Having the right math resources in your homeschool is essential for helping children of all ages learn and understand mathematics. Math can be a challenging subject to teach, but with the right resources, it can become an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both student and teacher alike.
From online activities to manipulatives and hands-on experiences, there are many different types of math resources available that can help build confidence in students’ mathematical skills while also providing them with engaging opportunities to apply those skills. Here are three wonderful math resources that you should consider adding to your homeschool curriculum.
In this training, I will share with you three Math resources that we absolutely love using in our homeschool for many reasons. This is Part 2! Watch Part 1 HERE. Some of those reasons are: they can be used over the years (that means that we can use them across grades and ages), they are affordable and they are practical.
If you are looking to becoming a centered, organized homeschooling parent, nurture happy, independent children and want to create smooth, successful homeschool days, then you are in the right place!
Let me know in comments what you know about this topic, what you have applied, what you have tried that worked, what you have tried that didn’t work and if you have any questions as we get into this training.
As you watch or listen to this training, know that you will be able to get more information than what is included in this blog post.
I really want to encourage you to take the time to watch or listen and take notes.
This will be helpful to you now and in the future.
#1 Mad Minute – Math Drills
According to the Amazon book description,
“Mad Minute is a 30- to 40-day sequence of speed drills on the basic number facts. It’s perfect for teachers that need to supplement their regular instruction in mathematics with some systematic drill and practice on the number facts – all in as little as five minutes a day!”
It is for grades 1st through 8th, so what I did was use these drills twice a week for 30-40 weeks every single year. When I say twice a week, I mean that I made 2 copies of the drill for each of my children. It was awesome to see how much faster and better they got at these Math drills year after year.
The drills start with addition, then the go into subtraction, then multiplication, division, etc. The Mad Minute book is an excellent resource for homeschoolers looking to supplement their math instruction with some systematic drill and practice.
In as little as five minutes a day students can work through these drills to help them gain greater confidence in their mathematical skills. With its affordable price point this book is perfect for any homeschooler looking to add more structure and rigor into their math curriculum.
#2 Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
According to the Amazon book description,
“These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers. Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time… Yes, even you can learn to do seemingly complex equations in your head; all you need to learn are a few tricks. You’ll be able to quickly multiply and divide triple digits, compute with fractions, and determine squares, cubes, and roots without blinking an eye.”
Doesn’t that sound amazing? “Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks” is an essential resource for homeschoolers looking to help their children gain confidence in their math skills.
This book is a little over 300 pages long and it offers simple math secrets and tricks that can be used to quickly multiply, divide, compute with fractions, determine squares, cubes almost instantly.
With its affordable price point this book is perfect for any homeschooler. It’s especially perfect if you’re looking to add more structure and rigor into their math curriculum. Are you looking for a way to help your children gain confidence in their math skills? If so, then the book “Secrets of Mental Math” is an essential resource for homeschoolers.
By mastering these mental shortcuts students will be able to work through calculations faster than ever before. This is all while also building up greater confidence in their mathematical abilities. Furthermore they’ll have fun along the way as they put these newly learned techniques into practice!
#3 The Secrets of Mental Math by The Great Courses
Have your children outgrown the material in Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks? Then it’s time to step it up to a higher level with The Secrets of Mental Math by The Great Courses.
According to Amazon’s resource description:
“Solving basic math problems in your head is a gateway to success in understanding and mastering higher mathematical fields such as algebra, statistics, and calculus. Mental mathematics also is valuable when you’re shopping for groceries or figuring out how much to tip at a restaurant. And perhaps the best part? Learning how to do mental math can be fun.”
This 12-lecture course comes in different presentations: text, audio and video. You can buy all three (my recommendation) or text plus audio or text plus video. I’m sure you’ll get just the one that best fits your needs.
- The Great Courses: The Secrets of Mental Math text with audio CD
- The Secrets of Mental Math (DVD) (Great Courses / Teaching Compan (1905-07-18) [DVD]
- Great Courses Number 1406 Secrets of Mental Math Transcript Book Course Guidebook & DVD Set
With this course, you will be able to learn how to solve more advanced math problems quickly. This is while also mastering higher mathematical fields such as algebra, statistics, and calculus. Are you looking for a way to help your children gain confidence in their math skills? If so, then the course “The Secrets of Mental Math” by The Great Courses is an essential resource for homeschoolers.
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#4 FIND GOOD ONLINE RESOURCES
And last, but not least, don’t forget that just as a strong human connection is important for support in your homeschooling journey, so is a strong connection with great online resources.
“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” -Harold B. Lee
Having reliable math resources when homeschooling can be an invaluable asset to any parent or teacher. With the right resources, you can help your children gain confidence in their mathematical abilities. You can also ensure that they are able to succeed academically.
The three wonderful math resources we discussed today will provide hours of fun and learning for students of all ages. These are for children around first grade through eighth grade and even beyond. These books and courses offer simple tricks and shortcuts so that students can quickly multiply, divide, compute with fractions, determine squares and cubes almost instantly – all within five minutes a day!
So if you’re looking for ways to supplement your homeschool curriculum or just want some additional activities to keep kids engaged during home-learning time. These math tools are perfect for you! Don’t forget that this is Part 2. CLICK HERE TO WATCH PART 1.
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