Need help choosing the best homeschool math curriculum? Children have different learning styles and needs. Parents have different talents and teaching styles. This is especially true when learning and teaching mathematics.
Therefore, finding a good fit for a mathematics program means that you need to take all of that into account before making your choice.
Mathematics can be one of the hardest subjects for many parents to teach. However, understanding your needs and the choices out there can help you to find a program that works for you and your family.
Our Top Picks:
Horizons is one of our top picks because it has an excellent instructor’s manual, organized format and is one of the best foundations for children through sixth grade level.Unlike most mathematics curriculums, this program uses the spiral learning method to slowly introduce new concepts while constantly building on prior knowledge. If your child needs to master a subject before moving on to new concepts, it would not be a good choice for you. However, if your children do best with variety and challenge, this might be a perfect fit.When we ask for feedback from homeschoolers who have used it, we hear that parents love the challenging program and kids like the colorful and fun pages of the workbooks.To learn more about Horizons homeschool math options…
MathUSee is a favorite among many parents who say they didn’t like math as kids. This program is very hands-on and manipulative-based.It utilizes DVD videos and manipulatives to teach children mathematics. Students “SEE” and understand concepts and answers instead of just memorizing them. This can be especially helpful for children and adults who need to visually understand a concept instead of just reading about it.Click here to learn more…
|Saxon (54 and higher)
Saxon is favorite of many homeschool families. We think that the level 54 and higher grades are top choices for most learning styles, but we like other programs more for the younger students. For more about Saxon…
Alpha Omega LifePacs
LifePac Math is great for children who like the workbook method of learning and excel when mastering one subject at a time. A year of study is broken down into 10 worktexts based on similar concepts.Students generally like and appreciate the sense of accomplishment each time they successfully complete a worktext. To learn more about LifePac options…
|Alpha Omega SOS
This is the same great home school program available in the LifePac version, but is available in a computerized version for anyone from 3rd grade level and above.This is great for parents get tired of correcting mathematics papers and for kids who like computer games!For more about Switched on Schoolhouse…
This program is ideal for parent who may be a little intimidated when even thinking about teaching advanced math concepts to their children. This gives such great detailed instruction that is it not difficult for students to work through it themselves if if their parents need a little math refresher to help. Many students who struggle in other programs thrive under this one. For more about Teaching Textbooks…
|Modern Curriculum Press
MCP Math is designed for parents to be able to help their children and to be able teach mathematics easily even if it is not the parent’s best subject. There are plenty of activities and the program comes with a very thorough workbook that can often be done almost completely independently by older students. For about MCP…
Try Them Out
One of the best ways to find the right fit for a program is to try it out. Ask a friend who uses each curriculum if you can see how it works or try it with your child for a week.
If that is not a possibility, check Ebay for used home school books and workbooks.
Give it a try! You may be surprised at how much fun mathematics can be!