Choosing your math curriculum can feel a bit overwhelming when you’re starting out, but don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here’s an overview of the most popular math texts available to homeschoolers. Some programs are traditional texts, some offer CD-ROM instruction and/or solutions to problems, and some were designed specifically for homeschoolers. You can compare the programs by choosing the grade levels for each program. Upper levels and other publishers will be posted shortly.
Saxon Math, Grades K – 7
John Saxon created his math program using a teaching method to help students have a clear understanding of math. Saxon Math is based on the teaching principles of incremental development, continual practice and review, and cumulative assessment. The K-3 program is designed to teach basic arithmetic concepts as well as geometry, patterns, time, and more. Manipulatives are used for a better understanding of abstract math concepts. The middle grades transition to a textbook approach. Above you’ll find programs for Kindergarten through Grade 7.
Teaching Textbooks, Grades 3 – 7
Teaching Textbooks was designed specifically for homeschoolers by two Harvard educated brothers to make learning math in a homeschool setting the best possible experience. The texts are self-explanatory for independent learners with hundreds of hours of CD-ROM teaching allowing students to work through problems with a tutor in the comfort of their own homes! Plain language, friendly fonts, highlighted phrases, constant review and flexibility make Teaching Textbooks one of the most popular math programs available. For Grades 3 through 7, see above.
MCP Mathematics, Grades K – 6
Targeted especially towards students who struggle with their core math program, Modern Curriculum Press (MCP) Mathematics uses a traditional drill and practice format with a predictable, easy-to-use lesson format. There are two versions available, the 1994 edition and the 2005 edition. The editions are pretty similar. The newer version has updates to the math standards and the paper quality is slightly lower. The 1994 teacher’s editions are out of print for Levels E and F, but are currently still available at Christianbook.com.
BJU Press Math, Grades K – 6
Strengthen your children’s reasoning and problem-solving skills and develop their understanding of math as a tool of commerce, the language of science, and a means for solving everyday problems. While learning with the BJU Press homeschool math curriculum, your children will see the relevance of math and its biblical basis from beginning to end.