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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Homeschooling by Subject
Math for Homeschoolers

A Sampling of Popular Math Curriculum

by Julie Shepherd knapp, copyright 2006

What is the perfect math curriculum?  It is the one that best meets your
child's learning style, ability level, and educational goals.  If you see a
program that sounds good go to the
Math Curriculum Reviews page for
links to review websites...  there you can see what other parents have said
about the program you are considering.

School-at-Home math options -- if you're interested in a standards-
aligned school-at-home type of math curriculum, such as
Horizons Math
by Alpha Omega,  
LifePacs Math by Alpha Omega, Switched on School
Math by Alpha Omega, A Beka Math, Calvert Math, or ACE
-- they can be bought separately (without purchasing the complete
curriculum package), see each vendor at the
School-at-Home section   

Miquon Math -- (PreK–3) a hands-on approach that uses math rod
manipulatives, provides excellent age-appropriate introductions to many
advanced concepts not usually covered at this age,

Enki Education Math -- (grades 1 and 2 currently available) a story-
based math program, uses stories and hands-on activities "bring basic
mathematical concepts to life", Enki is a holistic educational apporach  

Singapore Math -- (K-12)  this is the curriculum used by schools in
Singapore (the country that consistently ranks the highest in international
math rankings), instead of presenting concepts in small bites
(incrementally), each section begins with a basic concept then, in the same
section, moves on to problems requiring a progressively higher order of
mathematical thinking, low to moderate amount of repetition and review,
the vendor website provides an online forum for support, which is often
handy for parents used to more traditional approaches

Saxon Math -- (K-12)  the "grandaddy" of homeschool math programs,
Saxon provides an approach to math where new concepts are presented
sequentially, in small increments, with lots of review and repetition;
students who succeed with Saxon usually do well on standardized tests,
due to Saxon's focus on computation, this is an algorithm-based spiral
approach to content which emphasizes drill, repetition, and daily review.

Rod and Staff Math -- (1 - 8) this is a traditional, Bible-based curriculum
with a strong emphasis on mastery of skills and providing sufficient drill, it
is designed to "..teach one mathematical operation continuously over a
several-week period rather than studying one concept today, another
tomorrow, and so on and then repeating the cycle...", reasoning problems
include "...a spiritual lesson, a Biblical principle, a challenge, or some
usefulness in everyday life ..."

Math-U-See -- (K-12) a manipulatives-based curriculum that provides
video/DVD lessons for the parent to watch, then teach to their students;
concepts are presented in what is considered a natural progression (not
aligned with public school scope and sequence), uses songs for learning
math facts; reportedly helpful for students with math anxiety. manipulatives
are used all the way thru the curriculum, not just in the early years

Chalk Dust Math  -- (K–12)  Video/DVD lessons present concepts from
corresponding textbook, standards-aligned, emphasizes repetition and
review, on-line technical support available, children can work somewhat

Shiller Math -- (preK - 6) (7 - 9 in development) a Montessori-based multi-
sensory curriculum that uses manipulatives, songs, and scripted lessons
(parents read from the lesson plans provided), lesson books (which
combine student and teacher info on one page) and manipulative kits sold
separately, teaches incrementally (in small bites), good for teaching
multiple ages, children learn at their own pace (though 15 - 30 minute
lessons are recommended), a child who enjoys math and learns quickly
may go thru the curriculum quicker than expected

Life of Fred (4 - 12+)
Offers a complete math education from Fractions through Calculus 2.  This
series of unusual text books is written by a retired math teacher who was
convinced that math didn't have to be dry, boring, and hard to
understand.  Concepts are taught thru the story of a young boy who learns
about math from life experiences.  The books are written very
conversationally, with a sprinkling of dry humor.  Visit the website to read
some sample pages.   

Stern Structural Arithmetic -- (pre-K - 3) a hands-on manipulative-
based program for teaching basic math concepts to young children,
focuses on visually seeing and feeling the math concepts, and pays close
attention to the words used to describe math concepts (to make a smooth
transition from verbal explanations to written math, uses blocks and trays
to show concepts

Right Start Mathematics -- (K - 4) (6th - 8th in development) a hands-
on,  abacus-based curriculum developed by a Montessori teacher,
students are  taught to visualize quantities grouped in 5s and 10s, this
method emphasizes and understanding of place value... which extends to
using a different "math way" of number naming -- "12" is called "ten 2" (or
"1-ten 2") and "23" is "2-ten 3", four-digit numbers introduced in first grade,
focus is on understanding of math concepts, math card games used for
practice,  good for visual-spatial learners

Touch Math -- (preK - 6th) (also available: Special Ed K - 3, Special Ed K
- adult),  a sequential approach with deliberately integrated visual cues,
developed for children with learning disabilities... but has expanded to
include all children, "...students interact with numbers on paper by seeing,
saying, hearing and touching numbers...", designed with uncluttered, child-
friendly pages, just a few problems on each page, large print, and plentiful
work space, teacher's training video and seminars available,
recommended for children with learning disabilities, autism, visual
impairment, and those who prefer a multi-sensory approach

Family Math by Jean Kerr Stanmark, Family Math for Young Children by
Jean Kerr Stanmark, and
Family Math: The Middle School Years by
Karen Mayfield-Ingram -- fun hands-on activities for informal learning of
math, the first book is a "homeschool classic" and covers K - 8th.  These
books are often used by
Unschoolers and by those who have young
children who are very interested in math.

Noble Knights of Knowledge -- an ungraded resource that covers
material commonly taught in grades 1 - 4, can also be used with younger
kids for enrichment, or as a supplement for older kids who need review to
improve their base of understanding, a story-based math program
centered around a Medieval castle, uses themed props and story boards
to explain math concepts, uses some multi-sensory techniques, looks fun ;-)
Mark Twain Media/Carson Dellosa Publishing -- (K -12) a workbook
publisher that offers a nice selection of elementary, middle school and high
school math workbooks that can be used as a curriculum or a supplement.
they also offer several themed math workbooks, such as "Math in History",
"Math in Weather", and "Math in Geography"

School Zone Series -- (Pre-K - 6)  a series of workbooks available at
many retail chains and teacher's stores.  These workbooks cover all the
main topics in each grade level, with very clear explanations and
examples.  The workbooks are short and kid-friendly.  Great to use as a
supplement to other programs or as a "spine" in a more "Natural Learning"
or "Living Math" approach to math.   

Key to… Series for Math  -- (grades 1-10) major math topics are broken
into separate workbooks with one for each topic of study, can be used as
curriculum "spine" (you will want to provide other resources for minor math
topics not included in the series), for review, or for remediation

ALEKS Automated Math Tutor -- (grades 3 - college level) an online
math curriculum, self-paced, student's progress is charted by a pie graph,
when a student can complete 4 problems on a topic they are allowed to
move on, inexpensive monthly subscription, free 48-hour trial or free 30
day trial,
here, if it is still valid.

APEX Learning -- (grades 6-12): standards-aligned online math courses,
AP math courses, and AP Exam Review, other subjects available

Harold Jacobs Textbooks  Math: A Human Endeavor (6 - 12): A book
about general mathematics written in light conversational tones, appeals to
visual-spatial learners, those who need to understand the big picture, the
math anxious, and younger children who enjoy learning math concepts.  
Can be used for general high school mathematics, or as review for
parents.  Not a good text for students who just want to be shown how to
work problems.  Read this
review for a better understanding of all of the
Harold Jacobs textbooks.

Free Online Math Curriculum and Lesson Plans

MarcoPolo Internet Content for the Classroom  - (K - 12) a collection
of seven content-specific web sites with free standards-aligned lesson
plans, student interactive content, down-loadable worksheets, links to
panel-reviewed Web sites and additional resources

Comprehensive School Mathematics Program (CSMP) -- a complete,  
printable, free online package including all Lesson Plans (day-by-day with
teacher scripts), Files, Worksheets, Blackline Masters, Storybooks, and
Story Workbooks necessary to teach grades K-6.  Does not provide hands-
on supplies, such as Cuisinare Rods, number lines, posters, etc (could be
made at home or bought at a teacher supply store). Developed by Buffalo
State College in New York

The Educator's Reference Desk - (K - 12) over 2000 free lesson plans
written and submitted by US teachers

First Lessons in Arithmetic by Jones Bros. (1878), free online text, from
Don Potter Education Page

19th Century Schoolbooks -- free online full texts of 140 old textbooks

The Academy Curriculum Exchange --free online math lesson plans, all
subject areas, all grades, from the Columbia Education Center
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