Saxon Math is a very popular complete homeschool mathematics program. Its strengths are its systematic approach with instruction, practice, and assessment. Each lesson is about an hour long and consists of a quick daily test, warm-up skills, a lesson, lesson practice and ‘mixed practice’. There are tests every five lessons, and an investigation every ten lessons. Most of the work is self-explanatory, which is good if the parent is unable or unwilling to teach mathematics.
Saxon Math Homeschool 5/4: Complete kit including student/teacher manual, solutions manual, tests and worksheets For Grade 5 (11 yrs old) or a bright Grade 4 child. Customised for homeschooling, 12 Investigations and an Illustrated Glossary, 120 Lessons. Each daily lesson includes warm-up activities, teaching of the new concept, and practice of new and previous material, two-color format.
Using games is a great way to teach maths to younger children. A couple of my favourite games books are listed here:
Games for Maths by Peggy Kaye
Instant Math Games That Teach 38 hands-on maths games aimed at 6 – 11 year-olds.
Times Table learning book
This book is a wonderful resource to have on your bookshelf.
Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers By Derek Haylock. A teacher’s book for parents to learn how to teach maths. This book covers the full spectrum of mathematics teaching and is very reassuring and supportive, with practical teaching for the teacher, details of what you need to teach the child, and how to teach the subject. There is even a self assessment section for you to work out what you know and what you need to learn more about.
Is there a book that you want to recommend to me or would like to see listed on my book shelf? Let me know! Email me stephanie@HomeschoolFamilyLife.com