If you’ve been following along in the dream classical homeschool series, you’ve had a week off and started your children free reading every day. It’s now time to add math.
Why math so quickly?
Math is a skill subject that children quickly forget. It’s necessary for children to progress in the science and technology. It’s a progressive skill which requires years to master.
Math is also needed in daily life. We balance check books, estimate purchases, and add sales tax.
I simply don’t like to let my kids stop math for a long period of time. And I have to admit if we’re reading, doing math, and writing every day, I simply don’t stress as much about a perfect homeschool.
This is the best time to find a math curriculum that works well for your family. We use Saxon Math and love it. There are tons of other excellent math programs out there. Find one you love and stick with it. Each program has it’s own sequence so important concepts may be skipped if you switch programs regularly.
Once you have a math curriculum you love, take time to establish how you want math to be taught and learned.
Do you want children to show their work? Sit down and spend time teaching your children how to write math problems down to your satisfaction.
Do you want them to read their lesson and do practice problems, or would you prefer to teach the lesson and go through practice problems together? Make it so!
If you need more time to get math just right, take it. We took two weeks. First, I wasn’t certain what I wanted to do about writing. Second, the next week had Memorial Day and two days of standardized testing planned. It wasn’t a great week to move forward. Third, I wanted an extra week to nag a child about showing work.
As we work through the series, remember to take more time if you need it. We’re building an awesome classical homeschool and it simply takes time. Time to teach the kids to meet your expectations, and time to establish what works best for your family.
Do you have a young preschooler you’ve wanted to start teaching? Start now. It’s easy to start another child in your homeschool while the lessons are light. It’s much harder when everyone is bogged down with activities and a full schedule.
Next week we’re adding writing! What’s your favorite writing curriculum?
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