Figuring out which math curriculum to use has probably given me the most problems over the course of our homeschooling journey. Personally, I was never very good at it when I was in school, so teaching my children math promised to be a daunting task.
After many years of worrying about math, I’ve finally found what works for each of my children. This ultimately will end up what you will need to figure out, unfortunately through trial and error. But that is the whole point of homeschooling – catering to the exact needs of your child, as opposed to being at the mercy of the public school’s singular method of teaching. Using this trial and error approach, we have used several programs over the years. In this article, I’ll go through what we’ve used and give a pros and cons list of each.
Math U See was the first math program I used with my children. I LOVED it. Unfortunately, “my” kids didn’t. We used the Alpha through Delta programs.
We used Math Mammoth for a few years – using the 3-6th grade full curriculum materials.
Teaching Textbooks is the program we are currently using, and it’s most likely the one we’re going to stick with.
Unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all math program. You will have to evaluate which program you feel will best fit your child’s learning style, and then try it out. You may end up switching every so often, or your child may fall in love with on particular program and use it throughout their schooling.
Remember, if it wasn’t a consumable workbook, you may want save your previously purchased math programs if you have other children. One may work perfectly well for one child, but not so well for another, as was the case for mine.
Please feel free to ask any additional questions and I’ll see if I can point you in the right direction. If you have experience with some of the other popular math programs, or if you know of an unusual one, please share in the comments (which are chock full of great recommendations for other math programs)!
Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 18 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.