What we have done traditionally in our homeschool is we use Christian Light Math for grades K-4. I use it because it has an advanced Scope and sequence and is an excellent math program and can be done independently easily at a young age. For us about half way through the first grade our children are able to do their math on their own. This has resulted in children testing int Saxon 7/6 in 5th grade and receiving good marks on standardized tests.
Grammar Stage Classical Math
I am however going to change our methodology with the twins. From grades K-4 they will be taught their addition,subtraction, multiplication & division tables. Dr. Robinson of the Robinson Curriculum suggest this way of doing math you can read “Math Facts and Saxon 5/4” for his thoughts. Previously, I was really tentative to get off the “school math” track. But after teaching math for 8 years to 3 other students I can see the TRUE value in children who fully know and understand their math tables. The best time to teach this sort of thing is when they are young and their minds are more receptive to repetition. I also sort of view early math workbooks as bus y work designed to keep students working longer then need be. We will use the following curriculum to work our way through the division tables:
- Daily do free Xtra Math Computer Drills
- Christian Light Math Cards & Schedules
- Quarter Mile Math
- Speed! Math Game
- Math Bingo Games
- Cathy Duffy’s Math Mouse
- Addition, Subtraction & Multiplication Wars
That’s right folks there isn’t any “curriculum” for our PK-3rdish grade kiddos just drills & games.
Later Grammar Math
As soon as they have mastered their tables I will give them the Saxon Math Placement Test. We will start each student wherever they place. Dr. Robinson suggests that they should place into Saxon 5/4, I hope so but we will see.
Logic Stage Classical Math
Once we get to the logic stage their math commutation speed should be solid and we will move into a more “traditional” study of math. For the Logic Stage my kiddos will continue (or start) to work in Saxon Math. I really like Saxon Math and after watching a YouTube Video of Mr. Saxon’s attitude toward the Standard Math Community I like it even more. We use the Saxon DIVE CD’s which help all the different kinds of students we have in our homeschool to better understand the lessons they are doing. It also enables this ‘Mom of Many’ to act as the primary tutor and the teacher freeing me up to teach reading to small children.
We also add Challenge Math For the Elementary and Middle School Student (Second Edition) for gifted students to their curriculum so they will understand the why? We keep the “Key to “ Series handy in case anyone gets stuck on a concept or wants to explore a concept more deeply.
I know this is a bit of a different way of approaching math and I hope my throwing the textbooks away for the early grade hasn’t totally freaked you out. But after so many years of homeschooling I can see the road so much more clearly, now that it is not clouded by fear.
Blessings as you determine how to teach your children Mathematics classically.
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