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Over at Home & School Mosaics, we’ve added several new monthly link-ups. On the 4th Wednesday of each month, we’ll be focusing on various homeschool subjects and sharing about our curriculum choices in that subject. Today’s theme is MATH.
What We Have Used
I thought it would be fun to share some of the various curriculum and resources that we’ve used for math in the past before talking about what we’re using this year. Here at our house, I have 3 very different children; so what works for one often doesn’t work for another. So, we’ve been through a plethora of different resources. And, each year, we reevaluate and determine if what we’re currently using will work again for another year or if we need to go in search of something new.
We started out our homeschooling journey using Abeka curriculum. While I find their books very eye-appealing, they are definitely more geared toward a classroom setting. As Ashley got older, she really tired of all the busy-work.
We used Saxon math for awhile after Ashley’s short stint in public school. (She went off to school loving math and came back home absolutely hating it.) Saxon seemed to be every homeschooler’s favorite, so we gave it a try. Unfortunately, for us, we found it to be just as much (if not more) busy-work that Abeka, but in a much less eye-appealing format. Ashley’s very visual and it just wasn’t a good fit (though we did use it for 2 years).
We did some supplementing with Math Mammoth resources. (I know many families who use this as their primary math curriculum.) I like that there are focuses on certain areas if there’s one you find you need to spend more time on. They’re simple and no-nonsense, and don’t require so much time spent on math each day.
In high school, we tried VideoText, but Ashley (being the visual person that she is) couldn’t stand seeing the teachers in the same (out-of-fashion) clothes each day! I know that seems silly; but it just didn’t work for her.
We switched her back to Abeka in the later high school years. She enjoyed both their Consumer and Business Math courses.
Gracie used Abeka math up through 6th grade. She has always excelled at math and didn’t mind the busy-work of it.
Once she hit the high school grades, we switched her over to Thinkwell Math. I knew she was going to bypass my scope of being able to teach her; so I appreciated this online approach with the instructor videos, etc.
For Ian’s early elementary years, we’ve taken a much more relaxed approach to homeschooling. We have used math resources from Critical Thinking Company, as well as some mental math programs.
We started out this year trying the paces from Accelerated Christian Education (ACE); but, despite having him take their placement tests, he found the 3rd grade paces to be way too easy and he zipped right through them (not appreciating the busy-work involved).
What We Are Using
When we started talking about using the paces for Ian this year, Gracie caught wind of it and thought it might be something she’d like to try this year. So, I made her check it out at convention in the spring, and she thought she might enjoy this system. Her patience with Thinkwell was wearing thin, as she’d often have the assignments completed before the video had run through. So, she’s been doing the Geometry course from Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) this year and will actually be able to finish the course early.
Ian, on the other hand, tired of the ACE approach early on this year, after zipping through the first several paces. I had purchased a few extra math workbooks at convention in the spring for some of the areas that I knew he was struggling in. So, I pulled out Kumon’s Focus on … Multiplication book. I make him do a page or two in this book each day. It’s a very no-nonsense (nothing fancy about it) workbook, but it’s been helping him learn him math facts and get them done quicker.
I also headed to Barnes & Noble to check out their education section. I ended up purchasing a 4th Grade Math Skills book from FlashKids. This book provides a bit more of a challenge for him because, despite the fact that he complains about math, he seems to excel at it. We plan to spend the rest of the school year working through this book.
What We Plan to Use
I have no clue what might work for Ian in the future. We’ll have to reassess and find something new for him for next year. (If you have any suggestions for a kid that hates the workbook approach, please do leave me a comment!)
Gracie only has 2 more years of high school left (how did that happen?!) While she has always really excelled at math and would have no problem moving on to higher level math courses, she’s leaning toward doing Consumer Math for 11th grade (we’ll use Abeka’s course again as I feel it’s a great one) and then taking an Accounting course her senior year (we have the course from Professor in a Box, so will probably use that one). I think these are good choices, as Accounting in a possible career choice for her.
What are YOU using for math?
I’d love to hear about your choices.
Don’t forget to link-up your math-related posts at Home & School Mosaics.