Keeping it simple with homeschool math curriculum.
Keeping it simple with homeschool math curriculum felt like peeling back an onion. There are so many layers on HOW one can approach teaching math. So many options available at so many price points. The thing about it is that you just need to start with something.
Once you choose a curriculum, you will get a feel for what you like and don’t like. Or better yet, what is and isn’t working for your children. And the thing about this is that if you have multiple children, they may very well learn different from one another. This can make math become quite expensive depending on your children’s needs.
Keeping it simple with homeschool math curriculum is about stripping down math to its basic purpose. We will cover:
- What math we are using for our homeschool curriculum
- Why this curriculum works
- What it covers
- How affordable it is
- Who should use it & How to use it
- And where you can purchase it
Before I get into the specifics of our curriculum of choice, I want to share with you that we have used many different programs. The Good and The Beautiful, Math Lessons For a Living Education, Saxon and Math You See. There was nothing particularly wrong with these options, but I just felt like there was always so much going on. We have a very busy house with creative children who love to do everything but sit still, as I am sure all children do.
I wanted something that was very minimal in terms of the amount of space that was required to “house” our math curriculum. Something that was applicable in every day life. Something that just made sense.
WHAT MATH ARE WE USING…
Strayer-Upton Practical Arithmetics. Keeping it simple with homeschool math curriculum has never been more simple with this curriculum series. It begins with grade three and goes through grade eight. There are three books in total, each bound in a beautiful cloth cover. Originally published in 1934, the explanations are kept simple allowing your child to take it one step at a time.
WHY THIS CURRICULUM WORKS…
Pay close attention because this paragraph may be the most important. These books are written for children so that THEY can understand it. The problems and how to solve them are given in such ways that they relate to real life. An example I can give you is something such as how much money it costs to purchase a toy. The book provides illustrations of a toy store with prices listed and asks the student to compute how much money they will have left over.
When a new topic is introduced, the book explains why it is important and how it will be used in life. Every step of the way there is great detail being provided to your child.
Exercises are constructed in such a way that mastery is achieved. Before moving onto another topic, there are instructions provided as to how quickly your child should be able to provide an answer in a set amount of time given.
Children are encouraged to check their work throughout the book and are taught to do so from the very beginning. I was quite please with this as it is applicable in all areas of life.
There are a series of more than 80 improvement tests provided to your child through out the book in order to keep already learned skills alive and well.
Problems are presented in many different way encouraging your child to improve on their ability to select the operation that needs to be performed and learning to, quite literally, problem solve.
A child with varying abilities in math will be able to use this book with great success. If you feel as though your child has a superior ability, the more difficult exercises are marked with *.
WHAT THE CURRICULUM COVERS…
Beginning at grade three, each 500 page book provides two years of instruction. Book 1 covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and introduces geometry, fractions, and measurement. Book 2 reviews previously learned principals and covers fractions, decimals and basic operations. Forms of measurement, consumer and personal finances, percentages and graphs are covered as well. Book 3 covers banking interest, geometry, installment buying, stocks, bonds, investments, ratio, proportion, square roots, writing and solving equations.
Also, the answers are provided in the back of the book 🙂
HOW AFFORDABLE IS IT…
We purchased each book for only $13.95 at Rainbow Resource. Let me say that again. $13.95 for TWO YEARS of math. How is this possible?! Honestly, I am not sure how more parents don’t know about this book. Maybe because it isn’t main stream. I would suggest using house hold items as manipulatives in order to further grasp any particular concept.
WHO SHOULD USE IT & HOW TO USE IT…
Keeping it simple with homeschool math curriculum. If you clicked on this title when you were searching in Google, then you should use this curriculum. It is as simple as it gets.
We use a gridded math notebook with a 1/2 inch grid size along with the Strayer-Upton math book. I chose to go this route because it enforces place value. I have found that by using a gridded math notebook, it has removed any and all frustration when learning to write out math problems and teaching children the rules of place value. Something non math related, I found that using a “chip clip” makes it easy to keep the pages open since the book is more compact and comes bound in a hard cover.
WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE YOUR OWN…
I have found a few available on Amazon, but for the first time in a long time, the price listed was not the best. Rainbow Resource is tried and true. There are other products that I have purchase from this website to use in our curriculum, and every purchase has been delivered on time and in impeccable condition.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE WITH HOMESCHOOL MATH CURRICULUM…
A homeschool math topic has never been more accurate than this. If you are wanting a math curriculum that will provide your children with a skill set that will be used in every day life, something that takes up no space on the shelf, encourages your children to want to learn the next topic and is VERY budget friendly, then this is the one for you.
What curriculum are you using at home? Share them with us in the comments below! If you have any questions regarding the Strayer-Upton Practical Arithmetics series, feel free to ask 🙂
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