The plan for mathematics this year revolves around CTCMath as the main component of our curriculum with additional online programs and hands-on materials for our younger children. Math is one of those subjects that one either seems to love or hate and while our younger children seem to love it right now, our teen seems to dislike it greatly. We are hoping that this is a good homeschooling math year for him.
Our four-year-old daughter and six-year-old son are both working through the CTCMath curriculum. Our daughter is completing the Kindergarten level while our son is completing the First Grade level. They watch short videos which introduce a concept, go over practice questions, and then answer a number of questions on their own (okay, I am sitting next to them to help them if they need it).
|One of the questions in the kindergarten set on CTCMath.|
In addition to CTCMath, our children are using workbooks from MathSeeds. (You can read my review of the Kindergarten book here.) We also have tons of manipulatives and other hands-on materials to study mathematics. We have a Mickey Mouse clock to work on reading an analog clock and a play money set from Learning Resources.
I also plan on putting to use these really cool dice that our son received last year for his birthday. They were missing in our house for almost the entire year but now that I have found them again, I can't wait to use them (along with the rest of our dice).
You can read more in my reviews on Matific Galaxy, IXL.com, and I Know It.
Last year, our teen took Geometry with Mr. D. Math through SchoolhouseTeachers.com. This year, I gave him the option of using the Algebra II course on SchoolhouseTeachers.com or using CTCMath (that we would be able to review). He decided he liked the idea of CTCMath since there would be videos to watch for instruction (much like last year's Geometry course) and would need to rely upon us less as his teacher.
|The videos on CTCMath are short and can be viewed over and over by both student and parent.|
We are in the middle of his working through the first dozen or so lessons. I like that we can print the worksheets or he can complete in them in his notebook. And the fact that I can set tasks and see exactly when things are or are not completed through the parent portal helps me keep track of his homeschool work.
We will be using IXL.com for our teen to review math skills and practice his Algebra II skills.
Not Back to School Blog Hop
This week I am joining up with the Homeschool Review Crew for the Annual "Not Back to School" Blog Hop...5 Days of Homeschool.... Please visit the other members to see what they are sharing this week.
Lots of opportunities to read great "Not Back to School" posts in the Blog Hop!
Patti Pierce - Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy - My Favorite Homeschooling Things
Wendy @ Life on Chickadee Lane - 5 Days of Nature Study
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning - Homeschooling my final 4
Christine @ Life's Special Necessities - Yes! You Can Homeschool Your Special Needs Child
Sally M - Tell the Next Generation - Tips for Homeschooling Struggling Learners