Math is very important for productive members of society.
I think many homeschool parents are intimidated by teaching math, especially as kids get older and do more complicated work.
Here’s how we do math in our homeschool – from preschool to high school.
Primary curriculum is Singapore workbooks, Life of Fred, and VideoText.
We do lots of supplemental work with games, manipulatives, and apps.
We love notebooking along with workbooks and drill to ensure our kids know their math facts and concepts well to move on to higher level math coursework.
We love keeping math journals. We do special math projects around seasons. We do fun math activities during the holidays like Valentine’s and Easter. I like to incorporate cross-curricular activities for further review. And we love playing with food. The kids like Montessori math games.
We focus on counting: cardinal and ordinal. We play and make math fun.
There is little writing. We draw, play with shapes, identify, play matching, games, sing songs, play apps.
Alex begged for a math workbook like his sisters. Luckily, I found Singapore K was just right for him!
He would beg to do so many pages each day that he completed both workbooks in just a few months!
I follow the natural transitions of my kids’ learning.
We’ve loved Singapore Primary Math since the beginning of our homeschool journey.
My children have been ready for the Book 1 Set by the time they were 5 years old.
A complete set of Singapore Primary Math for one grade level consists of two softcover textbooks and two consumable workbooks. There are also teacher manuals and homeschool schedule booklets.
We love notebooking with Life of Fred math.
I read the books aloud and the girls complete the Your Turn at the end of each chapter together with printable themed notebooking pages.
The elementary set of Life of Fred math are 10 books with titles beginning with the alphabet A through J.
Life of Fred is fun reading: it’s a narrative following the character Fred through adventures that entertain as we learn math concepts.
So, the math concepts in Life of Fred are interspersed with fun stories, life skills, cross-curricular information. We all love it!
We reinforce math concepts with fun store bought, printable, or homemade manipulatives.
Place value, money, and fractions are easier to grasp with visuals.
Singapore Math changes after Book 6, and I didn’t like the look of Books 7 and 8. I don’t like their two options for high school either.
These Life of Fred Intermediate books are a great new addition to our math shelf. They weren’t around when Liz was at this level.
I find it funny their titles continue the alphabet with KLM.
These offer a great transition to pre-Algebra and higher math.
I love the Intermediate and “Before High School” sets of Life of Fred.
Liz completed Fractions, Decimals and Percents, Pre-Algebra I with Biology, and Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics in two years.
Middle school is a rough time and we have to make sure all the basics are memorized and all the concepts are learned well. This is super important before moving on to high school math.
We love continuing Life of Fred math for high school. I have just purchased the last of the series for Liz as a supplement to her other math work: Beginning and Advanced Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry. I also purchased Calculus, which is listed as college-level, but it tells the story of Fred’s baby years and we wanna know! There are also books on Linear Algebra and Statistics.
We use VideoText Algebra and Geometry for college prep high school.
The Algebra program gives these credits: pre-algebra, algebra I, and algebra II.
The Geometry program gives these credits: geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus.
It was always highly recommended by homeschoolers I knew for high school math. The videos are a little dry, but the lessons cover all the material needed. Both Videotext algebra and geometry can be completed in two years.
Liz went through VideoText Algebra in a little over a year. She and her dad worked through one lesson each school day.
We’re lucky that I’m a history/language arts/biology person and my husband is a math/chemistry guru.
Liz completes her video lesson and notes during the day and then she works through the text with Dad before dinner each evening. There are also quizzes and tests.
We teach to mastery, and review as needed.
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- Ideas, Activities and FREE Notebook Pages
- Life of Fred Worksheets
- Is Life of Fred enough?
- Life of Fred; Apples, Chapter 5
- Life of Fred; Apples, Chapter 1 Math Lesson
- Free Printables for Life of Fred