I am facing the challenge of getting a middle school aged child caught up in math. There are different routes you can take to accomplish this. You can go topic specific, studying only the problem areas that your child has. This is effective if your child has a few holes, and doesn’t easily “lose” their […]

## The Differences Between Homeschool Math Curriculum

This one is “Mastery-based” and that one is “Spiral”. Do you know the differences between homeschool math curriculum? Getting math figured out can be frustrating and confusing! Today I’m over at The Homeschool Post discussing the different types of homeschool math curriculum, and which helps what type of kid. Click the graphic to go there! […]

## The Leading Cause of Insanity in Homeschool Moms

I think I have tried almost every single math curriculum out there. Modern Curriculum Press Math U See Horizons BJU Christian Light Khan Academy Time 4 Learning Miquon Saxon Teaching Textbooks and even a community college Elementary Algebra textbook (which DID work just fine for my then 8th grade daughter). Yes, all of these. Some […]

## Function Is Not a 4-Letter Word

A lot people get a little freaked when I start talking about functions. Especially if they know I’m a math mom. But today you’ll see a way to look at functions that will make you smile! What is a function? You might have seen this: But that’s not a function, that’s just the way snotty-potty […]

## Math Curriculum Review: Khan Academy

Several years ago I started hearing about these great math tutorial videos that you could watch on YouTube. This guy was posting them and everyone was raving about them. Well okay, maybe not everyone, but he was creating quite a buzz in homeschool circles. I checked out his site a couple of times and thought […]

## Multiplication Times

There is one math concept that seems to trouble most homeschoolers. Surprisingly, it’s NOT Algebra, it is multiplication. I remember learning to multiply when I was in third grade. I skip counted while playing hopscotch, used flash cards after school, took a lot of speed drills, and cried. A lot. I hated to multiply, and […]

## M is for Math

Math. The “M-Word” in homeschooling. Math can be the bane of teaching for some home educators. Over the past 17+ years, our family has used an assortment of math curricula: Miquon (confusing manipulatives) MCP (straightforward, one topic per chapter, I liked it) Horizons (moves very fast & spirals a LOT) Math-U-See (one main topic per […]

## Times Tales Review

For the past couple of months, my boys and I have been focusing—literally and intensely—on multiplication. I was looking into fun ways to learn their times tables, and then the chance for me to review a great product came up. Naturally, I jumped at it! Times Tales is a unique method for memorizing the multiplication […]

## Farts in a Frying Pan, or How to Make Him Sit Down

The boy. cannot. sit. down. He attended a special K-I program when he was in kindergarten, and his teacher said he was like a fart in a frying pan. I knew what she meant, and I wasn’t offended. He gets an idea and *POOF* he’s gone to go do what ever it is that he […]

## Reflecting on Math- With Autism

Sometimes my son comes up with new things… things I’ve never considered before. The other day he was in the kitchen, standing at the counter doing his math, and I caught him doing this: