Whether we love it or hate it, math is an inescapable part of homeschooling. From Kindergarten to graduation, our students must sit through some sort of math. Math publishers vary so much in how and when they cover concepts but in the end, they all generally cover the same topics. Since they do vary and because math builds upon previous concepts, it’s very important to find a publisher that fits your family’s needs and your student’s way of learning. This month’s Coffee & Curriculum will explore high school math from three popular but different publishers.
Teaching Textbooks is a math program for students at all levels from level 3 to Pre-Calculus. The program is available in three formats: 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. While the content is exactly the same regardless of version, the difference is in the delivery. Versions 1.0 and 2.0 require students to use and keep track of various CDs whereas the 3.0 version is available online.
Probably one of the most beneficial aspects of Teaching Textbooks is that each and every problem in the program has an explanation available to students. Students enter their answers on the computer and the program keeps track of answers and grades. There are parental tools that allow parents to override certain features or edit a grade if needed. Also, if you’re unsure about which level of math to use, the free placement tests available at the Teaching Textbooks website are convenient for determining a starting point.
Time4Learning offers a complete math and language arts curriculum for grades PreK to 12. When it comes to high school math, they offer Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry. The lessons are taught using multimedia lessons, instructional videos, worksheets, quizzes, and tests. Since the program is available online, it also keeps track of all student work and grades for you. Also, Time4Learning organizes high school work into courses, so the monthly fee covers four classes, including math with the option to choose other course for a small fee.
Bob Jones University provides homeschoolers with all the math they’ll need for high school students. Specifically, they offer Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus and Consumer Math. When you order a subject kit, you’ll receive the student textbook(s), teacher’s edition with lesson plans, tests, answer keys, and any student activities if applicable. If for some reason you feel your child would benefit from another teacher directing math for your students, Bob Jones also offers the option to rent DVDs.
When it comes to homeschooling high school math, sometimes parents get nervous when teaching their students something they may have steered away from Thankfully, however, there are plenty of curriculum options available so you don’t feel like you’re completely on your own. Thus, parents and students can confidently work through any level of high school math with success!
Tasha has been writing for over a decade now and enjoys blogging about various topics, from kids crafts to homeschooling in general. She’s been homeschooling for over 14 years and has used every style of homeschooling out there, from unschooling to traditional textbooks and everything in between. She serves as a mentor to other homeschooling moms and works hard to juggle working from home, homeschooling, and part-time work outside the home. She’s a mom to 5 and feels like she’s got this multitasking thing down pat.