Math can be scary. Especially if you aren’t someone who did very well in math while in school.
In the beginning of our homeschool years I always deferred to other veteran homeschool moms. I would ask as many questions as they would let me!
When it came to math I knew I wanted something the kids would not only understand, but enjoy too.
Just about every mom I talked to was doing the famous “Saxon” math curriculum. So of course that is what I started with.
It didn’t take too long to realize my disdain for the teaching method. Remember, I’m not a person who is strong in this subject so I wanted something I could learn and explain right along with them.
We did the saxon for a while but even the kids got to where they were dreading their daily lessons. I then set out on a journey to find what WOULD work for our family.
-Rod n Staff (moved too slow)
-Life of Fred (I didn’t like the lack of accountability for what they were supposed to be learning)
-Abeka (frustrating and labor intensive for mom)
-Alpha Omega Lifepacs (Very wordy and overwhelming for the kids)
The last year we landed on ACE’s Math PACE curriculum. Now I did Paces briefly while attending private school. I remembered enjoying them a lot too.
I decided to try this out and hope for the best.
This curriculum stuck and ever since beginning it the kids grades have increased dramatically. My son who is 7 is in the middle of the 4th grade books (12 in each grade) and so far his GPA is 100%. One thing I do a little different is I don’t allow them to score their own stuff. They have to bring their books to me and I grade everything.
This way I know for sure they are understanding the material and I can help in the areas I need to help them in.
It took me a while to realize that what works for someone else might not necessarily work for me. I was so sure by doing the Math that everyone else around me was doing we would be successful.
This just wasn’t the case.
If Saxon works for you, or whatever Math you’re doing seems to be cutting it…Great!
But if you’re struggling and in desperate need of finding something that works for you and your child, don’t be afraid to try something new!
This is one of the beauties of homeschool. We are afforded the opportunity to give our children the right tools to meet their needs when it comes to how they learn etc.
So keep moving forward and trying new things. You’ll find your “sweet spot” soon enough!