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Math Homeschool Curriculum

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Share some of your homeschool math success stories with our community, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Our winner will be randomly drawn from posts that are entered during MATH MADNESS Month.

What were you and your child doing when the light bulb finally flashed on? How did she react? Has it made a lasting difference for her and you?

We will do the drawing at the beginning of each month for posts in the prior month, and announce the winners on our Facebook wall and in the Co-op newsletter. Your posts will remain on this page to provide ideas and inspiration to other homeschool math teachers! (Need help?)


cmac

Trickomatics has not fulfilled my purchase. I am out 50 bucks and have not been able to get any reply from the company. Please be wary about purchasing their product. I see this second time around they are not just mailing the product directly but supplying some kind of fullfillment code through the coop. Perhaps someone one messed up in their mailing department and they are getting a few other people who haven't had their order fulfilled and decided to handle things differently. Maybe some of you can "like" me and give me a chance to win 50 bucks from Amazon to at least get my money back. ;-)

8 years ago · Like · Comment
cmac: Trickomatics called me personally to let me know that they will be fulfilling their order.
8 years ago · Like

nagymom

I love our homeschool experience, but have always dreaded and quite frankly hated teaching math. I've never had a "head for math". In March I decided to give TenMarks a try for both my 4th and 10th grade homeschoolers. I am delighted with the decision! TenMarks has been one of the best decisions I've made curriculum wise in all the years we've been homeschooling and I will definitely stay with them. The tutor aspect helps tremendously, and I love the way it grades and sends assignments. This takes a huge load off of me, and the kids know exactly what they need to do daily. Thanks TenMarks!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

ILJ.Mom

I would call myself a math-a-phobe and had difficulty in finding what would help my daughter really "get" math (when I don't). Avoiding textbooks like the plague (as I remember them to be) we tried some really wonderful curricula: Singapore, Math on the Level, and Teaching Textbooks. Some were great for me, not so much for her. Teaching Textbooks was working but a bit expensive, and didn't really help to remediate some foundational skills that were a bit shaky. We discovered the "Life of Fred" series by Dr. Stan Schmidt. What a gem! Through these entertaining stories, she understands the purpose of the math and can apply it in real life. It motivated her to go back on her own and brush up on some basic skills that she shunned for so long - because she is so determined to move on to the next book. Not only does she laugh out loud while solving problems, she now considers math her favorite subject - and a hobby. She has also been know to choose "Fred Math" for her bedtime reading. It has taught both of us how math works in daily life and that the understanding of other disciplines depend on a true understanding of mathematics (how clever to use Biology and Economics to teach pre-algebra to sixth and seventh graders). Giving this math a try? Hands-down best $19 ever spent on homeschooling!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

I am a big believer in keeping math real and applicable to my kids' daily lives. I have a jar that has been accumulating spare change for years, and my first-grade son always wants to get his hands in it. Just a few weeks ago, I let him have a week free from worksheet math to count the change. Using an abacus and a sheet of paper, he added up all $200+ of that money! He never got tired of it, even though he worked for hours a day. He now has a great understanding of the value of those coins and how many make a dollar, ten dollars, one hundred dollars.

By the way, teaching him to use an abacus has been one of the best things we have done all year. Not only does he have an inherent understanding of digit placement (ones, tens, hundreds), but the manipulation of groups has really solidified his ability to make 10 in his head. I hope that helps someone who might be just starting out with foundational math!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

BreadbakingMama

With our oldest, the love of math did not develop despite our best efforts with different manipulatives, curricula, games, or activities. However, while in the 9th grade, he started working at a local horse farm as a volunteer. One day, he came home, explaining to me how he had calculated the volume of the hay barn based on his calculations of the size of hay bales and how many bales he's stacked that day. As time went on, he was also talking about area of arenas, circumference, diameter, and radius of the round pen based on the length of his lead rope... all other things he could find to do mental math while he trained his project horse. I sat in amazement as my previously math hating son suddenly could apply years of struggles when it was something he was interested in!

Now, that same son encourages his younger siblings to learn their math lessons, to "show their work" and not to be stubborn about it...and to figure out mental games to things they interested in to "apply their mathematical knowledge." It makes me laugh with JOY to hear how a horse could change even a boy's math perspective.

8 years ago · Like · Comment
BreadbakingMama: BTW...this same son also need vision therapy...a barrier to his learning. Vision therapy happened just before or as he started at the farm.
8 years ago · Like
BreadbakingMama: Write something...He doing college level Algebra 2 and preparing to take a college level Calculus class, as well as take CLEP exams for college credit.
8 years ago · Like

cresh3

My daughter struggled for years with math due to dyslexia. She caught up with basic math skills by middle school but was having difficulty with pre-algebra. She got extra help at school and tutoring but still was having a difficult time grasping the concepts. She failed 8th grade math and was told she must attend summer school. Frustrated and know summer school would not help, we decided homeschool was the best option. I remember spending days researching a math program online...suddenly there it was...a youtube video of this retired math teacher and a program he had developed. I watched the video and couldn't believe what I was seeing. I ask my daughter to come watch and ask do you understand what he is saying to do in this problem. She said, 'Yes". I got his info and called him on the phone. He explained to me his passion for helping homeschooled kids with algebra and getting them prepared for college. I ordered the program. When it came in I watched the first series of DVD's in amazement...why because I was getting a refresher course in algebra! I understood completely after 20 yrs of not practicing these skills. My daughter started the program and by the 3rd lesson she laid her head on the table and cried. I ask...what is wrong. She replied...this is what my teacher was trying to show me? She never explained it like this! I can't believe that I finally get it and all the time wasted because my teacher didn't explain this so I could understand. She lay her head back down and sobbed. That was 2 years ago. She has made straight A's and never failed one of the test on the program. She usually scored 100. If she scores a 98 it is only due to a common error in math..not carrying a number or something. She watches the 15 minute video and done with work in 30 minutes. The program is from Keyboard Enterprises by Leonard Firebaugh. I encourage anyone to look him up on youtube. He is repetitious and sometimes seems annoying but trust me it works! My daughter will be well prepared for college math.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

mrsfifi

When mine where younger, we learned to count by crashing cars into walls or building up towers of blocks and then knocking them down, yes, even the girls! As they got older we played any kind of game involving math to include card games and math keys. Now as the older ones are into their teens years, we rely on flash cards and quizzing one another. They have fallen in love with Teaching Textbooks and love learning hands on. I still to this day tell homeschool mommies of little ones the excitement of crashing cars for school time and making your own math keys. Even down to my 9 year old, they all have known their multiplication tables by the time they were7 turning 8 and division by the time they were 9. Addition and subtraction were known probably before they were 4. There are so many fun ways to teach math and learn those needed skills, but these have been my favorite memories of knowing that they learned it and still remember it!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

claire

My kids learn so much better with music. So when it was time to learn their multiplication tables we worked on creating songs out of their multiplication tables answers. We set 3 times table to "Happy birthday", 4 times table to "Yankee Doodle", 6x table to"Row row row your boat" , 7 times table to" Mary Had a little lamb"and 8x table to Jingle bells. We used the finger short cuts to remember the 9x table.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

My daughter just couldn't seem to memorize her multiplication tables. I began selling Usborne Books, and we tried their '10 Days to Multiplication Mastery' program using Wrap-Ups. It worked like magic!! She was really motivated to beat her time seeing how fast she could use the wraps. It was truly amazing!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

This is our first year of homeschooling with our first grader. We've mentioned simple multiplication problems in passing, like 2 groups of 3 is 6, but didn't make a big deal out of it. He blew me away though, when he told me that there were 400 of something. I asked him how he knew that and he said that it was 20 groups of 20!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

ChickHatchers

The common question as kids get older is "When will I ever use this?" We value the importance of math in our household and our homeschool and appreciate that we use it every day. As a mom and a homemaker, I use math nearly every day. Budgeting our finances, saving for fun time, grocery shopping, planning meal portions, remodeling the bathroom, buying a major appliance that fits in the allotted space all involve math. To reinforce the importance and usefulness of math, we take our time and use all the tools available to reinforce what the kids are learning.

When my oldest daughter was first learning how to carry, or re-group as it is called now , she struggled with the concept. We used typical manipulatives like blocks and rods, cookies, beans, crayons, chicken scratch nothing was helping her grasp this concept. She was the appropriate age to be learning this concept if she were in our local school system, but I realized that I don t have to force her to go through the motions of doing something if she really wasn t ready. We homeschool, so we can take the time to do this so she understands. With that thought, I stopped. I backed off completely from teaching her how to carry. We moved on to something else entirely. About two weeks later, we went back to it.

The seeds had already been planted and the idea was there. She had time to be thinking about carrying without any pressure to understand it. When we went back to it, she grasped the concept easily and was able to apply the techniques to do her work. She understood how to do it and why, but she had needed that time to think about it and process it without fear of mistake, or failure through her eyes as a perfectionist.

Had she been in a school system , she would not have been able to take her time learning this concept or any other. There is a timeline to follow and if you don t keep up, you miss that concept entirely. I cannot imagine her missing that crucial foundation of math and I am so glad that we had the opportunity to take our time come back to it when she was more ready. That's what worked the best for us.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

momof6

My kids LOVE food math! Whether it's sorting colors of candy, counting candy, fractions with pizza or patterns with cereal it's always a fun learning time! Once we even dug for chocolate chips in cookies to see how many were in each one and then compared the amounts.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

tbrown75

Both my kids (7 and 5) love to illustrate their math problems. Allowing them the time to be creative seems to benefit them not only with the basic math facts, but helps build their motor skills, creativity and confidence. When my son was 6, he drew a simple addition problem with animals. When I could only count up to one less than the correct answer, I questioned him. He pointed to a tree he drew with a hole in it and said "The squirrel's in the hole, Mom!"

8 years ago · Like · Comment

jewels

My children are ages 12 and 16. In the past we have used flash cards to study math concepts. We have since discovered a site on the internet called mathquiz.com. It has been a tremendous blessing as well as much more fun! It only takes a few minutes to practice each day. There are many different math concepts to choose from at varying levels of difficulty.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Demetria

Pom poms for addition and subtraction. My 5 year old likes to use them inside two bowls with +/- signs between. Helps my kinesthetic learner to be more immersed in his math :)

8 years ago · Like · Comment

My daughter has always struggled with her confidence in Math. It has been so sad watching her trudging along in math feeling like a failure. After two years of building her up through being positive and lots of prayers, she has come to realize that even though Math may not be her favorite subject, she CAN do all things through Christ....even multiplication. Math-U-See has been a blessing.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Evita

My girls are only three and 4 so we've been having A LOT of fun with the fundamentals of math/concept groundwork. between dry beans and old egg cartons we've have hours of fun. I usually pour dry beans into a bowl (red and black ones) and have the 3 year old sort them out into equal groups in an empty egg carton. Or make patterns, or put them in order (1 in the first cup, 2 in the second, 3 in the thirs and so one.)

With my 4 year old and I have been doing fractions together. We make playdough circles that she gets to cut in half, fourths, 8ths etc. Pancake breakfasts become fraction time too!

Subtraction and snack time go hand in hand as well. (you have ten cheerios, if you eat 4, how many are left?)

I want them to see the practicality of math and feel the satisfaction of mastering a concept that opens opportunities for them. We're lovin' it!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

refinnej120

When we pulled our daughter out of public schools at the end of fourth grade, she wasn't able to recite ANY of her multiplication tables! I was appalled, so we promptly began working with a set of homemade flashcards that I created. Every time she got a fact right, it got a hole-punch on the edge of the card. When she accrued 10 hole-punches in a row then we retired the card. It worked! She is doing great in math now and we're looking forward to tackling Algebra next year!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

hoppermom

We were making change this morning to pay allowances. My six year old gave the answer!

8 years ago · Like · Comment
Brett: You were first! We'll be sending you a $15 Amazon Gift Card through Amazon momentarily. Thanks for breaking the ice, and good luck with your daughter -- it appears she has a promising career ahead of her as a banker!
8 years ago · Like

"The life pacs are helping my 6th grader learn more than just the information they provide. She's learning time management,self motivation and how to study and take exams. She really likes the bible life pac. We have recommended this curriculum to friends."
Korena Q., Co-op Member

"We loved Alpha-Omega LifePac for 3rd grade World Geography, and we are using them again this year for 5th grade Science and 3rd grade Science. They have great content and hands on experiments. My children both work in these on their own, at their own pace. I have a required amount of time that they must work in them everyday but how much they complete depends on their skill level. We will more than likely use them again next year for Science. Both boys have really enjoyed the information and that they can do them on their own without me."
cary lynn, Co-op Member

"We have tried various flashcard type drills, timed drills on paper, and even several computer programs but none have gotten my kids excited to practice math like IXL has done. I have four students, grades 10, 7, 5, and K, who are using IXL and loving it. They like the challenge of getting to the next prize while I like the reports that show not only the exact problems given to my students but also their answer to the problem. This gives much better insight as to their difficulty with a particular skill. The 10th grade student is actually in High School Geometry but the 8th grade geometry has provided some practice for basic skills. We are eagerly awaiting the release of the high-school levels for her to get full benefit from the product. Even so, it was worth the fee for her to practice the basics."
Michele D., Co-op Member

"I LOVE this math program!! My son has issues with long term memory. Finding a math program that gave him and me the flexibility to learn and review and keep up with what he needed to learn was a challenge. IXL has it all in one spot. We can review as often and as long as we want. The virtual rewards he receives as he reaches 100% competency in each area gives him incentive to keep going until he conquers the skill being reviewed."
Suzannah L. Monser, Co-op Member

"Honestly, we found Uzinggo not to be very helpful, but rather confusing. We began using Khan Academy a few months ago and that seems to be easier to track progress and explain problems."
Heidi, Co-op Member

"At our homeschool we use a fairly balanced curriculum, comprised of traditional textbook-based instruction as well as multimedia/internet methods. I stumbled upon Uzinggo while online a few months ago and signed up for the two-week trial. In the meantime, not knowing anything about that company, I did a little bit of research and honestly, was a bit concerned that I could not find much, plus the fact that they are in Europe and there were hardly any reviews anywhere. As such, I really thought that the trial would be the extent of my dealings with them. However... my daughter was absolutely enthralled with their way of explaining science, and in her particular case, meteorology. She could not get enough of the site. When the trial ended she was begging that we subscribe... but ouch, their price! It really is a bit steep to be just an add-on component to our already-costly approach to homeschooling. Plus, they charge extra for every additional student. In their defense though, I e-mailed them about this and they promptly replied stating they would offer a discount for my additional children when added. Anyhow, I decided to keep looking around for another online resource where a similar high-quality approach to math and science could be found and nothing really combined the high-quality interface and delivery of meaty information the way Uzinggo did. The prettier and engaging interfaces were shallow, and invariably those that went in-depth were a heavily text-based bore. I kept wondering about Uzinggo. Oh, but the price! And my distant second concern, "who are these folks?". That's where the Homeschool Buyers Co-op came in... doing away with both of my worries. In their listing they mentioned that the Uzinggo folks were the same ones behind "Adaptive Curriculum", granted, I knew nothing about AC either, but a quick search showed many praises and much respect from the teaching community. Ok, that helped! And the co-op negotiated rate brought them down to doable! My daughter actually asked for Uzinggo for Christmas... and got it! Thanks H-B-Coop!"
Jesse L, Co-op Member

"My daughter gets frustrated that she can't choose what tutorial she will do next and that she can't earn prizes for doing practice. Parents can do the next three exercises in a child's tutorial queue and can skip them if they so choose. There were several mistakes in one tutorial, but they were fixed by the time my daughter did it. I don't think we will use it after this year's sub is expired."
Cindy S, Co-op Member

"We thought this would be a "fun" math supplement. My son was eager to get started with it too. The only down side is that my son is advanced in math. Math Whizz requires the student to go through a COMPREHENSIVE placement before starting on the games and fun. My son worked on the assessment for several hours and still did not reach the end of the assessment. He lost interest and refused to even try to reach the end of his assessment. Nothing like having a fun product turn your student off to math! When we called the company they told us that the assessment could take up to several hours for an advanced student but IT DOES NOT SAY THAT ON THEIR WEBSITE. They refused to refund our money because they aren't providing refunds to HSBCO accounts so we're moving on having learned our lesson about trying to purchase fun supplementation. I will NEVER recommend this product for students beyond basic arithmetic. While the product teaches beyond that, the student will be doing an assessment for far too long if their knowledge is beyond the basics. Our son is now doing Khan Academy online FOR FREE and we won't be supplementing with any other for-pay options."
JC, Co-op Member

"We\'ve really enjoyed the Discovery Education video service. My daughter\'s 12, and there are hundreds of videos targeted at that age range. Her favorites so far are the math videos (go figure!), but we\'ve watched a lot of science and history videos as well."
Rhee Eliker, Co-op Member

"This is a wonderful tool for my family. It is easy to use and fast to search for things, they are very well grouped."
Mary T., Co-op Member

"Learn-Math-Fast was the perfect math solution for my gifted 1st grader. We actually had a problem while using Math-U-See in kindergarten where he just zoomed through his entire year's math workbook in just under 4 months. I figured we'd be spending a fortune on curriculum every year to keep him engaged. For our family budget, and for our math-loving son, this program is the perfect fit. I recommend it to my friends whose children are also naturally math-oriented learners."
Christine L., Co-op Member

"We are not happy campers. Not all the problems are step by step. They will explain a simple algebra equation then give you one that is nothing like the one before. When you look at the answers, it is just the answer, no steps. I have been on Google more times than I can count to try to figure out how to teach her this. I don't remember. We have come up with steps on how to solve equations that LMF does not even mention. Some of the beginning of the first two book were not bad, but this was definitely not worth my money. My daughter is good in Math and has always gotten A's. Now we have to redo almost all of the worksheets multiply times. Which they have all the original worksheets online, but you have to print all of them out at once. You can not print out single worksheets. They also have supplemental worksheets, but not for all the lessons. They are not in order and they are not labeled correctly. The answer sheets do not always match up. We are not happy and if I were you I would save my money for a different product."
Jessica J., Co-op Member

"We are using Mathseeds for our son (13) who is developmentally delayed. He struggles to understand basic arithmetic concepts such as one-to-one correspondence when counting, numerical sequencing, and place value. He likes Mathseeds because the format is familiar, since we used Reading Eggs for several years. Also, he enjoys that a single lesson is broken into many smaller parts that are quickly completed. And, he enjoys many of the animations, especially those with vehicles. Finally, he enjoys earning acorns and changing his avatar.



I like Mathseeds because the curricular approach is slow enough that he can keep pace with the lessons. Also, the program requires him to repeat a segment until he can do so accurately. If he struggles with a lesson, I can easily adjust his position on the map and move him backwards to repeat any difficult lessons. This product permits our son to learn at his developmental pace, where some other programs advanced him a bit too quickly.



We have had occasional technical glitches, but the Mathseeds program permits easy resetting. If a segment doesn't open (locks up), we reopen the previous segment and then go back to the new segment. Usually this corrects the glitch. This does not happen often, but I appreciate that our son does not have to complete the entire lesson again (which has happened with other math programs). The program remembers which segments he has already completed.



We will use Mathseeds until our son completes the program. Then we will probably enroll him in Math Whizz, which we also like, for more advanced learning."
L. Row, Co-op Member

"I am not interested in the kids doing too much in the iPad or computer but this program actually is wonderful for my three-year-old. He usually looks forward to doing it and I like that it is free of advertisements!!"
Rebeca, Co-op Member

"My daughter feels successful in math, which is a huge step!"
Tracy,

"Love the connections made and the overall increase in math sense, reasoning, and general perseverance."
Pamela,

"We are loving VideoText Algebra! The lessons are short and focused. There are quizzes every couple of lessons and unit tests, so it is very easy to make sure that the students get it. There are plenty of options for extra practice available, if necessary. So far, retention has been phenomenal, and my daughter actually asks to do math. She loves the format, and it's easy for her to understand. I will definitely continue using this, and plan to use it with my younger child as well."
April, Co-op Member

"We have loved the learning wrap ups and the learning palette! They're really great! My kids enjoy using them. They are great resources that have helped my kids progress! It is hands on and great for kinetic learners and all kinds of learners!"
Catherine, Co-op Member

"Wrap-Ups are the perfect tool for learning on-the-go or keeping one child occupied while you work with another. They come in a variety of skills/levels and allow the student to both work and check their work independently. I drop a couple in my purse during doctor's appointments, etc. We have almost the complete collection that Wrap-Ups offers and absolutely love them!!"
Jeanette, Co-op Member

"This is the first Science Curriculum my kids have loved! They are always excited to do the experiments and have learned a lot. They recently approached me to see if they could enter our local science fair. I think they have been inspired by this curriculum. Takes a little gathering of supplies on my part but if you have older kids you could probably give them the list and have the procure the parts."
Casie T., Co-op Member

"Although the curriculum is ideal for those who favour the hands-on approach to Science, the only problem I found was not being able to find all the materials needed to do the experiments especially since I live in a foreign country and items readily available in the US are not easily available where I live. This was a major demotivating factor for my children who really couldn't benefit from the curriculum as promised. On top of that, the service was terrible. I had to wait for ages for a response from the Ultimate Science team regarding my order and many of the DVDs I had originally paid for were replaced by DVDs that I did not need. Given that each DVD is already so pricey, having to pay for DVDs that I did not want was not in our best interest. Also, whenever I'd try to respond to emails from the Ultimate Science team, I always got automated responses, questions were ignored, and I couldn't get through to anyone it seems! In the end, I felt they were more interested in making a profit than benefiting the customer. I don't see myself continuing to use it or purchasing other products in the future."
Mari M., Co-op Member

"My daughters really enjoy Redbird math. My oldest daughter struggled with math last year which led me to look for something more enjoyable and engaging than workbooks. She has new interest in math as a result of Redbird."
Kimberly Rogers, Co-op Member

"Will likely need to use the glossary regularly as the directions and problems are worded very academically. Overall, user friendly. Program adapts well to student need. My son kept making errors with decimal place values, and it automatically gave him a bit easier questions and more opportunities for review.

Pros:

**Adaptive means you support instead of lead mostly.

**Program "remembers" student work and records soundless video replays that let you see exactly what went right or wrong during instruction or practice.

**Progress reporting.



Cons (sort of):

**Overuse of academic language can discourage student initially, but may empower them for standardized testing.

**Solid coverage of skills and strategies, but not a "fun" program yet. Projects and career info spread out so far it's easy to forget they are there. Would love to see it weaved throughout more succinctly.

**Needs readily available manipulatives."
Roslyn I., Co-op Member

"My children(both boys and girls) absolutely enjoy the Quarter Mile Math program. It is a great way for them to get some drill practice on their math facts."
Karyn H., Co-op Member

"My daughter loves Quarter Mile Math!! We have 3 horses here at home, so having the riderless horses were definately an exciting bonus to motivate her to want to practice her math skills. The Quarter Mile is a very nice way to get kids to practice and perfect their math skills. I have recommended it to my friends and would definately recommend it to others."
Brenda Weisenberger, Co-op Member

"Our children have really enjoyed CTC Math. We have a couple with learning disabilities so it is a challenge for them especially in that it introduces concepts that we have not had yet at their grade levels. They have looked forward to doing their math lesson each day and I plan to use CTC math through the school year."
Amy Petrick, Co-op Member

"We have started CTC Math this summer using the free trial. We were pleaseed with it and purchased it as our math curriculum for our 1st grader. She loves the certificates and is always excited about getting a new one. It seems to motivate her."
C. Womack, Co-op Member

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