Math can be a thorn in the side of a non-math minded homeschool mom. Thankfully we have so many options from which to choose, that it is no longer a huge issue for those of us who aren’t mathematically inclined. There is ample curriculum available to cover every child’s needs!
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The Homeschool Buyers Co-op has an award-winning selection of math products, including core curriculum, supplemental, practice programs, struggling learner programs, and games. We are delighted to be bringing you information on our favorites!
Homeschool Core Math Curriculum
What core math curriculum can you find at Homeschool Buyers Co-op?
ShillerMath was first developed in 2002 by Larry Shiller who worked with child behavioral education and Montessori experts at Princeton Center for Teacher Education, a nationally renowned Montessori teachers training institute. Plus, in 2015, ShillerMath released their new Language Arts curriculum for beginning readers which uses the same proven methodology found in ShillerMath math curriculum.
The ShillerMath curriculum includes research-designed lessons in student workbooks, diagnostic tests with answer keys, music, flashcards. and Montessori-based manipulatives. Plus, the kits include FREE digital content and downloads of the lessons!
ShillerMath Kit I (PreK-3)
The kit educators are raving about! It has everything you need from PreK through 3rd grade.
- 12 Diagnostic Tests
- Parent Guide
- Lesson Books 1, 2, and 3
- PDF (eBook) Answer Guides 1, 2, and 3
- Songs Vol. I. audio CD with 25 math songs
- All manipulatives (22in x 34in Work Mat, Wooden Tray, 100 unit cubes, 27 ten rods, 27 hundred flats, 17 1000 cubes (1 plastic, 16 oak tag), Foam Ball, Balance, Mirror, Ruler, Crayons, 2 Dice, 108 Color-Coded Number Cards in partitioned wood tray (3 each of 1-9,10-90,100-900,1000-9000), 108 Number Tiles (27 each of 1, 10, 100, 1000), 14 Operator Cards, Dominoes, Probability Bag with Tie, Geared Clock, 1 1-cup Measuring Cup, 1 2-cup Measuring Cup, 64 Painted Wooden Geometric Shapes (Diamond, Circle, Heart, Square, Rectangle, Trapezoid, Parallelogram in assorted colors), plastic coins, and pencil)
Includes FREE digital content and consumable downloads.
Life of Fred is another excellent Math core curriculum!
Life of Fred is a series of math books designed to give students a break from the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters situations that call for solving math problems. Given Fred’s hilarious adventures are written to draw learners in to read the character’s next steps, children will soon be asking to read their MATH books!
Mr. T and Mr. F both love Fred and Kingie’s stories.
The stories continue through the exercises, leading the student through their math lessons, all while reading Fred’s travels. Many of the books have a series of quizzes called ‘Bridges’, every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions.
CTCMath specializes in providing online video tutorials which take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks, the lessons are short and concise to help your student break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!
The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a “test”.
Each one of the video tutorials are taught by internationally recognized teacher, Pat Murray, who is known for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). Even students who struggled with math can get great results.
Some key benefits of CTCMath:
- 1,400+ animated and narrated math lessons are short and easily digested (only a few minutes each). Students can replay each lesson as many times as needed until they “get” it.
- 57,000 interactive questions to ensure students get ample instruction and practice
- Diagnostic tests to make sure your student is on track
- Instant feedback to students and regular reporting to parents
- Algebra, statistics, geometry, trigonometry, probability plus more
- Detailed progress reports for parents.
Homeschool Math Curriculum for Struggling Learners
This product caught our attention both because it was designed specifically for ELL, struggling, and students with special needs AND because it has won some of the most prestigious awards for educational technology. Students can simultaneously see, hear and manipulate the math content. The program provides sheltered instruction and interactive support and feedback loops which encourage math content knowledge and math skill development.
Evidence-based: experimental research by the University of Colorado involving more than 1,000 students nationally showed significant increases in ELL student achievement.
Proven Effective, showing gains of more than 70%: for 6th and 7th grade ELL students on standards-aligned tests (NCTM) in independent research funded by the Colorado Department of Education.
Targets vocabulary development and academic English.
Builds background knowledge and prerequisite mathematics skills.
Student-centered: enables students to engage with material at their own pace. On the computer, students can move faster or slower through a lesson depending on their ability.
Highly interactive, colorful and musical: triggers multiple modalities, incorporating voice, music, visuals, text, and interactivity.
Delivers “Sheltered Instruction” techniques using technology: a proven, research-based educational approach for teaching academic content to ELLs and struggling students, using visuals, repetition, and recycling prior knowledge to make content instruction comprehensible to the student.
Aligns directly to math standards, NCTM, most state standards and assessment frameworks for mathematics (grades 3-8).
Teaches problem-solving and test-taking skills: how to read, comprehend and answer look-alike questions from state standardized math tests.
Provides interactive feedback: constructive suggestions for improvement.
See the Math and Grow!
ST Math® is a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to deeply engage, motivate, and challenge Pre-K-8 students toward higher achievement. Learn more at stmath.com.
ST Math Homeschool brings the creativity, rigor and fun of ST Math to homeschool. Students easily get wrapped up in key learning moments when they are deeply engaged and challenged at just the right level. The power of ST Math:
Deep Conceptual Understanding: ST Math starts by teaching the foundational concepts visually, then connects the ideas to the symbols and language. With visual learning, students are better equipped to tackle unfamiliar math problems, recognize patterns, and build conceptual understanding. Without language barriers, the problem is accessible to all students, regardless of skill level or language background.
Impact at Scale: Across the country, ST Math schools are living proof that an effective digital learning program can make a real impact. ST Math benefits every level of student: struggling students grow to become proficient, while proficient students become advanced. ST Math leads the industry in providing educators results with authenticity, transparency and clarity.
Personalized Learning: Over 200 visual games create a unique pathway of interconnected content challenges to provide differentiated instruction for individual students, regardless of skill level.
Student Engagement: The very experience of solving tantalizingly tricky puzzles is intrinsically motivating. In doing so, students develop a conditioned response that drives them to take on the next challenge with energy and enthusiasm.
Creative and Rigorous Problem Solving: ST Math’s standards-aligned learning program moves students away from mere digitized math drills and puts them in the mindset to think creatively. Challenging games help kids explore non-routine problems and build number sense instead of memorizing disconnected facts.
Have you checked out Homeschool Buyers Co-op yet? They carry many more subjects than just Math and the savings are wonderful! Which program is your favorite?