Homeschool math curriculum guide
This section of HomeschoolMath.net lists resources to help you choose a math curriculum for homeschooling. We have a large number of reviews of all popular homeschool math curricula on the market today (see below) that parents and teachers have submitted to this site over the years (and you can submit one, as well). But first, I list articles on curriculum issues, and a few miscellaneous curriculum resources. The list of reviews is further down on this page.
Articles on curriculum issues
How to choose a homeschool math curriculum?
Is your math curriculum coherent and logical?
Scope and sequence chart suggestion
Curricula resources
My recommendations for pre-algebra curriculum for homeschoolers (on my MathMammoth.com site)
My recommendations for algebra 1 curriculum for homeschoolers (on my MathMammoth.com site)
Free and inexpensive curriculum materials - this is a list of materials that you can use to supplement, or in a pinch even for a complete curriculum if you plan it well.
Online math curriculum - most of these are commercial curricula. They are listed on their separate page, being specifically online currricula or math practice websites.
A list of math readers—books to use for a "living math" approach.
A list of stores to buy used homeschool curricula
Reviews
Parents and teachers, please write a short review of the math curriculum you are using! By doing that, you will help all other parents and teachers to choose a math curriculum for their child or students.
Complete homeschool curricula programs that include math
Name | Elementary | Middle | High School |
Abeka Math | X | X | X |
Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) | X | X | X |
Alpha Omega Lifepacs | X | X | X |
BJU Press | X | X | X |
Christian Light Education (K-12) | X | X | X |
Calvert Math (K-8) | X | X | |
Rod and Staff (1-8) | X | X | |
Switched On Schoolhouse (3-12) | X | X | X |
Time4Learning (K-8) | X | X |
Elementary
Name | Special Notes |
Developmental Mathematics (1-9) | Simple mastery-oriented workbooks by topics. |
DIVE math | Lectures on CDs that match Saxon Math textbooks. |
Excel math (K-6) | Spiraling program designed initially for classroom use, but is inexpensive to buy for homeschool. |
Horizons math (K-6) | Uses spiral approach with very colorful workbooks. |
JUMP Math (1-8) | A Canadian program with two inexpensive workbooks per grade level. Mastery-oriented with an emphasis of incremental scaffolding of concepts. |
Making Math Meaningful (K-6, Alg, Geo) | Workbook and mastery based curriculum. Emphasizes teaching the WHY behind math concepts. |
Mastering Mathematics (1-6) | Completely mastery-oriented program that has a book for each of the four operations, one book for decimals, and one for fractions. Includes manipulatives, workbooks, and games. |
Math Made Easy (K-5) | A series of inexpensive math workbooks by DK publishing, 200 pages long. |
* Math Mammoth* | The site owner's own curriculum! Mastery-based. Available as a download or printed copies. |
Math on the Level (K-8) | Neither a textbook nor a workbook approach. Gives the parents the tools they need to teach any math topic, and encourages teaching each child at his or her own maturation level and pace. |
Math-U-See | Based on manipulatives (blocks). Video instruction & worksheets. |
Mathematics for Elementary School (1-6) | An inexpensive Japanese math program translated into English, conceptual-based |
Mathematics Enrichment Programme (MEP) (K-12) | A free British maths curriculum - workbook based, spiral, conceptual |
Miquon Math (1-3) | Workbooks with varied problems that develop thinking skills & concepts |
Modern Curriculum Press | Inexpensive basic workbooks |
Moving With Math | A balanced math program by Math Teachers Press. Manipulative & workbook based. |
Professor B (1-5 + algebra) | A total mastery program. |
RightStart Mathematics (K-4) | Bases the early grades on abacus instruction and math card games |
Saxon math | "Incremental approach" - meaning a very short spiral. |
ShillerMath (K-7) | Montessori-based manipulative based curriculum. Comes in kits that span several grade levels. |
Singapore Math | Mastery-oriented; advanced; highly conceptual |
Middle school
Name | Special Notes |
Connected Math (6-8) | This curriculum is designed for classroom use, and is based on investigations that aim to connect math to real life. |
Developmental Mathematics (1-9) | Simple mastery-oriented workbooks by topics. |
DIVE math | Lectures on CDs that match Saxon Math textbooks. |
JUMP Math (1-8) | A Canadian program with two inexpensive workbooks per grade level. Mastery-oriented with an emphasis of incremental scaffolding of concepts. |
Key to... workbooks | Inexpensive series of workbooks on the most important middle school conccepts. |
Life of Fred books | Humorous storybooks where the math is woven into the storyline. |
Math on the Level (K-8) | Neither a textbook nor a workbook approach. Gives the parents the tools they need to teach any math topic, and encourages teaching each child at his or her own maturation level and pace. |
Math-U-See | Based on manipulatives (blocks). Video instruction & worksheets. |
Mathematics Enrichment Programme (MEP) (K-12) | A free British maths curriculum - workbook based, spiral, conceptual |
RightStart Geometry (5-8) | A hands-on approach to learning lots of geometry - much more than in typical textbooks. |
Saxon math | "Incremental approach" - short spiral |
Singapore Math | Mastery-oriented; advanced; highly conceptual |
Systematic Mathematics | CD-based instruction that explains how the system of mathematics works |
Teaching Textbooks | A CD-based math curriculum that provides complete solutions for ALL problems. Generally noted to be slower in pace than other programs. |
Thinkwell CD-ROMs | Engaging multimedia video lectures for high school and college math. |
High school
Name | Special Notes |
Algebra websites, tutorials, etc. | A list of free algebra resources online. |
Algebra VideoText | Video-based instruction with a worktext. Includes a complete algebra and geometry courses. |
Ask Dr. Callahan | Teaching DVDs to go along with the best standard college level textbooks for algebra 1, algebra 2 with trig, geometry, and calculus. |
Chalkdust | Video instruction on DVDs that match regular textbooks from Houghton Mifflin |
DIVE math | Lectures on CDs that match Saxon Math textbooks. |
Harold Jacobs | Well-written enjoyable textbooks |
Kinetic Books Algebra 1 | A software product for algebra 1 course. |
Life of Fred books | Humorous storybooks where the math is woven into the storyline. |
Math-U-See | Based on manipulatives (blocks). Video instruction & worksheets. |
Math Without Borders | Home Study Companions that consist of video lessons by an experienced math teacher to accompany certain high school math textbooks |
Saxon math | "Incremental approach" - meaning a very short spiral. |
Singapore Math | Mastery-oriented; advanced; highly conceptual |
Systematic Mathematics | CD-based instruction that explains how the system of mathematics works |
TabletClass | An online curriculum based on videos. |
Teaching Textbooks | A CD-based math curriculum that provides complete solutions for ALL problems. Generally noted to be slower in pace than other programs. |
Thinkwell CD-ROMs | Engaging multimedia video lectures for high school and college math. |
Miscellaneous math programs
Name | Elementary | Middle | High School |
Family Math | X | ||
Math Facts Now software | X | ||
Mathematical Reasoning by Bright Minds | X | ||
Mathnasium method | X | X | X |
Mathletics - online math practice | X | X | X |
Practical Arithmetics (book) | X | ||
The Quarter Mile Math software | X |
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