ALEKS Math

Entry ID208

Is this item secular?

Yes

https://www.aleks.com/

Price

19.95

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

No

Additional Comments

We started out with the 3rd grade level and went all the way to pre-algebra with ALEKS. My daughter loved using it independently, although when we first started out I sat with her and helped her work out the examples.

We loved the additional explanations that were available -especially when the math got harder.

I had to encourage her to use paper and pencil to work things out when she wanted to do it all in her head. But other than that, it was a super great program to use and helped her master multiplication with its QuickTable game.

It isn't graphic heavy - very simple, to the point, when teaching math. So if your child gets easily distracted by loud sounds and graphics, this program is for you.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?4

Art of Problem Solving: Pre-Algebra

Entry ID206

Is this item secular?

Yes

artofproblemsolving.com

Price

325

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Middle School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

Pre-Algebra 1 and 2 encompass 32 weeks of instruction, using one book (available in online, print, or both). We have done the online classes, but you could use the textbook and free alcumus problem sets on their website for less cost. This class is very challenging, and introduces math in a nontraditional way. There is no audio component to the weekly class, which was a positive aspect for us, but might be a negative for an auditory learner. There are free assessment tests available to guide course selection.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Beast Academy - Level 4

Entry ID27

Is this item secular?

Yes

Art of Problem Solving

Price

100.00

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

This is a review of Beast Academy's 4th grade program. My son is in 5th grade and math is a stronger subject for him. Another SEA mom warned me that Beast is very challenging and "for future engineers," but I liked the format and Luke is pretty good at math, so we went with it, buying the 4th grade curriculum due to the challenging nature of it.

After almost-finishing the first book, I have to agree that it's very different and *far* more challenging than the average math curriculum. It's not just that it teaches more advanced math, it's that the mathematical thinking it teaches is way beyond what I was doing until about Algebra II in 11th grade. I'm sure some of you are snickering and thinking "it's not THAT hard." But this is my perspective, as a former "gifted student" who was never especially gifted in math. For example, it teaches base-2 numbers in the first quarter of 4th grade, and before the end of that quarter it's asking kids to figure out the exponents on multiple numbers to result in a particular product, which requires a lot of multi-step thinking and a long time to finish any one problem, assuming you aren't a child who is pretty highly gifted in math.

To sum it up, when I was in 5th grade, this math curriculum would have killed me.

I actually really like it because of the approach they take of using puzzles to develop mathematical thinking and offering these challenging questions, but I'm switching things up now and beginning to use it as a supplement for my son rather than his regular curriculum. Which is exactly what this other SEA mom told me she ended up doing.

By contrast, I ordered the Horizons (I know, I know) 5th grade math workbook, and it is DRASTICALLY different and not just because of the Bible verses scattered within. It's arithmetic. Learn to multiply, learn to divide, here's a little geometry. My kid honestly needs this, because division scares the heck out of him even though he can do it. I'm mostly going to be using Khan Academy now, with the Horizons workbook as extra practice, but I just thought it was a big deal how different the two approaches are.

I think Beast is great, but if your kid is not especially gifted in math or if YOU are not (or you are math-phobic to any degree), be forewarned. Despite the comic books and excellent explanations, most kids are going to need a parent to explain points of confusion or help them correct their errors, and truthfully I looked at some of the upcoming pages and thought, "I have no freakin' idea!"

What did you think of it?3

What did your children think of it?3

Color Math

Entry ID184

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://mcruffy.com

Price

79.95

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Elementary
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Instructor Driven
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

I don't know

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

I have been using 1st and 3rd grade Color Math with my kids and live it. It is easy to teach and they enjoy it. It addresses every learning style. It uses games and manipulatives and includes working memory practice which is so beneficial. My oldest has dysgraphia and the amount of writing on the page is not overwhelming to him. The pages are colorful and laid out nicely. The first set of books I had contained typos (nothing that effected the content) I contacted McRuffy Press about it, received an immediate and appreciative reply and once a new updated edition was available it was sent to me free of charge. I cannot say enough good things about this company and this curriculum and I've tried them all. My kids are learning and enjoying math.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

CTC Math

Entry ID22

Is this item secular?

Yes

https://www.ctcmath.com/

Price

80.00

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Auditory
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

No

Additional Comments

When we pulled Josh out of school he hated math because he thought that he was bad at it. We struggled for the first year trying to find a curriculum that worked for him. We've used CTC Math for a year now and he loves it. the lessons are short and concise. There are then 10 practice questions. We have access to all the grades so that allowed us to go back and redo parts of prior grades that didn't click for him. We did choose to pair CTC Math with Prodigy for extra practice in a more relaxed format. Math has now gone from our biggest struggle to our easiest subject.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Discovery K12

Entry ID136

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.discoveryk12.com

ISBN or UPC

0

Price

0

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Independent
  • Instructor Driven
  • Project-Based
  • Unschooling
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Enrichment
  • Extended
  • Supplemental
  • Unit Study
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

I recommend this 'All-In-One' Online Curriculum for so many reasons. It is perfect for people who wish to leave public online schools, like K12 but who do like the format and concept of online schholing. This is different because it is not an accredited state program. You would still send your 'notice of intent to homeschool' letter to your district and still do a yearly assessment, )if your state requires that). It is also not common core. It is an easy to use, online curriculum for preK-12 and it has electives and it is all at your own pace; and, it's FREE! I think it is perfect for parents looking to independently homeschool with complete flexibility and with a little structure.
DK12 is a flexible program that allows parents to use all or parts of the curriculum with full control over the instruction. Not affiliated with public school, you may use it any way you like: part time, full time, or supplement, all at your own pace!

The seven standard courses are Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, and Physical Education. Electives include Spanish, HTML Coding, Healthy Living, and Personal Finance.

*From their website:
- Over 16,000 Lessons
- Weekly Spelling Program with digital quiz
- Quizzes and Tests in Science and History/Social Studies
- Grading and Reporting tools
- Classic Literature eBooks library
- Non-Common Core, secular
- Fun and Easy-to-Use
- Optional Parent/Teacher Account

We like the clean easy online format. Perfect for those who dislike visually cluttered screens and overstimulation. The easy navigation is like a blog. and if you have ever tried and online public school, you know how the navigation is like a nightmare of links and tabs! There are no games or animation. My daughter can do it all by herself on the days that I am at work and I get an email of what she has done at the end of the day!
Check out this 'Sample Student Account' http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/seventh-grade-sample-account/
they also have a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs

Entry ID6

Is this item secular?

Yes

many places - just Google the title

ISBN or UPC

716710471

Price

50

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • High School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • High School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Maybe - but it was not designed for that

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

I do not know that they claim to meet standards - but I am sure that it does

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

It depends on the kid and the parent - there is an attempt by Jacobs to do this

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

giftedandtalented.com

Entry ID197

Is this item secular?

Yes

Giftedandtalented.com

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Instructor Driven
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Auditory
  • Reading/Writing
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Enrichment
  • Supplemental
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

Overall we like the program. We have used gifted and talented which was formerly known as Eep to buy for several years now and the program has undergone significant changes over the years we liked the program before and after the change did not like it but have learned to like the new program as well I like the program as a mother because it doesn't require any significant instruction and or assistance from me my nine-year-old daughter was working at fifth grade level is able to work on and complete almost all of the problems without any assistance from me my daughter likes the program's there they have some small projects and some video interactive components that are interesting some stories and additional facts about cooking and things that are not just simply mathematical that draw her interest I'd like the logical way that math is presented it's clearly Progressive the the concepts are presented in a way that makes sense logically there's just not for example multiplication is just not down there and then they start doing multiplication but you can see that they're giving things to to do the add one thing on top of another and over a course of time it all turns into something that looks just like the multiplication that we know additionally for children who are gifted and do not require much repetition the program is adaptive and if you get most of the problems correct it will just move on to the next concept without requiring a lot of repetition so it does do a good job of assessing Mastery of an of an idea unfortunately this means that if you don't stay with the program and continue to work on it for we say 15 or 20 problems each day my daughter can quickly forget what she has learned and we don't really have an opportunity to go back easily and review she is lost since there is no repetition from day-to-day but she would get very angry if she was forced to do a lot of repetition so in general the quick nature of the program is good for us so overall I think it is a good program for independent workers and quick Learners who are naturally gifted at math and who have parents to understand math at home who can sit down and help them easily

What did you think of it?4

What did your children think of it?4

Global Village School

Entry ID193

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.globalvillageschool.org

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • All Grade Levels
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Collaborative
  • Independent
  • Instructor Driven
  • Project-Based
  • Unschooling
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
  • Reading/Writing
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

No

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

The Global Village School (GVS) curriculum is a social justice / environmentally- focused curriculum. It is primarily a list of resources with a variety of suggestions on how to facilitate learning. It encourages project-based, child-guided learning. The book suggestions include age-appropriate books on multiple topics including, myths, religion, and sexuality (including LGBT issues). GVS provides a variety of ways to approach topics, but they do not provide worksheets nor daily lessons. This allows the parent to be as structures or unstructured as they like. GVS also has a school program separate from the curriculum, that can provide records of enrollment, as well as teacher support for the family. *Note that this review covers the K-8 curriculum guides. High school is a separate program.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?4

IXL Learning

Entry ID137

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.ixl.com/

ISBN or UPC

0

Price

79

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Enrichment
  • Extended
  • Supplemental
  • Unit Study
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

No

Additional Comments

IXL is a standards-aligned, online content for K-12 math, K-12 language arts, 2-5 science, and 2-5 social studies. Compete with friends, earn awards and learn on the go with mobile apps. If they'd much rather be playing on the computer, they'll enjoy interacting with IXL's diverse practice formats and competing with friends to earn medals and awards. IXL's mobile apps make learning easy on the go! Read their membership FAQ for details. https://www.ixl.com/help-center/Family-memberships/552370

Analytics allow you to follow your children's practice sessions. See what skills children are practicing, identify potential trouble spots, review missed questions together, and track their progress as they improve.

IXL has some printable materials. They are mostly for classrooms, but homeschoolers might find some useful. There are goals posters, and customizable certificates, but I like the grade progress charts. Track students progress throughout the year. Print these handy charts in a binder or bulletin board to fill in with stickers, or keep them for your own records and mark the boxes as they conquer skills.

All IXL memberships provide unlimited access to every grade level available on the site for the subject(s) in your subscription. Pricing for a single-subject family membership starts at $9.95/month or $79/year for one child. Each additional child costs $4/month or $40/year. *Search on Facebook for discount 'group buys'.
There is not a timed trial, but to get a feel for an IXL subject, you can try 10 free questions per day. https://www.ixl.com/ela/
There is an ‘UNOFFICIAL’ Facebook Group for users of IXL Learning, "IXL Learning Lounge"

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Jousting Armadillos Pre-Algebra Math Curriculum

Entry ID211

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.arborcenterforteaching.org/publications/jousting-armadillos

Price

25.00

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Middle School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

While primarily a math curriculum, it is writing based and has some scientific application.

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Collaborative
  • Independent
  • Instructor Driven
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Auditory
  • Reading/Writing
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

We have been very pleased with this pre-algebra book from the Arbor Center for Teaching. This is the only math book I have encountered that is written directly to the student. My 13 year old son appreciated the author's quirky sense of humor. This is a discovery-based program that encourages deep thinking and problem solving. A review at the end of each chapter keeps previous material fresh. The number of problems to practice a new concept are not abundant but just enough to solidify a concept before moving on. If a student is having difficulty grasping a concept, however, it may be necessary to supplement with additional practice problems or activities. The curriculum is designed to be facilitated with a small group but is easily adaptable to a 1:1 setting or even independent study. There are two additional books (Crocodiles and Coconuts; Chuckles the Rocket Dog) in the series which, together, provide a comprehensive algebra curriculum.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?4

Math Mammoth

Entry ID128

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.mathmammoth.com

Price

4

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
  • Print
  • Other
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
  • Auditory
  • Reading/Writing
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Enrichment
  • Supplemental
  • Unit Study
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

Used Math Mammoth for 4, 5, 6, and finishing up 7th grade now (7th grade is pre-alebra). The program spirals- so you learn something new and then it goes back to review previous units so that material is always refreshed.
My daughter has dyslexia/dysgraphia, so it can make math difficult. However the text provides a variety of algorithms to solve many problems. When I learned math in the 1980s, I was taught one way to solve most problems. Math Mammoth gives a variety of ways to solve that is great for children who struggle with math.
Maria Miller, the author sends out quarterly newsletters and she personally responds to emails. I have sent her emails a few times with questions and she writes me back promptly! Also, Maria has provided youtube videos that help with more difficult concepts. Also supplemental online games are provided for every chapter.
There are also grade level reviews, Real Life math (math problems from a real situation).
Prices range from $4.99 - $136 and you can download and print your own or buy printed copies.
I feel this math curriculum is solid and will put your child well ahead of their public school peers.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?4

Entry ID164

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.mathmammoth.com/

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Reading/Writing
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

No

Additional Comments

I had my oldest using math mammoth for 1st through 4th grade and my youngest using math mammoth for 1st grade. My youngest really struggled, it was too much for her (to many problems at a time). My oldest did really well with the program (she has a math mind), but she got frustrated with the number of problems (I only assigned a couple of pages a day and we usually didn't get done in a "school year" time frame) and eventually wanted to try something different. What I really loved what the different ways it went about teaching the various math components and its focus on mental math. My oldest might go back to it in the future, especially now that they go through 12th grade according to their website (when we started they only went through 6th grade).

What did you think of it?4

What did your children think of it?3

Entry ID191

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.mathmammoth.com

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Reading/Writing
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

There are some interesting puzzles which may provide some inquiry.

Additional Comments

Math Mammoth involves both mastery and spiral introduction of concepts. Through the year, each concept is presented within its own chapter. There are reviews throughout the text. Each year, spirals back to the concepts previously learned and builds on them. There are quite a few sample problems and the author introduces multiple ways to think about each concept. There are games and websites provided with the curriculum to enhance learning and explore concepts more in depth. There are so many math problems, that I would encourage parents to assess their child's understanding and decide of more practice is needed or the child can move on to the next topic. There are extensive try-before-you buy samples.

What did you think of it?4

What did your children think of it?3

Mathematical Reasoning

Entry ID122

Is this item secular?

Yes

criticalthinking.com

Price

42.99

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Visual
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Supplemental
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

not known

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

This curriculum is light on practice, sort of the opposite of Saxon math. It is a spiral program, with frequent switches of topic and frequent revisiting of former topics. It provides instructions or examples but not extensive teaching. It is colorful and tries to increase enjoyment with codes and puzzles. It worked very well for my non-linear thinking child who tended to scream and cry about math. I generally did not teach it but let my child read the instructions on her own. For some students, the level of explanation and practice will be insufficient, although it would work for them as a supplement. For others like my daughter it will be just the right amount. The switches of topic may help prevent boredom in children who need variety. The pages are colorful and non-intimidating, but some children might think it looks overly childish.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?4

Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP)

Entry ID36

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mep/index.htm

Price

0

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Other
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Mostly yes, though for logic female sounding names are assumed to be female and male sounding names are assumed to be male

Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • Unknown
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Aligned to British standards

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

We adore MEP. Each day includes only one page of problems (at least in the lower levels) which is managable even on busy days. The instructor guides are written to a classroom teacher, but the activities are easily adapted to the home environment. There are included tests, with scoring rubrics. The curriculum is spiral, and focuses on teaching the child to understand the math deeply. There are included puzzles and abstract problems from a very young age. Where appropriate, activities with manipulatives and games are suggested. Though all the material is freely available online, you can also order printed books if desired.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Prodigy Math Game

Entry ID138

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.prodigygame.com

ISBN or UPC

0

Price

0

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Enrichment
  • Extended
  • Supplemental
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

No

Additional Comments

Prodigy Math Game is a fully-customizable math supplement and practice program designed for students in grades 1-8. Prodigy Math Game is like Pokemon, Zelda, and math cmbined. It stays FREE or you can Upgrade.
Prodigy has content from all major topics and will seamlessly cover Grades 1 – 8 and can prepare for standardized testing, if you do testing. It addresses individual needs with a diagnostic test to place students in the correct grade, and provides customized assessments to go at their own pace. Everything your students work on in Prodigy is reported back to you in real time. Quickly see which skills your students have mastered, and where they may need some additional support. The included curriculum standards are common core. *I believe that using the Planner feature allows you to align the math in the game if you have another specific curriculum.

Prodigy Game has Multiplayer Worlds! When you FIRST login to the game, you’ll be asked to “Choose Your World”. You can choose the same world as your friends so that you can play Prodigy together. If you’re ALREADY playing the game and want to tell your friends what world you’re a part of but can’t remember, open the Settings menu (Gear Icon). Your world will be displayed in the upper portion of your settings menu. Every time you log on you choose a world, so you can play together whenever you want.

Search Facebook for group buy-ins and there is an unofficial users group, Prodigy Math Game Homeschool Users Group. Prodigy is free but the membership gives more 'perks' in the game. To see the differences in the Free versus Paid Memberships, go to the website but don't log in; click on 'Memberships" and it shows all the extras they get.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Rightstart Math Level A w/ manipulatives

Entry ID194

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://rightstartmath.com

Price

294

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Yes

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Instructor Driven
  • Montessori
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Yes

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

The manipulatives set is oricey, but a one-time purchase. We love that they explain concepts in various ways to really solidify understanding. It includes math game cards and manual to help learn math facts, which is preferable for my student over flash cards or worksheets.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Shiller Math & Language Arts

Entry ID40

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.shillermath.com

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Early Elementary
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

Yes

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Sensory based learning

Additional Comments

It's great for toddlers/preK or those who don't know their letter sounds. Too low for readers. Easy lessons very quick, parent guide is totally inclusive.

Excellent customer service and this was the first version, I suspect they will have more complete version later, but as is it's incomplete, and didn't come with Montessori grammar symbols or lessons to support the use of them.

What did you think of it?4

What did your children think of it?4

“Singapore Math (1-6)” is locked Singapore Math (1-6)

Entry ID205

Is this item secular?

Yes

singaporemath.com

Price

30

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Is this product:
  • Classical
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

Depends on which product you purchase

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

No

Additional Comments

The strength of this program is in the focus on the "concrete to pictorial to abstract" approach which increases mathematical understanding. It also builds skills in mental math. Depending upon the level of comfort with math possessed by the instructor, the instructor guide may be helpful, especially in middle school levels. The instructor guide is the only source of answers to the problems in text and workbooks. There are extra practice books if desired. I used US edition.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?4

Teaching Textbooks

Entry ID163

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.teachingtextbooks.com/

Price

120

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

No

Basic Structure
  • Digital Media
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

No

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Independent
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

No

Additional Comments

Teaching Textbooks is the fourth math curriculum that has been in my house. So far it is my favorite as it teachings the children, shows them answers immediately, and gives them hints if needed. It is helping my child who struggles with math, though we have had to back off and work on times tables and stuff with her instead of the curriculum for awhile when she was having issues "getting it." I am definitely planning on buying the 3rd grade level for my youngest next year (and I wish it had younger levels). That said, my oldest is complaining about the program because she says it is too easy. So if you have a math-lover, or a child who does well with math, you might find this a year or so behind (so if your child does grade with 5th grade in another curriculum, you might want to get them 6th grade here).

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?4

The Core Knowledge Sequence Guide for PK – 8th

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What your 6th Grader Needs to Know

Entry ID131

Is this item secular?

Yes

http://www.coreknowledge.org/

ISBN or UPC

9780385337328

Price

18

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Print
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • Early Elementary
  • Elementary
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

Yes

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

Yes

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Classical
  • Collaborative
  • Independent
  • Unschooling
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Complete Year Long
  • Extended
  • Supplemental
  • Unit Study
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

It had been adapted to meet common academic standards

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

My daughter and I both loved the 'What your 6th Grader Needs to Know' book from the series K-6th.
It is a detailed synopsis of specific content and skills to be taught in language arts, history, geography, math, science, and arts. The curriculum is completely secular, and was designed to meet the Common Core Standards. I got mine at my library. We read the whole book, cover to cover after having wasted a year in an online public school. My daughter rushed through it to complete assesments, but did not retain much. This can be used for unschoolers, and for those who wish to accomplish 'grade level' work. This is perfect for creating your own MODERN, SECULAR version of Charlotte Mason inspired education.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it

Virtual Homeschool Group

Entry ID134

Is this item secular?

Yes

www.virtualhomeschoolgroup.org

Price

0

Does the manufacturer have frequent sales?

Unknown

Basic Structure
  • Live
  • Online
Grade Level Per Reviewer
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
Grade Level Per Manufacturer
  • All Grade Levels
Can this material be used for project-based learning, in a way that it can be used to teach multiple subjects?

They offer individual subjects

Are the materials free of cultural bias and stereotyping?

They are secular unless otherwise marked.

Is this product:
  • Child-Led
  • Independent
  • Instructor Driven
Is this product is a good fit for the following type of learner?
  • All Types of Learners
Comprehensiveness
  • Enrichment
  • Extended
  • Supplemental
Are the Academic Goals quantifiable?

Yes

Are the materials Common Core, or do they claim to meet state or national standards?

No

Are there multimedia features or suggestions for additional resources when students become engaged with specific topics?

No

Is the material innovative and eclectic? Does the material motivate the learner and lead to engaging questions and rabbit holes?

Yes

Additional Comments

Virtual Homeschool Group offeres many subjects. We used it for math. They offer free, online clases at virtualhomeschoolgroup.org. It's 'at-your-own-pace' and is easily navigable, which is really great for teaching motivation, independent thinking and extra great if you are working out of the home or working with other children.

They use Saxon Math textbooks. With Saxon Math, previously learned concepts are continually reviewed, and assessment is frequent and cumulative. At each grade level, math concepts are introduced, reviewed, and practiced over time in order to move students from understanding to fluency.

Virtual Homeschool Group is 100% volunteer-run. They have live Lessons, which fill up right away, and at your own pace (AYOP) recorded lectures where you set your own speed, all with course outlines, assignments and quizzes. All your tests are graded and grades are recorded for you. They have curriculum core classes and electives and student and family helps. *You just have to buy the textbook. I found a used one on Amazon.

What did you think of it?5 - Loved it

What did your children think of it?5 - Loved it