When I began researching preschool homeschool math curriculum when my son was little, I was very disappointed with what I found. Most resources were tedious workbooks with lots of time spent learning to write numbers. Learning how to write numbers is a valuable skill, but it’s handwriting, not math! There were also lots of adorable […]

## Beast Academy Review: Unconventional and challenging curriculum for curious kids

My son loves math, but Beast Academy is the only math book that he’s ever begged to read. After all, most math curricula don’t include problems that start The combined cost of a slingshot and a grapefruit is $23… And I’ve certainly never seen any other math book that includes references to Alex Trebek, […]

## Beast Academy Buying Guide and FAQ

Start here for my full review of Beast Academy. When is a child ready to start Beast Academy? I usually recommend that you start with a placement test. But for Beast Academy, I don’t find the placement test very helpful. Perhaps it’s a little bold of me to disagree with the publisher’s own recommendation, but I find their placement test unnecessarily […]

## Quality over quantity: sometimes, it’s okay to solve just one math problem

Later this week, I’ll be reviewing Beast Academy, an offbeat math curriculum for grades 3-5. (You’ll notice the cover features cartoon monsters!) My son uses Beast Academy and loves it, but it has no teacher’s guide or suggested schedules. I tend to be a super-scheduled box-checker, but it has been so freeing to use a […]

## Math Mammoth Review: Great budget-friendly choice for busy families

Overview Math Mammoth offers a complete math curriculum for first grade through seventh-grade pre-algebra, as well as options for remediation on specific topics. It streamlines math teaching more than any other curriculum I’ve seen. All of the instruction and practice is contained in one easy-to-use “worktext,” a combination textbook and workbook that guides students step-by-step […]

## Math Mammoth Buying Guide and FAQ

Still learning more about Math Mammoth? You can read my in-depth review here. Many different websites sell the Light Blue Series. This Math Mammoth buying guide will lead you through the process so you can buy just what you need, at the best price possible. Note that for a complete curriculum, you’ll want to […]

## Singapore Math Review: Mastery-oriented conceptual math

Why Singapore Math? Singapore is a small island country in Asia, with a population less than six million. So why use math books from this teeny foreign country? Because Singaporean children have incredible math skills! Singapore’s math methods first came to the world’s attention in 1995, when results of the first large-scale international comparison […]

## RightStart Math Review: A great start, but also a big investment

RightStart has lived up to its name for my family. It has given both of my kids a great beginning in math. Thanks to RightStart, they both have excellent number sense and conceptual understanding, as well as confidence that they can figure out unfamiliar problems. Even so, my son only used the first three levels of RightStart […]

## RightStart Math Buying Guide and FAQ

Still deciding whether RightStart is right for you? Check out my full review. Buying Guide Interested in using RightStart Math in your homeschool? Buying their curriculum can be confusing, because they are currently in the midst of producing a second edition. This RightStart Math Buying Guide will help clear up the confusion and help you make […]

## How to reteach homeschool math: What to do when your child is stuck

What to do when your child is stuck You’ve taught until you’re blue in the face. You’ve bribed, threatened, cajoled, and explained every which way you can, but your child just doesn’t get a particular math topic. Sound familiar? It’s definitely happened at my house, and if you’re a homeschool parent, it’s probably happened at […]

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