Math is a core subject that all kids need to take throughout their education journey. For homeschooling families, that means you will spend time comparing the top homeschool math curriculums to find the right one for your child.
Over the years, I've spent hours agonizing over making the right choice. Math is important, especially the early years when we're laying the foundations of math. Strong foundations help your child later in life as he works on harder math skills.
Let's take a look at the top homeschool math curriculums so you can find the right one.
1. Math U See
Math U See is considered a comprehensive math program that uses the mastery approach instead of a spiral. It's also secular in perspective. Each year, Math U See focuses on one main per school year. So, the child spends the year learning how to master that skill.
Starting off, Math U See is quite expensive because you need to purchase a set of blocks to go with the books. However, if the longer you use the program, it does become more affordable. If you have several kids, you'll only need to repurchase a workbook for each child as they move up the levels.
2. Teaching Textbooks
Homeschool families like Teaching Textbooks because it's easy to use. It comes with software discs that you can use along with workbooks. Teaching Textbooks also offers an online version of the program. The software is an affordable option for those with multiple kids.
Teaching Textbooks is considered a spiral program with secular viewpoints. The review is built-in, and many kids prefer this style of learning.
Overall, if you feel like math overwhelms you and you want something that is easy to use and can even grade itself, Texting Textbooks is a great choice.
Horizons is a popular, spiral approach, workbook-style math program. It's a great pick for parents with visual learners or families that prefer math that can be done independently. Horizons is open and go focused heavily on math concepts.
Be aware that Horizons is a Christian program, so that doesn't work for every family. However, it's not common core aligned, and the teacher's manual is clearly laid out. You can add manipulative packages to help reinforce the concepts.
4. RightStart Math
For families who have a higher budget, RightStart math is perhaps the most expensive math curriculum on the market, but it's also quite comprehensive. It has both spiral and mastery built into it, and it's a scripted secular program. That means you open up the book and go, reading the book to the child. It tells you what to say, and who doesn't like that?
Parents and kids both like that it has daily review built into the program, uses plenty of visuals from the manipulative kit, and card games to help reinforce the lessons. While it doesn't require any prep time for you, it does need one-on-one time with the parent.
5. Math Lessons for a Living Education
If you want a Charlotte Mason style math curriculum, Math Lessons for a Living Education is one of the few choices. This curriculum blends the spiral and mastery approaches by using a story-based learning model. It is Christian, so be aware of that doesn't work for your family.
Perhaps one of the nicest features of Math Lessons is the price. It's around $30 for each level. Kids find that the stories help bring math to life, connecting the concepts of math to the real world. For many kids, that makes a lot of sense.
6. Singapore Math
The next pick is Singapore Math that blends together workbook style learning with out of the box strategies to help your child learn. As you might guess, the curriculum is based on the math model used in Singapore, where students score very high in math when compared to North American students.
Singapore can't be considered spiral or mastery. Instead, it uses multiple facets of learning for each concept. Many homeschoolers consider Singapore to be advanced, best for those families who have children who need to be challenged.
Do you have a favorite homeschool math curriculum? I would love to know what works for you, so leave it in the comments.