How to Choose the Perfect Math Curriculum


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Math. We’ve used so many different programs for math for my youngest. It wasn’t my favorite subject in school, and it wasn’t my favorite subject to teach in elementary school, either. I’ve been searching for the perfect math curriculum for as long as I’ve been homeschooling and both of my girls are in high school now.

Here’s What I Do Know

Every kid is different. Yes, you know that, too. But truly, one math curriculum does not work for another. Take my own children for example. I tried almost everything to get my eldest daughter to NOT love Saxon. She did. And still does. And she’s thriving with it. She gets that from her dad, certainly.

My youngest is just like me. She doesn’t care about formulas, and the answer, “because that’s how you’re supposed to do it” just doesn’t fly with her. Me either. We want to know why. If we could study and analyze an algebraic formula as if it were a character in a great fiction novel, we’d do well and even love algebra. But we don’t.

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The giveaways here at Our Happy Medium for the month of August have blessed so many of you, and I want to keep that going! This time, for our final giveaway this month, I decided to partner with some homeschool blogger friends to bring you a Christianbook.com gift card worth $100!

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I have ordered almost all of our homeschool curriculum from Christianbook.com this year, and just yesterday called their customer service to ask a few questions about something new we’re trying. (Blog post on that to come.) As always, their customer service rep was super-fast to answer, really knowledgeable and helpful, and really nice! If you haven’t ordered from this company before, I highly recommend them. They have coupons for free shipping very often and frequently run great sales in addition to their already lower prices. Will you be the winner this time? Please note that by entering this giveaway you are agreeing to be added to our email lists.

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We have used a lot of different curriculum for math over the years, and Teaching Textbooks is by far, our youngest daughter’s favorite. You can read about the top five reasons why we love Teaching Textbooks here. 

As a homeschool evaluator, consultant and coach, I have seen a lot of different choices of math curriculum over the years, and have tried out many of them. Sometimes I even tried to get my girls to love a certain curriculum, even though it clearly wasn’t a good fit. Since I do subscribe to a natural learning style, I allowed my daughter to choose her own. She chose Teaching Textbooks, and it works for her.

Stick to One Curriculum

It is a good idea not to switch up your math curriculum after the middle school years because you want to stick to one way of teaching. If your child is used to a spiral approach, a linear approach to math may not work. Teaching Textbooks has a spiral approach, which works for my youngest.

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From the back cover:

Benji wants to buy a giant orange kite. But it’s very expensive, so he works hard to earn the money by helping his mom in the garden. Finally, the exciting day arrives when Benji can fly his beautiful kite . . .

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I really like that Benji helps his mom with the gardening chores in order to earn what he wants. You already know that I think it’s very important for young children to pitch in with chores. I also like that Benji perseveres even though he thinks the day will never come.

Another Great Message

It may surprise you to know that after all of Benji’s hard work, and after the joy of obtaining (and flying) his beautiful orange kite, he chooses to let it go. This goes against much of what our culture teaches our kids: you want something, you work hard to get it, and once you, do it’s yours to keep. Why would Benji want to give up his beautiful kite after waiting so long to obtain it? This is the perfect opportunity to discuss with your child their thoughts about Benji’s decision. Who says young children can’t engage in literary analysis?

About the Author

Alan C. Fox is the bestselling author of three books for adults, PEOPLE TOOLS, PEOPLE TOOLS FOR BUSINESS, and PEOPLE TOOLS FOR LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS. His two children’s books are BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH (Clavis 2017) and BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE (Clavis 2018). An entrepreneur, philanthropist, and relationships expert, Alan is also the publisher of the poetry magazine, Rattle. He founded a charity that works to maximize the potentional of youth as well as an organization that encourages young people to become active in helping others. Alan lives in Los Angeles, California. To learn more, visit Alan’s website: alancfox.com

About the Illustrator

Eefje Juijl, a graduate of the School of the Arts Utrech, creates colorful illustrations for children’s books, magazines, postcards and more. She lives in The Netherlands with her partner Philip, her son Guus, daughter Fien, and their dog Jip.

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