Monday, August 11, 2014

Back to Homeschool 2014-2015 - Math Curriculum (Back to Homeschool Blog Hop)

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For our 2014-1015 school year I will still have three students, though I am swapping Caleb, who just graduated, for Delani, who will "officially" be on the schedule. (I attempted to do things with her last year, but finally gave it up. My hat is off to the moms who can homeschool more than 3 at once!)

A little background on my students:
  • Delani is 6 and I am considering her Kindergarten. In our state you do not have to register for  school until you are 7 and then it can be 1st grade. So this year our focus will be on math, learning to read, and reading aloud a lot of good literature.
  • Chantry is 12 and is in 6th grade. 
  • Destini is 14 and could technically be in 9th grade but due to the above state law is registered as an 8th grader. She is happy as an 8th grader, though she will be starting to work on some subjects for high school credit. 

Our math of choice is Math-U-See. Caleb worked through it from Alpha to Algebra II and he also did Stewardship. My other kids have done very well in it and this is one area that I feel very contented in and don't feel a need to change.

Delani - 6

Delani will be using the Primer book. This is the first time I have used this book. She already has a few lessons finished, so we are going to pick up where we left off. If I see that she has a good grasp on these concepts I will probably just have her jump into Alpha, which is already sitting on the shelf.

Chantry - 12 
(LOL! He is in agony because the book is purple.)

Chantry will heading into Zeta. Math is his strength and I don't see him having any problem completing this book this year. Zeta (decimals) is much easier than Epsilon (fractions). He will also continue to do Math-U-See's online drill page. I love, love, love the drill page--no more flashcards!! Chantry drills all the math functions at one time and is required to do three sets of drills. I also may resurrect Xtramath's drills which we did a few years ago, thought I won't use both drill features at once.

Destini 14 

 Destini started Pre-Algebra in the middle of last school year. She made it about 1/3 of the way through the book. This year she will pick it back up and continue through the book. My main goal is for her to finish this book and start Algebra 1, but we will take it one day at a time. Mastery of the concepts she is learning is the most important thing. I let her out of math drills last year, but I think I may have her work her way through Xtramath's drills. I'm sure I'll get some flack, but I don't think you can go wrong with keeping math facts fresh.

So that is what math will look like around here. We don't do a lot of supplementing unless we see the need. If I added anything to this it would be the Math-U-See Manipulative App for the iPad.

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  1. Math is the one subject I'm not confident on teaching. I'll have to look at Math-U-See for my upcoming little guy because Teaching Textbooks doesn't start until 3rd. Thanks for the post.

  2. We really like it. The videos are great since they do the actual teaching and then I only come along side and help. You can also call them and get help from them.



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