Notes: AoPS is usually billed for exceptional math students in grades 6-12, who need a challenge. The scope is what is covered, and the sequence is the order in which concepts are taught. Cons: As with any online program, students may not spend much time actually writing math. You can search by topic and the site is very well organized so things are easy to find. JavaScript is disabled. A couple of my kids will read it for fun and laugh over Fred’s antics, Pros: This is a literature-based curriculum. One of my favorite places to check for discounts is the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. I'm interested in going into engineering. Includes: Online video explanations followed by online review problems. Saxon’s two-digit, grade-level designations in the titles of the courses can help you figure out the correct grade level for each book. Cons: I wish there was a sibling discount for subsequent years. You can find the old version CD’s used. Your skepticism is admirable and a thing to be cultivated. The teacher’s guide has a section with the list of concepts taught in each lesson, along with a list of objectives, teaching tips, materials and activities to teach and expand the lessons. There are 160 lessons in 2 workbooks. Live classes (taught in Atlanta) are $70-$85 per month. I could have a decent shot at getting a 4.0, however, so is that good? How much time do you want to devote? You’ll also need the manipulative bundle (can be used for multiple levels) which is an additional $210. Learn how your comment data is processed. That’s the very minimal method we’ve settled into over the years. Students write directly in the worktext. Just make sure you can find the corresponding (same edition) answer key and other components. Familiarity doesn’t happen after solving 4 practice problems per concept. Pros: Parental burden is greatly decreased. But if I didn’t feel proficient, I’d absolutely use Nicole’s videos! If you can’t find what you need used, there are a few great places to purchase new curriculum for a significant discount. He uses a lot of visual representation to explain concepts, and his books are full color. I love it and I hate it. Switching back and forth between different curriculum and approaches is not in a students best interest, because of the way each math curriculum differs in scope, sequence and approach. It moves at the student’s pace and continuously adapts to what they need to work on. Does it require a lot of preparation? That can feel like a huge weight, but keep in mind that as a homeschooler you have the privilege of teaching the child, not the curriculum. It seems to be an easy course for students to use and understand, while also being pretty easy on parents. Kids can choose to attend a synchronous, online class with peers at a specified time, or take a self-paced class taught via video. They offer a substantial, Notes: Lessons are taught online (or via CD’s) and then problems are worked and answered in your students account. You’re already asking the right questions (wondering if you’ll be overwhelmed). Please share. What's rigorous in physics is not always rigorous in math. Lessons are taught visually, but some students still learn better with a kinesthetic approach, so you would need to supplement with actual, physical math manipulatives. That is due to the “engineering” factor. Sometimes, even when there is no line, and the fifth child says she is ready to check, I still want to pull my hair out because I just checked and helped with corrections for four people and I’m ready to be done but I still have to work with the fifth. I was looking for your view on how to teach science or what curriculum you use. Kids who use this program develop fantastic number sense and conceptual understanding. Students appreciate the format, especially the immediate feedback from the auto grading feature. We tried Math-U-see, which my other girls have been exceling at, and both Sonlight and Abeka. DD is not a fast paced Math learner, she became aggitated easily and didn't really learn much at all from it. Teaching Method: Mastery but with plenty of review / Conceptual. For example, I wish I could purchase the Calculus course outright and own it for my subsequent children. It's an honor to be invited into your inbox! We started using it this year (Math U See was not a good fit for my daughter), and I’m feeling like it just might not be enough for my math-minded girl. A successful AP Calculus test grants your children 8 quantitative literacy credits toward an undergrad degree. I love that when I buy a physical textbook I can reuse it with subsequent children in my homeschool, which isn’t the case with this homeschool math curriculum. It usually take a few days to a week to complete. Thanks for sharing! Program features include reference numbers for each problem so students can see where a problem was first introduced. Math-U-See® Manipulatives is a virtual version of the physical manipulatives designed to be used with the Math-U-See® curriculum. Notes: Published by Dr. Shormann, the author of the award-winning DIVE video lectures for Saxon Math, this homeschool math curriculum is based on John Saxon’s original teaching methods of incremental development, continual review, and integrated algebra and geometry. For children who struggle with math or have trouble thinking abstractly, Math-U-See can help them feel successful at math and confident in their understanding of math concepts. I have lots of tips for homeschooling cheap, starting with always checking for used curriculum first. Includes: All of the online curriculum and video tutorials (for all the levels) are included. She liked the pretty, colorful format of the workbooks (as opposed to Saxon’s plain text) but the progression was much too slow for her and she was eager to switch back after a few weeks. Cons: Dr. Shormann teaches Calculus from a religious, Christian point of view. Pros: Students find his explanations to be humorous, entertaining and interesting. I’m sure that if you can get through it, you’ll get a lot out of it. As a frustrated college student in a Differential Equations class, I visited the math tutoring center for help. Math U See is a comprehensive math program with a mastery approach as opposed to something more spiral and is secular in it’s perspective. Does it fit within my budget? Singapore Dimensions or Saxon look promising, but I don’t want to be a curriculum-jumper. My parents think this is a rigorous enough schedule, and so does my guidance counselor. Is this right? Includes: You’ll need a textbook, a Solutions Manual, and a Test booklet. So let me make this easier on you by sharing a little secret. I hope the homeschooling lifestyle will be as big a blessing to your family as it has to mine! Rigorous definition is - manifesting, exercising, or favoring rigor : very strict. When there isn’t an A/B side? Thanks for posting this question. I catch my 7yo doing his math at night during his free time. I can do the problems but at times my mind drifts off somewhere else. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I looked through the Calculus book and it felt extremely difficult in the same way that one of my teachers (in an elementary school gifted and talented class) used to present us with daily puzzles that required not only thinking skills but also prior experience and knowledge. It provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction and is accessible from any device with Internet access. Notes: 17 years ago, when my oldest was just starting first grade, Singapore Math was the in thing. It’s really helpful to be able to see all of that and the scope and sequence at a glance. Even though it feels expensive, this class is a bargain compared to what you’d pay for those credits from a university. Includes: Textbook, Solutions Manual, Teachers Guide and online video instruction. (Another fun resource for learning math through literature is. She also loved the Computer Science integration and thinks the immediate grading and feedback would be a huge positive, too. It also includes a placement test to give to your child. I hope that helps! Do you have any thoughts on The Good & The Beautiful’s math? They include lab booklets, equipment and supplies. Because this homeschool math curriculum feels prestigious and because I consider my family math-y, I wanted to try it and like it. Like extracurricular activities, colleges prefer to see a dedication to the few, rather than only dabbling in the many. They complete the entire problem set from there on. The manipulative blocks (kind of like legos in that its easy to tell the numbers of each block) provide excellent visual respresentation of math concepts. (this matters less than the previous questions, but it will be a little difficult to incorporate a super intense, highly rigorous math course into an unschooling methodology. Practice is provided with math card games to provide the necessary repetition for memorizing math facts in a fun and interesting way. Cons: I personally don’t feel there is enough practice, nor is there enough review, for this to adequately prepare students for higher math. She thought Dr. Shormann was too verbose with the Christian element, despite the fact that we are very Christian and have similar beliefs. Once you’ve registered for the free membership, check the ‘shop’ section and then search under the math section. His mom switched him to Saxon, which he liked better. They offer family discounts. Cons: Because Math Mammoth is supposed to be self-directed, it provides very little guidance to parents. Pros: Singapore emphasizes mental math (taught from the Instructor’s Guide) methods and problem solving abilities. Is math suppose to be tough, do you have to work at it everyday and study for 4 to 5 hrs or does it come easy to you? What does the specific curriculum require? I don’t love the Saxon Calculus text as much as the rest of the series. Amazon, Thriftbooks and local homeschool curriculum sales are a great place to find used math curriculum. "But we don't believe it's been rigorous enough." It’s great at teaching children to understand math concepts rather than just memorize procedures.It advertises itself as completely self-teaching, meaning less work on mom (yay!). If your older kids could maybe work mostly independently, that might work because it would free you up to work with the younger kids. They work well for family study, too, from my high schoolers all the way down to my littles. None of my children have ever worked on it daily, but they do work on it in fits and starts and generally complete it within about a year. The program lacks manipulatives and graphics that benefit visual and kinesthetic learners. Does it best fit my child’s learning style? Conceptual math  clearly explains the reasons why mathematical operations work as they do, or the “concepts” behind math operations. Be sure to look for the 2-month free trial! There is not as much depth as in other homeschool math curriculum and many moms complain that it’s too slow. Let’s look at several of the most popular choices for homeschoolers. I mean everyone is trying to get my attention at once. Cost: Each grade, including level A, level B, Tests and the Answer Key, is about $45. My 14-year-old, who is currently in Calculus, went through all of Dr. Shormann’s sample lessons and enjoyed his clear, live video instruction. Have you ever looked at BJU Press for math? Simply put it means that every step in your argument can be traced back to the axioms and rules of a formal system. The kits include every single thing you need to teach a particular concept, right down to the lab books. I’m impressed and awed with your knowledge! Includes: A textbook that reads like literature, but with practical applications of math. They write well and none of them want to be writers (so far) so…. Do you have more questions about Saxon Math? And sometimes my kiddos have to get in line to have questions answered or concepts explained, which makes me want to pull my hair out, because by line I don’t mean a nice, quiet, patient line. I hope that helps! Pro or con? I have sat reading through your blogs for a couple of days now. We’ve participated in lots of different homeschool groups and classes over the years. It depends on the situation at hand: What's rigorous in a published paper, meant to convince experts of a new result, may not be rigorous in a homework assignment, meant to verify that a student really knows what they're talking about. Many families use Life of Fred in addition to their math curriculum and not as a stand along curriculum, though some certainly do that. However, the more I considered the mastery approach the more I realized that my child was being taught, without math curriculum, in exactly that way. In fact, both of them have commented that they feel their multiple college Calculus courses have been quite easy and they can’t understand the disconnect their college peers express. Do you kids skip problems when they get to Math 54? Not enough explanation and the problems are hard to work out on the computer, esp. My oldest three (so far) have scored near perfect on their college entrance tests, and the highest section for all three of them has been math. Pros: Math Mammoth uses pictures and diagrams to help kids understand concepts visually. Call me lazy, but I only want to spend about an hour of my time on homeschooling each day, so we all work on math together around the kitchen table. Saxon originally included Geometry in both. Any thoughts there? It’s hard to tell with those early textbooks, and my kids skip half of Saxon (they never complete Side B of the worksheets) but I really like the spiral approach where Saxon teaches a concept and then cycles back around to it over and over, but further in depth each time. The instructor is absolutely life-changing, he is so fantastic. Cons: The cost isn’t high, especially since it includes the online curriculum as well as the class. Math-U-See makes life so much easier and the manipulatives help my kids so much. Cons: Saxon is not at all kinesthetic. Isn’t that true of everything? We didn’t get very far with it, obviously, but I did purchase several levels at once when I determined to switch (I also had a son in Math 2 at that time) and it seemed to lack the depth that Saxon has. Cost: Live, synchronous classes are $197 upfront plus $29/month for 10 months. Word problems, cumulative review, and mental math practice are also included. The explanations are concise and easy to understand. On the flip side, I don’t want to overwhelm myself by taking on too many different things at the same time. Is math suppose to be tough, do you have to work at it everyday and study for 4 to 5 hrs or does it come easy to you? Notes: I’ve never used ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) but I know it’s popular among homeschoolers and used in many publicly funded online schools like K-12. I will warn you in advance that this is practically an ebook, but hopefully the chart is arranged well enough that you can skip around to find what you want. The consumable workbooks are pretty and colorful, but my daughter thought it moved too slowly, so we switched back to Saxon 1, which she had worked on the previous year. Math U See is a very different program and can take a bit of getting used to if it is new to you. Each kit contains enough experiments to cover a full semester (or more), but my kids find them so enjoyable they just plunge in and don’t come up for air until they’ve completed the entire thing. In fact, the College Board would like to see the number of Advanced Placement test-takers grow tenfold. Cons: I haven’t heard any negatives about Harold Jacob’s homeschool math curriculum, except that it’s difficult to find a text to switch to upon finishing them. I haven’t purchased them in years because I just replace the disposable parts and keep using the ones I purchased for my older children. It's worked well for us. Notes: Each level focuses on one topic, with a few subtopics. Each branch of mathematics has assumptions and conclusions. Does it fit within my preferred teaching method? Her oldest is incredibly busy with a short attention span, but he catches on to concepts very quickly and easily. Cost: 24-month ecourse subscription is $129 per course for everything. Thanks so much for any imput. She hated them all. I’d look through previous lessons and work through missed problems with them, and I could see where they had completely missed important concepts, but the computer program couldn’t. Writing is so subjective that my kids argue with me about every little suggestions, and that’s after begging, coaxing, cajoling, nagging and a whole lot of yelling to even get them to write the thing in the first place. Cost: You can buy an online subscription for $15/month or $96/year, or you can bundle your online subscription with the corresponding level of books for $150. See system is structured with step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, and practicing concepts. Cost: You can purchase newer editions as kits, with everything included, for $85-$100 on Rainbow Resources or Christianbooks.com OR you can purchase older editions, used, on Amazon for around $20. The comic book style is deceptive in that it presents serious, rigorous math concepts in simple, fun ways. The AP College Board outlines requirements for each course designated AP, and his course follows it perfectly. I have the expanded editions of both, so they include extra practice problems. TA’s are also available for help, and they are VERY helpful and respond very quickly. Pros: This homeschool math curriculum goes deeper and is more challenging that other curricula on the same level. I might try it again with one of my children who tends to make very advanced connections in her math work all on her own. Singapore takes a concrete > pictorial > abstract approach, which greatly facilitates understanding. It can be frustrating for kids who aren’t kinesthetic or visual, or kids who just want to get the work done. My kids are on the math-y side and appreciate challenging math. Changing PhD/ collab PhD with a different department. I think Nicole does a fabulous job! And I still want to pull my hair out — often. Cons: I’ve heard the MathUSee approach called both gentle and watered down. Synonym Discussion of rigorous. They love learning a new concept and practicing it a little, then spending the rest of the math lesson reviewing and cementing and delving further into previously learned concepts. I love their, Cons: Art of Problem Solving is for people who like to. I’ve seen both boys at work and they really do enjoy their math. Math is black and white, right or wrong and nobody can argue. Because my children have covered the entire math curriculum prior to the ACT, I don’t concern myself with scope and sequence. I’m super lazy , so I’ve figured out a minimalistic approach to all subjects besides math over the years. For other parents who are still worried about Math-U-See not being 'rigorous' enough, there are numerous homeschool students who are in college and used Math-U-See all the way through. The writing itself leads to better retention. Mr. Mosley usually explains multiple ways to complete each problem. I haven’t used it myself, or even looked through it, but it is very well reviewed on different homeschool forums. Interestingly enough you need to be aware that Math U See works on mastery. You wouldn’t know it, though, because my kiddos are very successful and receive compliments from their professors when they start college classes in about 10th grade. The lessons are concise but effective and challenging in a basic way. In a mastery math program, a student develops a thorough comprehension of one topic before moving on. I commented that I hadn’t even thought of the simple way to solve it and the tutor responded that I just needed more experience and familiarity with the concept. Everyone was talking about how Singapore students had these incredible math skills, so I bought 3 levels and we tried it. These are hard to find used because they are consumable, but they can often be found at a discount. Now that you have a good understanding of terms used to describe different math curriculum, you are better equipped to evaluate it. Each book bundle includes all manuals and worksheets to teach that level. This wouldn’t be a deterrent for a student who, Teaching Method: aspects of both spiral and mastery / Conceptual. A few things have been been important to me with teaching Logan math. All 3 of them tended to rush through the lessons and ignore concepts they didn’t fully understand, just because they learned to game the system — they could match the patterns of the software. I start my kindergartners in Math 1 and we work year round (with large holiday breaks and breaks for travel and lots of field trips) and skip the tests (I know Art Reed frowns on that, but I don’t need anyone’s approval) on Fridays. The Math. Lessons must be taught every day from the Instructor’s Guide or the kids miss out on the most fundamental benefits of the curriculum. I watched an eight minute video on the site & liked what they said. That’s a whole lot of homeschool math curricula right there, each with plenty of positive aspects. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find used curriculum and sales and deals! It’s very simple to use and doesn’t require any extras. Is this right? Others may say it isn’t rigorous enough. 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