Math and Science

Homeschool Curriculum-Remedial Math for Homeschoolers

Aug 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Curriculum Reviews, Featured Articles, General Homeschool Posts, Math and Science

Are your kids are struggling with math and although they seem to get it now and then, you are back to the same old struggles year after year?  Or perhaps you have a child who just keeps falling further and further behind?

You’ve tried all the typical homeschool math courses–Saxon, Singapore, ACE, Horizons . . . but the struggle continues.  Perhaps you are a homeschooler seeking a better option for math or maybe you have a student who is attending school but needs a remedial math course that will help him or her finally master the concepts.

Homeschool Science Curriculum

Oct 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Math and Science

Got a question recently about what homeschool science courses I would recommend for elementary school.

I have a few favorites that depend on what you are looking for!

If you are looking for a focused study of just one topic:

Homeschool Curriculum-What Homeschool Math Program is Right for You?

Aug 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Curriculum Reviews, Math and Science

Math is one of those subjects that seems to get a lot of attention. In my experience, parents are concerned for one of three reasons:

  • Math is a struggle for my child. I just don’t know how to find the right homeschool math curriculum that will help him or her understand.
  • My child is very strong in Math–how quickly to I move him or her to an advanced homeschool math program?

Homeschool Recommendations for Consumer Math

Jul 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured Articles, General Homeschool Posts, Math and Science

A reader asked if I had any recommendations for a good consumer math program for homeschoolers. 

There are a number of good Consumer Math programs out there.  Let me just outline my favorites and give you a brief overview of each.  Hopefully that will give you a good starting point.

Homeschool Math-Don’t Miss Consumer Math

Mar 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Curriculum, Lead Article, Math and Science

Do you remember bank books?  How exciting it was to head to the bank with your deposit and get a stamp in your book that not only tracked your deposit but also the interest you had earned?

Do you remember life before the check card?  When you kept a careful tab of your spending in your checkbook as well as a running balance?

Starting Homeschooling-Step Six-Explore your Child’s Interests

Jul 17th, 2008 | By | Category: General Homeschool Posts, Lead Article, Math and Science, New to Homeschooling

One of the greatest freedoms in homeschooling is the freedom to explore your child’s interests.

  • If your curriculum provides an introduction to medieval history and your child is enthralled, take the time to pursue it further.
  • If you know your child has a passion for the study of electricity, give him the tools to dig deeper.

Saxon vs. Singapore Math

Mar 12th, 2008 | By | Category: Curriculum Reviews, Math and Science

Someone asked me today what the difference was between Saxon Math and Singapore Math.

The difference is fairly simple.  Saxon’s instruction is cyclical.  It provides instruction, gives clear examples, then gives plenty of practice.  It will then cycle back to review the concepts again later in the course (often with practice).  Saxon does include some critical thinking skills, but its primary goal is to help students learn the skills involved in math. Therefore, you will find a lot of repetition in Saxon Math.

I usually recommend Singapore for students who have strong math skills. Singapore approaches math with the goal of developing mental math skills.  It begins by teaching a concept, providing some practice, then taking the concept further with mental math activities.  With Singapore, you will see a lot of  word problems as well as graphs for analysis, etc.