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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

NameElementaryMiddleHigh School
Abeka Math XXX
Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) XXX
Alpha Omega Lifepacs XXX
BJU Press XXX
Christian Light Education (K-12) XXX
Calvert Math (K-8) XX 
Rod and Staff (1-8) XX 
Switched On Schoolhouse (3-12) XXX
Time4Learning (K-8) XX 


Elementary

NameSpecial 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

NameSpecial 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

NameSpecial 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

NameElementaryMiddleHigh School
Family Math X  
Math Facts Now software X
Mathematical Reasoning by Bright Minds X  
Mathnasium method XXX
Mathletics - online math practice XXX
Practical Arithmetics (book) X  
The Quarter Mile Math software X

 



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