Maths

My math curriculum for K-12 and beyond is Khan Academy.  This is online program is FREE.  My favorite features are that I can easily track where my son is struggling and what he has mastered.  His favorite features are being able to review instruction videos over and over as needed and he enjoys being awarded points.

For travel and also in case of power outages, I have Saxon Math.  I have it because it is convenient to use as a checklist for skills to be learned and in the order they should be learned.  I mostly look up videos and games to cover the concepts rather than read the Saxon math instructions.  The following are resources I have used:

GRAPHS, CHARTS, MAPMAKING

A PLETHORA OF FREE MATH RESOURCES

Our local library offers over 2896 math resources of which 219 are videos!  I have made do just fine without buying math curriculum.  The following are my favorite K-12 math resources available at our library:

  • School House Rock Math Songs
  • Math for Children series – Schlessinger Media – for grades K-4 – 12 videos
  • Test-taking Tips for Children series – Schlessinger Media – for grades 3-6 – 3 videos
  • Mighty Math Super Pack – Standard Deviants – Goldhil Educational
  • Math for Students series – Schlessinger Media – for grades 4-7 – 12 videos
  • Test-taking Tips for Students series – Schlessinger Media – for grades 7-12 – 7 videos
  • Bill Nye’s Solving for X series – Disney Educational – for grades 3-12 – 2 videos
  • Algebra – Standard Deviants – Home Video Learning – For grades 9-12 – 4 videos
  • Your Complete SAT Math Prep Course – Private Tutor – 5 videos
  • Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks by Arthur Benjamin and Michael Shermer – This is a great book on math tricks for ages 11 to adult.  I HAD to buy it!
  • Fingermath by Edwin M. Lieberthal and Peter K. Gurau – Chiasmus aka Fingermath is using fingers in a way that is similar to an Abacus.  The Abacus is ancient, but still a powerful calculating tool that is well worth learning.
  • The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics by Ann Cutler
  • Trachtenberg Speed Mathematics Self-taught by Ann Cutler

ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL MATH PRACTICE:  LOGIC GAMES

Whenever we are struggling with a math concept we just type ‘the name of the concept’ and the word ‘game’ in a search engine to find something my son can play until he understands.

MATH INSTRUCTION:  VIDEOS

MATH INSTRUCTION

ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO ARITHMETIC:  VEDIC MATH

ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO ARITHMETIC:  ABACUS AND CHIASMUS

FINANCIAL MATH

ARTICLES AND LECTURES ABOUT MATH

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“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe” –  Galileo

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“Of all the high school courses, the highest level of mathematics
taken is the most important for college success.
The odds that a student who enters college will complete a bachelor’s degree
more than doubles if that student completed a mathematics course beyond
Algebra II  (e.g., trigonometry or pre-calculus) while in high school.”
Clifford Adelman, U.S. Department of Education researcher
This quote is from his book, “Answers in the Tool Box,”
in which Adelman shows his research on over 20 variables.  Read more at: http://www.aft.org/newspubs/periodicals/ae/spring2004/rosenbaumsbhigh.cfm

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“We can help the future generations remember and obey God’s mandates by giving them a mathematics education taught from God’s perspective.
Simply having them complete a textbook, containing an occasional scripture or two, is not the answer.
Our teaching must not only instruct them in basic arithmetic, but also enable them to see how mathematics can ‘describe the wonders of God’s creation, reveal the invisible attributes of God, serve to aid man in fulfilling God’s mandate of dominion, and assist God’s people in fulfilling God’s mandate of worldwide evangelism.'”
~ James Nickel, Mathematics: Is God Silent?

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