Linking up again with Highhill Education to discuss curriculum choices!
Funny thing about curriculums…
it really doesn’t matter what you use as long as you stay consistent.
They will all work if you use them.
The variables between textbooks is simply a matter of preference in style.
So, in other words…
If you like what you use, stick with it.
Our Favorites based by age groups
By far, hands on math!
Play games, such as Go Fish, War, Yahtzee, and Dominoes.
Let them help in the kitchen; measure, sort, & pour.
Make money count! Let them sort change, pay at the check out, help read prices.
Count everything; stair steps, windows, houses on the block, steps to the mailbox.
and for those who love creative ideas… Confession of a Homeschooler rocks!
The add it! and subtract it! were perfect to help my aspie visually catch on to the concepts.
Abeka Arithmetic- great colorful workbooks that have plenty of repetition at these younger ages to get their math down solid.
continue games… dice, Speed, & monopoly.
5th -7th grades (respectively to 8th grade even):
meaning that some of my students have spent a year reviewing books and may take til 8th grade to get the core foundation down before moving on to higher math. I don’t care about grades and levels, I care about knowledge!
Saxon Math 5/4 thru 7/6- older editions only! Sometimes “updated” is not always “better”.
Saxon is good for self teaching. Great for the maturing student as beginning to write your own problems down helps them to focus and pay attention to details. I’ve heard some complain about having to write out the problems on your own sheet of paper (vs a workbook). I am not interested in what is convenient for my child, but rather to help them develop skills that fine tune their abilities. After all, they don’t continue to trace their letters once they know how to write them, eh? So why can’t they write out their own numbers too? (Don’t even get me started on calculator use before advanced math *eye roll*)
continue games… Chess, Mastermind, and Stratego (looking to develop strategic thinking, preparing them for higher math).
This where I let me kids make some decisions.
Math-U- See, pre al & up, is great for the visual/audio learner.
Saxon, algebra 1/2 & up, is a strong choice for the typical read-write students.
in addition… add in a finance class for practical purposes, and carpentry for fun!
With this all said… I am not a strong must push them hard through mathematics. Personally, I love math. I excelled quite well in high school, and love crunching numbers and ideas. *smile* Like I mentioned before, I am more concerned about gaining true knowledge and really understanding concepts rather than just plugging one’s way through math just to say it’s done. My oldest homeschooler reviewed concepts quite a few times, and completed Algebra before graduating. but what about advanced math? If he were to truly need it in life, he has been taught the independent skills to learn it if he so chose. Ironically, the math concepts reviewed is exactly the skills he needs in the apprenticeship program he is in now for his career choice. nice, huh? =)
Did you enjoy Math in school?