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Learn Math Fast

by Mary Ann Kelley

Learning Math Fast consists of four easy-to-read paperback books designed to quickly and thoroughly teach anyone math. Its systematic approach to learning math concepts in a forward progressing pace allows students who are skilled in math as well as students with learning disabilities to learn math easily. The course covers beginning math through pre-algebra and Continue reading »

Liberty Mathematics (K-2)

by Mary Ann Kelley

Inexpensive, effective math product for Kindergarten, 1st grade (level A), and 2nd grade (level B). Published by Christian Liberty Press.

Life of Fred Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

Life of Fred, written by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D., is a series of math books that are based on the story of 5 year old math genius Fred Gauss. Once children have mastered addition, subtraction and the multipication tables, they are ready to begin using Life of Fred, which carries the student from fractions through Continue reading »

Lifepacs

by Mary Ann Kelley

LIFEPAC is a full-color, consumable worktext homeschool curriculum with Bible-based content for grades K-12. Designed by a team of accomplished educators with years of classroom experience, LIFEPAC is based on the principle of mastery learning. Students master content in each unit worktext before progressing to the next. Ten LIFEPAC worktexts provide one full year of Continue reading »

Making Math Meaningful

by Mary Ann Kelley

This program purports to be useful in teaching students regardless of the student’s learning style. The learning styles that this curriculum reaches include kinesthetic learners, auditory learners, visual learners, and analytical learners. The curriculum is entirely contained within workbooks that provide a script for the instructor to use in presenting the materials. At the higher Continue reading »

Math Mammoth

by Mary Ann Kelley

This is a collection of texts and worksheets that can be mixed and matched to meet the needs of the student. The goal of the publisher is to provide materials that “help parents and teachers teach math so our children and students can really understand what is going on.” The materials are prepared in such Continue reading »

Math on the Level

by Mary Ann Kelley

Math on the Level is a complete K-8 homeschool math curriculum for the whole family. Designed for the home learning environment, this well-tested curriculum equips you to teach any math concept from pre-K through pre-algebra and give your children a strong foundation in math. Math on the Level combines math instruction with meaningful, hands-on experiences Continue reading »

Math-U-See

by Mary Ann Kelley

This is a hands-on curriculum that uses workbooks, videos and manipulative blocks to teach math concepts. Students learn how to perform math operations and understand why they are performing those operations so they can apply them to everyday life. The program was described in 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy as “easier Continue reading »

McGuffey Readers

by Mary Ann Kelley

McGuffey Readers are reprints of early 19th century eclectic readers and feature literary selections that are suited to the age level (1st through 6th grade) and interests of students. They teach reading through moral stories geared toward their original audience of white Protestant Americans. Also available from the same publisher are reprints of 19th century Continue reading »

MCP (Modern Curriculum Press)

by Mary Ann Kelley

Modern Curriculum Press offers elementary math, phonics and spelling instruction. Features of the 2005 edition of Modern Curriculum Press Math include: Four-step problem solving strategy Guided and independent practice Real world application Word and story problems that “require students to draw upon and integrate multiple skills and strategies to find a solution.” Clean uncluttered design Continue reading »

Miquon Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

Miquon Math is a series of six workbooks for elementary students. The publisher avers that the programs is “based on the belief that mathematical insight grows out of observation, investigation, and the discovery of patterns, [that] lead children through an exploration of mathematical relationships.” The materials range in cost from under $10 for workbooks to Continue reading »

Moving with Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

This is a manipulatives based program that includes easy-to-use teacher guides with lesson plans, pre- and post-tests, daily reviews, reteaching pages, and games. The emphasis of the program is on thinking through solutions and problem solving. The materials are organized into levels that correspond to two grades, Level A: Grades 1–2, Level B: Grades 3–4, Continue reading »

RightStart Mathematics

by Mary Ann Kelley

This curriculum is divided into levels rather than grades and features extensive use of hands-on materials. The course is workbook-based and employs a great deal of interaction with an abacus and other counting skills. The publisher says that incorporating the abacus into the training allows the teachers “to provide a visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experience” Continue reading »

Rod and Staff

by Mary Ann Kelley

Rod & Staff curriculum is designed to make the child God-conscious. This curriculum not only teaches the Bible but uses many illustrations of how Bible principles can be applied in everyday life. The various courses are comprised of texts, workbooks, and teacher guides. The science text is written from the perspective that evolution is “logically Continue reading »

Saxon Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

According to its publisher, “Saxon Math is the only major math program on the market today that systematically distributes instruction, practice, and assessment throughout the academic year as opposed to concentrating, or massing, related concepts into a short period of time–usually within a unit or chapter. Saxon Math’s approach to math instruction ensures that students Continue reading »

Shiller Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

ShillerMath is a complete Montessori-based math curriculum solution for ages 4-12 for the home. The course addresses 6 areas of learning: Kinesthetic, Visual, Auditory, Tactile, Writing, and Mental. The curriculum itself is completely scripted and involves a great deal of movement from the students and instructors. The materials are purchased as kits that have a Continue reading »

Singapore Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

Singapore Math is a curriculum modeled on the way math is taught in Singapore. Children in Singapore traditionally score highly in math when compared to those in other countries. Singapore method is demanding and relies heavily on mastery of the material. There are textbooks, workbooks, manipulative and teacher’s guides for each grade run from $9 Continue reading »

Spectrum

by Mary Ann Kelley

Spectrum offers supplemental workbooks in the following subjects: Math, Early Childhood Reading & Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Testing. The materials are grade appropriate, but there are not materials for every grade.

Starfall

by Mary Ann Kelley

Starfall offers both a free online phonics/reading program and a (fee-based) reading/language arts curriculum that is “magical, creative, sequential, integrated, and combines content area instruction in Social Studies and Science – that’s kindergarten, the Starfall Way. Starfall uses fantasy as a springboard for motivating children to use their natural sense of wonder and curiosity to Continue reading »

Switched-On Schoolhouse

by Mary Ann Kelley

Switched-On Schoolhouse is a comprehensive, Bible-based curriculum that offers computer-based learning for grades 3-12. With 3-D animation, video clips, and other fascinating multimedia, Switched-On Schoolhouse is the perfect homeschool curriculum for today’s generation. With this flexible, best-selling curriculum, you can customize student learning to fit individual educational needs.