What’s one of the biggest homeschooling questions you are asked or find yourself asking? I’m not talking about the, “Is this enough?” question, rather the, “What should my child know?” It’s so easy to wonder if you’re teaching your children the right information at the right time, especially if you’re not using standard textbooks. There are solutions to this problem but my favorite comes in
For the first three years of formal math instruction, we happily used Miquon Math. We loved the short lessons, the colorful yet not distracting workbooks, and the use of Cuisenaire rods. But the curriculum only goes through 3rd grade. Come 4th grade, we were going to need a new math curriculum. We have many friends who happily use Math-U-See, and we thought about it ourselves.
Daily math lessons elicit groans from many children – my own daughter included. One way that I helped overcome the daily drudgery of math was by including math games whenever possible. RightStart’s Math Card Games Kit is our favorite resource for math fun. RightStart Math Games If you’re looking for ways to add some fun to your daily math lessons, the Math Card Games Kit
Life of Fred Elementary Math Review One of the treasures we have found for our homeschool is the Life of Fred Elementary Math Series. I was intrigued when I first heard about them because they are written in a story format about a little boy named Fred who uses math in his everyday life. Fred is a 5 year old boy who is a professor at
Have your children thought about starting their own business? Would you like your kids to learn how to write checks and “balance the books”? For the past several years our homeschool studies have included discussions and lessons about business and entrepreneurship. This year we have added a fun and practical resource to our studies called: ”Your Business Math Series” by Simply Charlotte Mason. Regardless of
Do you know what Miss 13 and I do every day? We sit down on the couch with Key to Geometry, a unique, hands-on geometry course, and spend some happy time together. Presented in eight booklets (the first six just over 50 pages each and the last two around 150 pages each), Key to Geometry is a discovery-based approach to the topic. This is a
Last winter I reviewed Math on DVD Pre-Calculus by Steven Gottlieb. Since then my son has been learning calculus, and it has not been easy. However, his frustrating experience has often been soothed by a session with Math on DVD Calculus 1. As a physicist I’ve worked with calculus for many years, but I do not remember much of it after almost two decades as
When my twelve-year-old was seven, math became a chore for him and thus it became a chore for me. When the mere mention of math time caused panic and fear in both of us, I decided we needed to change our routine up. At that point I’d been doing a lot of research and running from something dubbed in the homeschool community as Living Math.