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4 Math Curricula Homeschoolers Love

It is always surprising to me how many people claim they are bad at math or hate math when it is a necessary part of daily life. People don’t seem to realize they use it all the time to figure out the tax or exchange on a purchase, to figure out the best deal at the grocery store, to figure out how much yarn to purchase for a pattern, and so much more! Math can be quite the four letter word, but your child can come to enjoy the subject with the right curriculum.

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4 Math Curricula Homeschoolers Love

If you’re looking for a comprehensive homeschool math curriculum catered to your child’s learning style, you’ll love these 4 math curricula homeschoolers love, for beginners through college, and from the mastery method to story-based. Check them out!

Math Mammoth Mastery Based Math Program

Grades 1-7

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Math Mammoth is a comprehensive math program that is ideal for homeschool families with multiple children. It’s the most pedagogically sound math program we’ve ever used in our homeschool. It includes placement assessments and lessons that cater to your child’s learning preferences. Choose between computer-based work or printable chapters and worksheets.

Check it out.

Life of Fred Math Books

Kindergarten/Primary to College

Life of Fred Elementary Math Series

If the drill and kill approach is not helping your child fully grasp math concepts, try a new method. If your kids prefer reading books to completing math worksheets, check out Life of Fred math books. These supplement books weave math lessons into funny, fictional stories kids enjoy reading.
These books contain more than silly stories – every chapter includes a “Your Turn to Play” section where kids apply the real world math concepts Fred (the main character) has learned. One of the most-sought after curricula.

Check it out.

Horizons Math Curriculum

Kindergarten/Primary to Grade 8

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Filled with over 100 attention-grabbing lessons, these easy-to-use Alpha Omega curriculum sets include colourfully illustrated student books covering math concepts. Each set comes with a helpful teacher’s guide with daily lesson plans, answer keys, and worksheets. Your child will learn elementary math concepts in a teacher-guided, interactive format.

Learn more about K – 4 curricula
Learn more about Grade 5 – 8 curricula

 

Downloadable Math Riddle Worksheets

Grades 3 to 6

Math Riddles by Math Galaxy

Add some light-hearted fun to math time! Enjoy these affordable, silly, convenient printables with your child. Review math concepts while giggling over the math riddles included in Math Galaxy’s worksheets. Choose from more than 300 pages of printable down loads that add a little fun to lessons.
Topics include time, money, multiplication, division, and more.

Check it out.

What math curriculum do you love from the above list? Or what math curriculum do you recommend? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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What is Math Mammoth?

Is math a struggle for your child? Or perhaps yours is like mine and it’s not so much a struggle as the one subject they just do not want to do. Math Mammoth may just be able to help!

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What is Math Mammoth?

Math Mammoth is a collection of digital lessons and worksheets focused on developing different math skills for children of all ages. You can find lessons that range from basic addition and subtraction to more advanced subjects like statistics and linear equations.

My kid finds the no-nonsense, straightforwardness of this book more to his liking.” – Tammy L. via Educents

One of the coolest and most innovate aspects of Math Mammoth is all the ways you can interact with it. Since it is a digital package, you can complete pages on a computer or print out and work with the sheets, but that’s not all! You can also use Math Mammoth on an iPad with annotation software. This is a great way to get your children learning on the go!

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Three Ways to Interact:

  1. On the computer
  2. On a tablet
  3. Hands-on: choose the pages you print

I wish this was possible several years ago when we first tried out Math Mammoth! My children prefer doing math on a computer or tablet instead of with pencil and paper. Check out my original Math Mammoth review here.

You can purchase subjects individually, which are sometimes spread out over three lessons. For example, Early Geometry is great for grades 1-3, Geometry 1 is for grades 4-5, and Geometry 2 is for 6-7.

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Two ways to save

Math Mammoth Blue

If you are interested in a series of workbooks focusing on different subjects, Math Mammoth Blue is the way to go. Math Mammoth Blue features all the content you need for students in Grades 1-7, broken down into their own categories such as fractions, money, and geometry. These are great for filling in trouble areas on a case-by-case basis.

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Math Mammoth Light Blue

what is math mammoth

If you want more of a complete curriculum, look no further than Math Mammoth Light Blue. This product is designed to teach over the course of a year and features all of the content in Blue, plus cumulative reviews and tests. It also features a bonus Soft-Pak math software.

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Easy access for all ages

No matter their age or skill level, any child will get a great learning experience with Math Mammoth. The comprehensive nature of the program, the simplicity of use, and the way it delivers information make Math Mammoth the perfect companion piece for young learners. Check it out and your child’s troubles with math will be extinct before you know it!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

P.S. Isn’t that mammoth toy in the picture just adorable? I know you’re thinking it!

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Math Mammoth Review

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Math Mammoth Review

 

Math Mammoth is a terrific, well-thought out, pedagogically sound math curriculum. I received the Blue Series Fractions 1&2, Decimals 1&2, and Geometry 1 e-books to peruse and test with my 9 year old son. The Blue Series consists of explanations of concepts, by topic, complete with problems for Grades 1-5. Also available are The Green Series which are pure and simply worksheets organized by topic, The Light Blue Series which are complete curricula, and The Golden Series which are worksheets organized by Grade, for Grades 3-8.

I love the idea of studying math by topic – and following it through as thoroughly as you think your child capable, regardless of grade level. I liked the preface to each e-book, which consisted of tips for teaching and some wonderful links. The explanations for each concept introduced are terrific, with just the right amount of problems following to ensure the student understands.

These e-books could also be used to go over a concept that your child isn’t quite “getting” in any curriculum you are using, and then getting back to it after they understand. The Blue Series books download for between $2 and $5 US on the Math Mammoth website. They are also available at Currclick. Or if you prefer the softcover edition, these can be purchased at Lulu.com

In addition, I highly recommend signing up for the Math Mammoth newsletter on the website as it is incredibly informative and useful, and includes some free math worksheets. You can also sign up to receive her math “e-course” with several math-teaching articles.

This is my favourite article, Is Your Math Curriculum Coherent? It compares the math curriculum of North America vs. high-achieving countries in math – absolutely fascinating, and of course points out how thorough and focused the Math Mammoth program is.

Unfortunately, although I think this is a great program, my son seems to have a written-math phobia, and after taking a brief delving into Math Mammoth, we are back into Teaching Textbooks on the computer once again. I do however look forward to bringing my daughter into this program when she’s old enough 🙂

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly