In the few years I have been homeschooling, and have helped mentor new homeschool families, I have heard of one common struggle-teaching Math! Whether it be geometry, algebra, multiplication or something else, homeschool families tend to hit a wall often while teaching (or learning) math. We need help with math, but we aren’t sure where to get it.
My first few years I switched math curriculums a few times before finding one that fit for our family (CLE Math but now Teaching Textbooks). However, even though the curriculum is great, I have still had to supplement with some online resources. As a homeschool parent, it is important to know what is out there in terms of teaching Math, and where you can go to get help if needed. Here are some online resources to help with math.
Easy Peasy is a complete online homeschool curriculum that is free. They include a program for math that has hands on games, fact practice, and lessons to help teach your child the math skills they need.
We started using Khan Academy to supplement this year, and have really liked it. Khan Academy is aligned with common core, but if those lessons can be skipped if you chose not to follow it. Khan Academy offers skills practice, mastery challenges, and full teaching videos. You can set up an account for your child, and follow their progress on your teacher’s dashboard. You can assign lessons, or pick which ones you want your child to complete. Khan Academy is personalized and will match your child with lessons if you do not assign them. Best of all it is FREE!
Math IXL is another online program that families can use to help with Math. They offer monthly subscription plans and lessons begin as early as PK. It is also aligned with Common Core and offers special program options for homeschool families.
This interactive game website is free and offers tons of games for children to help them hone in on their math skills. You can pick a level or topic and allow your child to practice an area they may be struggling with. They even offer assessments!
TED talks are widely popular with kids and now there is a TedEd math section! This portion uses clever graphics and cultural references mixed in with key mathematical principles to make learning math fun! A great resource for those kids who tire easily from math concepts.
Parents, teaching math does not have to be a headache. Thanks to the many online resources to help with math, we have help at the tip of our fingers.
Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and homeschool mom. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.