Math is a daily activity. For elementary math, a curriculum is optional, since younger children can learn math through hands on activities and interactions with parents. This approach is described in Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A Guided Journey.
However, many homeschoolers find it helpful to use a curriculum. And as the child gets older and advances to more abstract topics, such as algebra and geometry, a curriculum becomes a necessity.
There are many math curricula to choose from. It is important to choose the one that fits the needs of your child. There is no right or wrong curriculum so long as it is a practical, hands on way to access math, as opposed to strictly memorization with paper and pencil.
In addition, books about mathematical concepts and great mathematicians are great for all ages. livingmath.net has an entire curriculum using a huge list of titles (and it happens to align with the Story of the World History series we recommend).
You can choose a math curriculum from the following list, taking into account your child’s interests and learning needs.
Life of Fred is a literature-based math curriculum that covers elementary through college level math. The books are engaging and humorous. (Note: they are written from a Christian perspective, with occasional religious references, which can be skipped when reading aloud.)
Beast Academy is a comic book style math curriculum for elementary age mathematically inclined children. Engaging and fun, and includes challenging problems.
Art of Problem Solving follows Beast Academy and offers curriculum for upper grades aimed at mathematically inclined students.
Miquon is a hands on math curriculum for elementary ages, great for very spacial children.
Key To Series is a great follow up to Miquon for middle grades.
Rays for Today is an elementary curriculum that appeals to the more verbal and sequential children.
Singapore Math is a popular elementary curriculum that lends itself well to self-study.
Math Mammoth is another popular self-study curriculum.
Right Start is an elementary and middle grades curriculum which includes a large hands on component.
Math U See is another hands on approach which covers elementary through high school and includes DVDs with thorough explanations of the material (be aware that MathUSee has extra Bible songs on some of their DVDs).
Khan Academy offers online instructional videos on many math topics for elementary through high school age.
Hands On Equations offers manipulatives, manuals, and apps that help elementary age children develop an understanding of fractions and equations.
Jacob’s Elementary Algebra is a mastery-based high school level math textbook that uses stories, cartoons, and comic strips, as well as a lot of visual material.
Jacob’s Geometry is a mastery-based high school level math textbook that uses stories, cartoons, and comic strips, as well as a lot of visual material.