Teaching math at home can be a struggle for a right-brained mama like me. I know I am not the only one facing this parenting-school-age-kids dilemma, so I put together a list of homeschool math resources that can help us all out.
My Favorite Homeschool Math Resources
Homeschool Math Curriculum
We are currently using this CD-ROM based curriculum in our home and we are LOVING it! The lectures, practice problems, lesson work, quizzes, and tests are all included in the CD-ROMS. The program is self-grading and is presented in a game format to encourage kids to reach the next level.
This is the program that we used from 1st grade through 3rd grade. It is a wonderful program with DVD lessons that accommodate the teacher manual and workbook. Math-U-See comes with manipulative blocks so kids can visualize the problems as they are presented.
I haven’t personally used Life of Fred, but I have read enough glowing reviews of this program to know that it needs to be included in this list! Math topics in Life of Fred are taught in a story book form with this curriculum which is great for kids who don’t grasp number problems naturally.
Math Activity Books
Lift-the-Flap books are huge in our house! My kids have actually started reading these books at dinner-time because they love them so much! Kids can lift flaps on each page to discover more about fractions & decimals in an interactive and engaging manner.
This activity workbook accompanies the Lift-the-Flap Fractions & Decimals book in our home and it works great to help children apply the skills taught in the Lift-the-Flap book.
This book is similar to the Fractions & Decimals book, but it is geared toward younger children. It is filled with colorful and engaging pages that teach simple addition and subtraction through flaps and imagery. Like I said, my kids love these books so much that they read them during lunch & supper!
Young kiddos love to use this book when learning how to subtract. Each page features slider sections instead of flaps which is great for kids who are prone to rip flaps, but still enjoy an interactive aspect to their books.
You can use this activity book to apply addition and subtraction skills in a fun & colorful workbook form.
We like to use little books like this in our book basket, car rides, and for times when the kids say, “I’m bored!”. This particular pocket-sized book is filled with fun puzzles and games that require math skills and logic to complete.
If your kids are like mine and LOVE writing with dry erase markers, the wipe-clean math books are for you! There is a Wipe-Clean First Math and a Wipe-Clean 1,2,3 option. Kids can trace numbers and count objects while practicing penmanship when using these books.
Learning Wrap-Ups provide a fun alternative to flash cards for practicing math facts. They engage the visual and tactile learning senses to help kids retain information better. You can find learning wrap-ups for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions.
This book is full of illustrated activities, scenes, and stickers to test your child’s times tables knowledge in a fun way that they will look forward to!
Math Reference Books
This is the go-to math reference book for anyone studying math! It has over 500 definitions, colorful illustrations & diagrams, and pre-worked examples! It also includes internet links so your child can expand on his or her subject knowledge.
This book is a great math reference point for elementary aged children. Internet links are also provided in this dictionary so children can study further if they so choose.
The First Illustrated Math Dictionary is designed for kiddos who are in their first school years (pre-k & kindergarten). It provides a simple introduction to numbers & counting. Internet links are also included in this dictionary.
Art and Math are combined beautifully in this book for students who are bent more toward creativity than numbers and logic.
This book follows This is Not a Math Book with additional art and math combos.
Homeschool Math Websites
Here you can find free math worksheets, lessons, online math games, e-books, a curriculum guide, reviews, and more!
This website is full of fun and engaging lessons and games to teach everything from practical math to probability to algebra!
Khan Academy is a full online homeschool resource covering all subjects… did I mention that it is free?!
This website offers free math worksheets and games for children in the 1st through the 8th grade.
Your kids can practice their math skills without even realizing it when they play the interactive games that are found on this website!
This site is full of math problems that are to be worked out using lego bricks. It is Perfect for Lego lovers!
Learning Toys & Games
The abacus was one of the first known counting devices. You can use abacus in your classroom today to teach place value, counting, skip-counting, multiplication, and more.
This is a fun game in which you and your children can compete to create math equations and combine them into a crossword-style grid.
These cubes can connect to one another on all six sides. They are great for teaching and illustrating patterns, numbers, measurement, area, volume, graphing, and geometry.
This is a great sequencing game for younger kids who can’t read yet.