough, and make a snack of it!

Do it with playdough, or do it with biscuit dough, and make a snack of it!

Betsy at BJ’s Homeschool

Geometric Shapes and Beginning Fractions “Ordering a pizza became a math lesson, not only in counting the money to pay the bill but also for fractions problems.“Which is bigger, ½ or 1/3?”

Numbers and Patterns Kindergarten: Playing and Learning with Manipulatives   “The basic manipulatives needed for early math can be found in your own home. Numbers and Patterns – K can be done using simple supplies easily found, such as small toys, buttons, crayons, etc.”

Math and Science Reading

Math and Science Reading

Annie Kate at Tea Time with Annie Kate

Reading About Math and Science:  While science and math textbooks are indispensable, especially for older students, they cannot adequately convey the wonder, the inspiration, and the meaning of the world around us.  That’s why we read not only our carefully chosen textbooks, but also biographies, picture books, explanations of concepts, and deep discussions.

Mathematics:  Is God Silent?  discusses an important question for educators:   Does God have anything to say about mathematics?  Is there a Christian way to teach math, or is it a neutral subject on which an atheist and a believer would agree?

Over the years we have used many different drill programs.  I have reviewed our favorites, MathScore, Calculadder, and Quarter Mile Math.  Last year we used MathScore again and discovered that their program now also includes games.

Many math programs do not teach enough problem solving.  Our favorite problem-solving resource  for teens is the free online collection of past CEMC math competitions.

Sometimes neither the textbook nor mom can get a concept across to a student.  For those times, we have used Math on DVD (pre-calculus and calculus, and other levels are available) as well as ALEKS (grade 3 to university level).  My ALEKS review contains a link for two free months for multiple children in a family.

Finally, when one of my teens wanted to learn accounting we used both ALEKS and Professor in a Box, a college level course.

Curriculum Choice Math Pinterest Board

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Heather W (14 Posts)

Homeschooling mom of our Fantastic Four- former middle and high school biology teacher, paper crafter and sewing visioneer, nature lover, and wife to a dashing chemical engineer! This year we are homeschooling 9th, 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades. We strive for experiencing the extraordinary while still being enchanted with the everyday. We are primarily a unit study family with a Charlotte Mason flavor and a sprinkling of unschooling.


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  • julia cosgrove July 22, 2014, 10:14 am

    So far, when it comes to math, my son loves Time4Learning.

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  • Aimee July 22, 2014, 11:48 am

    We have had the most success with Math Mammoth. We tried MUS, but it wasn’t a good fit for my daughter past the Alpha level. We do use LOF, but I’m not sure how much math they are actually getting from it. We use it more to make math “fun.” My daughter also uses Khan periodically. But Math Mammoth has been our stand-by for the past 4 years.

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  • Hannah C July 22, 2014, 1:46 pm

    We are just starting our second year in Homeschool, so I don’t have tons of experience. We used worksheets from education.com, and simple games to learn math for kindergarten.

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  • Cassie July 22, 2014, 7:55 pm

    Math-U-See works (somewhat) for us. Nothing seems perfect though.

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  • AmyBeth B July 23, 2014, 9:43 am

    We have used miquon math for the younger grades and Saxon as they have gotten older. Saxon has worked well for us, often because even though it’s a textbook method, I still adapt it as needed. The textbooks have also been a good tool in teaching my children to search and explore for themselves.

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  • Veronica Sawyer July 23, 2014, 10:03 am

    I am fixing to start home schooling my 2 nieces and am looking for different curriculums to compare. So far, I believe I am leaning more towards “un schooling” with a bit of traditional mixed in.

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  • Colleen P July 23, 2014, 3:28 pm

    Life of Fred has worked the best for us. It seems to include the right amount of thinking questions and illustrations, but is also quirky and fun. Other math programs we haven’t done well with usually have too many problems to solve and/or too many pictures with lots of colors, both of which are overwhelming for my young students.

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  • Amanda July 23, 2014, 5:34 pm

    Awesome post!

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  • Candace Ireland July 25, 2014, 6:48 pm

    Thank you for all of this information!

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  • Andrea July 25, 2014, 11:41 pm

    We really like the Spectrum workbooks.

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