I am continuing with my What We’ve Used and Loved Curriculum Series with Math today. This is the fourth post in this series, but if you would like to take a look at what you have missed I will post links to my other articles at the bottom of this post.
We began our homeschool journey using Horizons Math, but after it not working well with my two oldest kids, I decided to switch it up. I chose Teaching Textbooks for my oldest. She started with Pre-Algebra and it has worked wonders for her. She is not a big fan of Math and has found Teaching Textbooks to be so much more helpful in her understanding what she is learning. If she gets a question wrong, the program explains how to do it correctly. It is like having her sit next to the teacher while her work is being corrected. It is easier on me also since I do not have to teach it and it is self-grading.
That same year I had my youngest daughter entering Kindergarten and I decided to go with Mathematical Reasoning for her. She and I both absolutely loved this book. She cried the day she finished it and asked if I could buy her another one. The worksheets were fun and engaging. I would definitely recommend this curriculum for Preschool and Kindergarten. Once you hit first grade I believe it needs some supplemental work in addition to the daily lessons.
I also began my son with A Beka Arithmetic at this same time. I really did enjoy all the supplemental cards, charts and games that go with it. It makes it easier to teach some of the concepts when they can actually see them. I know these extras can be expensive, but I found most of them helpful in the younger grades and you can always try to buy them used to save some money.
I have been using A beka for math for early elementary and will be making the switch with my son to Teaching Textbooks next year. He will be in fifth grade and I feel that he has a really good grasp on math so I feel confident he will do well on his own. He is also very excited to start this program because he enjoys learning on the computer and has seen his older sister using the program and he loves the little characters that cheer you on.
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So far I have discussed what we have used and loved for Preschool, Kindergarten and History. If you missed them don’t forget to check them out before you leave. Come back next week when I will be sharing with you what Bible curriculum we have loved.
I would love to hear from you what has worked well for your family. Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.
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