Choosing which math curriculum to use in homeschool is a question for many parents. Like selecting other curriculum products, it can be a big decision — and one that frequently comes with a hefty price tag, too.
But for a variety of reasons, teaching math in homeschool seems to come with an extra set of worries for many families. Among them, the idea that some children are “not good” in math, that some kids are not mathematical or “do not need” math anyway, that some parents aren’t “good with math”, and that many adults report never needing most of what they learned in math anyhow. Do not doubt the influence of these factors when making purchasing decisions, because – consciously or not – every one of these concerns and stereotypes ultimately plays a role in the choice of which math system to adopt for the homeschool.
Even after making the decision, many parents still question if they’ve made the right choice. There isn’t a parent among us who hasn’t wondered if a change is needed somewhere down the road. This is okay — and happens all the time. Changing math systems is a common practice among homeschoolers, in large part because parents have now learned what their students can actually do, and sometimes because they realize their initial instincts were just incorrect, requiring a different format or a different level of preparation altogether.
But there is great news about finding a math curriculum for today’s homeschoolers. Today’s families have so many different options to choose from, there is truly something for everyone. No matter the kind of learner, the curriculum format desired, the math application sought in the future, or the dollars in the budget, modern families will find a math curriculum to match. Better yet, if the first one turns out not to be the best fit, there are dozens more to try the next year!
The marketplace is full of math textbooks, workbooks, worktexts, software, audio and visual math systems, online classes, subscription services and more. We’ve compiled a list here of some of the most popular and the most effective math systems, including those most recommended by parents. But, remember, just because something isn’t on this list doesn’t means it’s not worth a look. As with everything homeschool, what works for one family may not work for another…lesser known products and hidden gems found in smaller bookstores or curriculum sales might be just what a family may be looking for.
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