Help Your Kids Master Math

I am hearing so many rave reviews about these Math CD-ROMS that I am seriously wishing I could return to homeschool just so I’d have an excuse to buy them! Alas, they cost too much to be a part-time purchase, so I’ll settle for telling the blogosphere about this fabulous product:

Our public school currently uses Saxon Math, the program I used and loved back when I was homeschooling, so I’m content with my lot right now, but if ever one of my chidlren needs extra tutoring, I am *so* going to buy Teaching Textbooks! 🙂

Here is one homeschooler’s review: http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com/2012/10/teaching-textbooks-review/

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My new FAVORITE homeschool site!

I can’t believe I didn’t hear of this fabulous site sooner! Where has it been all my life?

Curriculum Choice Homeschool Review Blog

Real reviews about real homeschool products by homeschool moms who know what they are talking about (and who know how to blog) and who know the sorts of questions we all want to ask about the books and programs we’ve never tried before.

This site is a must-read for homeschool moms!

 

The Search for Quality School Books

Jennefer at the Smooth Stones Academy blog has recently posted an excellent, informative run-down of the different books they have tried in their homeschool, complete with her notes about what is and is not working. For parents who need advice and guidance before making those school book purchases, this is a must-read! You can read her post here: http://smoothstonesacademy.blogspot.com/2010/03/reflections-on-academic-hits-and-misses.html

For other great book ideas, you can also check out Cellista’s weekly homeschool reports, which chronicle the weekly books read, assignments completed, and activities undertaken in her home school (though I’m biased in recommending this site–Cellista uses the same curriculum that I do!). Here’s a recent report from her blog:

http://cellista.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/weekly-report-21-2/

Cozy Math for Kids

Isn’t it fun to study at home, where the chairs are soft and the teacher snuggles with you while you read or recite stuff?

My kids sure think so! Check out Dizzy’s little “study hut” in the family room:

When my children were in public school, they were privileged to study the most excellent Saxon Math. Now that we are living in a school district where they use a different math program (that is nowhere near as good), I am happy to be homeschooling again and giving my children this very lovable math curriculum:

Indeed, if you ask my daughters which subject is their favorite of all, they will say “MATH!”

This year, my oldest daughter is in 4th grade Saxon math (pictured above).  I must say that I am impressed with the tidy way she organizes her scratch paper:

But whether the child’s scratch paper is messy or neat, I am just thrilled to know that they love math, which is actually an exciting subject to study–at least, it is when taught the right way, and when the child learns it in an environment that’s conducive to deep thoughts and serious reflection: