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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
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Math Resources for Homeschoolers
What are the Options?

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

If you purchase a complete School-at-Home curriculum, or enroll with a
Cyber School, your child's math curriculum will be included in the
package. Some alternative homeschooling approaches will recommend
the use of particular math programs that fit well with their educational
philosophies.  Most other homeschoolers will need to choose what
approach they are going to take with math, and which resources will be
best for each of their children.  

There are dozens of complete math programs on the market... and a few
free online programs, too.  There are also "a la carte" resources for
explaining particular topics or helping children develop math skills.  There
are also a lot of math topics out there that aren't covered in typical school
curriculum... but that your child may find fun and interesting!  

Many parents, especially those who never really liked math, find the
choosing of a math curriculum to be the most stressful part of getting
started as new homeschoolers.  But please,
Don't Panic.  Do some
looking around before you decide what to buy -- see what's out there.  
With so many possible options, you're sure to find something that suits
your child's personality and ability level, and also fits with your own
comfort level in teaching math.

You can always print out some free activity sheets for your child to work
on while you explore the options.  Or start with a simple and inexpensive
workbook to see how your child does with it.   So, where can you find
worksheets or workbooks?  How can you provide your student with drill in
basic skills without killing initiative?  Where can you find interesting new
applications for existing math knowledge?  Visit some of our Math pages,
listed below, to see what interests your child, and what inspires them to
learn about math.

*Need Help in Teaching Math?

*A Sampling of Popular Math Curriculum packages

*Looking for Parent Reviews of Math Curriculum? Click here to
find the best places to look!

*Other Math Resources -- fun, creative, and non-traditional --
including curriculum, strategy games, puzzles, riddles

*Many Ways to Practice Math Skills -- including  the dreaded
**math facts** (games, drills, and worksheets)

*Online Math Enrichment -- fun mathy things free online

*Pre-Algebra and Algebra


*Advanced Math: Algebra 2, Trig, and Calculus

*Options for Students Gifted in Math

Related Issues

What About Memorizing Math Facts?-- from Julie at Living math

Dyscalcula -- the math learning disability

The Math Teacher's Ten Commandments  

The Diner's Favorite Strategy Board Games

Printable graph paper -- select grid size and type of paper, includes
cartesian (most common for algebra 1), logarithmic, polar, engineering, etc
incompetech  -- print out graph papers, geo patterns, sudoku grids, etc

Microsoft Word Equation Editor -- did you know you can easily type
math equations with Word?  You just need to install the option (using your
install CD) and drag the equation icon to the tool bar!  Here are directions
how to do this from Mr. Simonds at Portland Community College. The
University of Waterloo provides a
video tutorial for using Equation Editor
(once you have it installed). Word 2007 offers
Microsoft Math add-in.  
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