Home School Math

Home School Math is about more than just curriculum. Don't get me wrong. I believe a good math curriculum is a necessity in a homeschool.

I do believe in relaxed and interest based learning in much of our homeschool. We read tons of literature and watch lots of educational shows, listen to books on tape, audio dramas, unit studies when I am feeling ambitious.

Math is one area I'm not convinced a scattered approach works well. It is just one of those topics that needs step by step instruction and learning. Maybe that is because I'm a math challenged mom.

However..... Math does not have to be all boring hard drill work. Mix some fun in with your homeschool math curriculum. It is going to be much more interesting and your kids will learn so much better. Here are a few programs, math drills, and games to mix things up.

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Homeschool Math Computer Based Drills and games

Dr. Ardsmas- my favorite computer based math drill. This is not a game, it is flash cards on the computer.  Speed and accuracy both count in this program. Have you ever tried to motivate your kids with flash cards? MY boys quickly got bored with it. Dr Aardsmas drills the boys for me! Quick painless... well relatively painless. I have the old version on CD rom.  Currently that is not available, they have upgraded to a web based program.

Timez Attack - Timez Attack is a math drills game. The game is available as a download or you can purchase a backup CD. My boys like this game a lot. This starts with multiplication... not addition.

Quarter Mile Math - another computer math game, this one is actually more math than game! Starts with basic addition.

Non Computer based drills and games.

Plunder Chess - Chess is not exactly math... but everyone knows chess is a great game to develop memory , concentration and logical thinking. All great skills for better math ability. 

Homeschool Printable Math Sheets- Simple Math Drill sheets that I've created for my own kids to practice.

Math It - Mini Flashcards and a timer make this fun for kids. Visually learn the facts by seeing the answers as well as the problem.

Skip counting Worksheets 2's through 6's. Worksheets to do copywork, fill in the blanks or fill in the entire chart. Skip counting by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

Skip Counting Worksheets 7's through 12's Worksheets to do copywork, fill in the blanks or fill in the entire chart. Skip counting by 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. - See more at: http://www.homeschoolboys.com/home-school-math.html#sthash.PLoy7o18.dpuf

Some physical activities for math

Keep those boys moving. Boys do well when their growing bodies are moving.  

Stair Counting Practice counting while walking up and down stairs.... easy. Any memorization work can be done this way. Try counting by twos, and as you step on each step say the next number. For example...... Take a step, say clear and loud TWO. Take another step, say clear and loud FOUR. Take another step, say clear and loud SIX.... keep going!

  • Start with regular counting by ones.
  • Then count backwards (you could even walk up the stairs backwards but be careful if this gets too complicated for the little guys. You don't want them concentrating so hard on not falling down the stairs that they forget to count. LOL)
  • Then add counting even numbers, then odd.
  • Then count by fives, threes, tens, twenty-fives, etc.

You can do other memorization this way too. Say the days of the week as you walk up and down the stairs. Months of the year. Practically anything that needs to be memorized can be worked on this way. 

The physical action of walking the stairs helps boys remember things. It works to use other motions too. Jumping jacks, reach high then low (touching toes). touch toes with opposite hands. Anything that gets the body moving. I have no idea why, but it works!

You can do other memorization this way too. Say the days of the week as you walk up and down the stairs. Months of the year. Practically anything that needs to be memorized can be worked on this way. 

The physical action of walking the stairs helps boys remember things. It works to use other motions too. Jumping jacks, reach high then low (touching toes). touch toes with opposite hands. Anything that gets the body moving. I have no idea why, but it works!

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