Homeschool Math. What do those words do to you when you hear them? Do you think, "I love math, I can't wait to teach it to my kids!" Or do your thoughts run more along the line of "How am I ever going to teach it to my children?"
Thinking back to my own experience, I remember that I was the kind of student who just wanted to know how a problem was solved, I didn't need to know why I was doing it that way. Teaching my own children has caused me to stop and discover the why of the problem and not just the how. I also remember liking math and I have to wonder why it is that all of my children dislike it! Is it just because it is hard sometimes and takes some effort?
It certainly can't be because I haven't tried a variety of programs. If there is one part of my home school curriculum that has had a lot of variety, it is this department. Over the years I have tried MCP, A Beka, Saxon Math, Math U See, Teaching Textbooks and Life of Fred for a variety of students and ages. My children would cringe when I would come home from the latest homeschool conference out of fear of what new math curriculum I might have found.
I really think, though, that math is a very individualized subject. Each of my children learns differently and each of the homeachool math curriculum available has a different style that will appeal to different types of learners. Finding the right mix might take a lot of trial and error. On the following pages I will try to give you a feel for a few of the different curriculums and who they might appeal to.
As far as my own family goes, I think that I have hit on a mix of homeschool math curriculum that works. I know that no two kids are the same, but I will offer you my recommendations in the event that they will help you to make that all important curriculum decision.
Remember, though, that you can always change curriculum if what you are using isn't working for your student. It might put you behind, but it is far better to find something that works than to keep shoving ahead with something that doesn't.
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