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Homeschool Math Curriculum- The TOP Choices
Are you looking for a homeschool math curriculum for your next school year?
Welcome to my Homeschool Curriculum Favorites series. In these posts, I am sharing the results of polling hundreds of homeschool moms and asking their favorite homeschool curriculum resources. Today I am focusing on favorite homeschool math curriculum. There are SO many options, but that’s a great thing, right!? Read on to see the top choices from the poll, and MY top choices.
Math is always a tough subject for me. I spent so much time researching math curriculum and feel like I know ALL about each one. I have tried a new one each year of homeschooling so far!
The great thing is that I am sticking with the same ones next year. I think we are finally happy with our choices. (We have been using Teaching Textbooks for three of my kids and The Good and the Beautiful for my youngest).
This coming school year I will have one in algebra, one in pre-algebra, one in 4th grade and one in 1st grade.
Top 5 Homeschool Math Curriculum Choices:
I surveyed a lot of homeschool moms asking their favorites, and the following are the top 5 choices for Homeschool Math Curriculum.
1. Singapore Math– This is a very popular choice for homeschoolers. I have used the K level & am buying 1st grade for next year. It is a very colorful picture approach to math and works well for my daughter. They have all levels (K-12).
2. Math U See– This one is a favorite of so many people. It is highly recommended by many moms. I have no experience with it, but I do know that it is all video based. They have varying levels from K through High School.
3. Saxon Math– We tried this one with my son one year and it was not a good fit. I do know that many people use this curriculum with a lot of success. It is probably one of the more well known maths. They have K-high school levels.
The Saxon math lessons are used in many schools. If you want to stay closely aligned with your public school, this is often a good bet.
4. Life of Fred– We have several of these delightful books. They are story books that teach math. We have been using the elementary level books, but they also have higher level math books.
I wouldn’t likely use these as a full curriculum, but lots of people do extend it into a full curriculum. We use them as a fun supplement!
5. Teaching Textbooks – We used this program in 3rd and 5th grade with great success! It has DVD lessons as well as in text format. It is a great way to teach math for those parents who struggle with it or need kids to work independently, because the lessons and grading are all done for you.
I you need help making your homeschool math curriculum choice, check out my e-book: The Quick Guide to Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum. You can find it in my shop!
Also check out my podcast: Called to Homeschool for even more homeschool tips & support!
We have tried a LOT of math programs. There are 4 that stand out as my personal favorites. After trying SO many different ones, these caused the least amount of grief with my kids!
1. CTC Math is one of our favorite math programs. It is all online with video lessons and practice drills, you get weekly reports emailed to you and can set a passing level that your kids must meet in order to move on to the next lesson. We used it for a few years. See my Review here.
2. Christian Light Publications Math– We used this program for several years with great success. I was really impressed with the content and quality of the materials.
It is all in workbook format, but is simple to use. I do not love using it for the older grades because there is not a lot of explanation for difficult concepts and I struggle with upper level math!
3. Teaching Textbooks – I have used this for a lot of years. It is what we are currently using, too. It is a great one that is fun for kids.
It’s all online and starts at grade 3 and goes through High School math. See my Review Here.
4. The Good and the Beautiful Math– We use a lot of the curriculum from this website. We have so far only use the math for grade K as they are still creating it for the older grades. But, we loved it! IT’s very hands-on and interactive for your little learners.
More Homeschool Math Curriculum for You to Consider:
Touch Math (My Review) I am VERY impressed with this curriculum. I would probably keep using it were it not for the cost… It is great for early elementary & also for special Ed. I highly recommend it!
Miquon Math– This curriculum is a more hands-on approach to learning math, using cuisenaire rods. It is just for grades 1-3.
Aleks math is an online math program that tracks what kids know and teaches to their needs. It uses assessments and responses and tailors learning to that. It is for grades K-12.
Math Mammoth– This curriculum is all PDF downloads. We have used this & I like it a lot. It is very reasonably priced & there are often discounts available.
I use it as a supplement/variety to the other math we are doing. Lots of people use and love this curriculum!
Math Essentials– This program is for grads 4 and up. Its focus is to improve essential math skills with 20 min/day practice and instruction.
Loving Living Math – This is a short e-book to teach about the concept of “living math” which is just math in the real world all around you. Many people use living math instead of a standard curriculum. It is a wonderful hands-on approach to math!
Right Start Math- this programs emphasizes hands-on learning with lots of manipulatives and minimal worksheets.
A Plus Math is a great website with practice games, printable worksheets, a flashcard creator and more. I am not sure this would work for a full curriculum, but would be great for additional practice.
Khan Academy– This is an amazing FREE website that has videos to teach different Math (& other subjects) concepts. there are also practice lessons to help learn. I know lots of people use and love this site. Be sure to check it out!
Math on the Level– This curriculum is designed to teach math to your whole family at once. It teaches math concepts that you can cater to different levels.
IXL Math– This site lists all of the concepts to learn in each grade level based on standards, then has practice problems for each concept. There is a membership fee, but some of it can be accessed for free.
Pearson Homeschool Math– (My review) This program has all grade levels. It comes with a text book and a CD-ROM with games. It is meant to reach varying types of learners. I was quite impressed with this one!
What is your favorite math curriculum? Check out the other posts in this series: