I will be the first to admit that math is my least favorite subject to teach. I think I dislike it so much because my experience in school was less than stellar with the subject. My oldest two children really don’t care too much for math, either. We have been using Teaching Textbooks as our main math curriculum for a couple of years now, and it’s been a good move. My kids still struggle with multiplication and memorizing math facts, though. In today’s post I’m going to share with you our top five math curriculum supplements for elementary grades!
Math Facts Practice
First up is Fast Facts. These were actually included with one of our packages from My Father’s World. Fast Facts provides written math fact practice. It comes with four cards: one for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Your child will place a blank piece of paper under one of the cards. The object is to answer as many facts in each “window” as possible in three minutes. Students only have to flip the card over to check their answers.
Xtra Math is a digital app to practice math facts. Your child can also use the website. It’s a great way to practice facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. I like that I receive progress reports as my child progresses with his math facts.
Musical Multiplication is a fun way for kids to memorize multiplication facts with jingles and songs. The Good and the Beautiful came up with the cutest songs to help kids with multiplication. My girls really enjoy the songs, but my sons are not huge fans of the jingles. I must admit that I like the songs myself!
Times Tales is what I am currently using to help my oldest kids with their multiplication facts. Multiplication has caused some serious tears in our house. I purchased the Times Tales Digital Download for Home Use version, and each morning during school time I play the Times Tales on the computer. Times Tales is an “innovative mnemonic-based program that makes it fun and easy to memorize the upper multiplication facts. Times Tales® uses simple stories to provide students with a “memory peg”, which allows quick and effortless recall of otherwise abstract facts.”
Each number is assigned a character and stories are presented to help children memorize their times tables. It’s a really unique approach that may seem a bit silly, but that is what makes it memorable. We also received a pack of printables with the download that I can use to let me kids practice the multiplication facts.
Life of Fred
Life of Fred is one of my favorite math supplements. It’s designed to be used as a full curriculum, but I like to add it to our house. My third son especially loves the stories and adventures Fred goes on. Here’s their description:
“The texts follow the life of Fred Gauss—a six-year-old math professor at Kittens University who was born on the slopes of the Siberian Mountains—who has many humorous, unlikely, and zany adventures. Informal in tone and approach, these books are designed to engage students in a fun narrative while also instilling a solid understanding of the principles of mathematics–without an abundance of repetitive drills!”
Curious about what we use for our homeschool math curriculum?
It’s Back to (Home) School time!!
More and more families are joining the ranks of homeschoolers this year. With all of the uncertainty surrounding what public school will look like this fall, it’s no wonder parents are adding the role of educator to their list of parental duties.
One of the scary and overwhelming things about making the leap into homeschooling is the financial aspect of it. Curriculum can be expensive (although it doesn’t have to be) and one of the parents might have to quit their job or cut their hours to help make homeschooling a reality for their family. While working and homeschooling or being a one-income family is totally doable, it does require some sacrifice and sometimes that means tightening the budget.
I’ve teamed up with a great group of homeschool bloggers that would like to bless a few homeschool families this year and help lighten the financial load, even if it’s just a little. We wish we could bless more, but we will be able to give THREE families $200 to spend at Christianbook.com to buy curriculum, resources, and supplies for their homeschools.
To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Now I know this is quite a few entries, but each of these bloggers has generously chipped in their own money to make this giveaway possible, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries. And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are of winning!
Giveaway ends August 14, 2020 at 11:59pm ET. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must be a resident of U.S. or Canada to enter. Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn. By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers (see the Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter form for the complete list).