Math Lessons for a Living Education

Math Lessons for a Living Education is an elementary math curriculum that uses the Charlotte Mason method. Children learn math concepts, along with Christian values, as they read stories about two children named Charlie and Charlotte. It's a unique approach to teaching math that only takes a few minutes. No teacher's manual is needed, as the student learns from reading the stories. A suggested daily scheduled is included in the front of each workbook. If you'd like a peak inside Math … [Read more...]

Helpful Tips for Using Math-U-See

The first year I started homeschooling I chose Math-U-See to use with my first grader. Fourteen years later and I'm still using this excellent math curriculum. I love using Math-U-See and so do my kids. I've used it from Primer through Calculus and in the process I've discovered a few helpful tips. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) No Need to Do Every Worksheet Math-U-See is a mastery based approach which means once your child has mastered a concept … [Read more...]

Math Placement Help for Pre-Algebra and Geometry

One of the challenges of homeschooling is knowing when to offer instruction in a particular subject or topic. I was recently asked when it was appropriate to move a child from foundational math to pre-algebra and it made me wonder how many other homeschool parents ponder the same thing. I decided to chat with a math teacher, who has about 30 years experience teaching high school math, to ask him about pre-algebra and geometry. Pre-Algebra What is taught in pre-algebra? Pre-algebra prepares … [Read more...]

From Primer to Calculus: Why We Use Math U See

Of all the curriculum that we have used over our ten years of homeschooling, Math U See is one program that I can’t imagine homeschooling without. It has provided my children with a solid foundation in math while helping them understand the concepts in addition to memorizing facts and formulas. As a kid, I was pretty good at math. It was easy for me to memorize formulas and follow the step-by-step process to get the correct answer but I never understood why those formulas worked. Then I … [Read more...]