Best Homeschool Math Curriculum for Early Learners

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As a homeschooling mom of four boys, I am always on the look out for new teaching resources. Since we do not use a box curriculum and instead, pick and choose from a variety of resources, it takes some trial and error to find the programs that work best for us. In addition to core teaching curriculum, I also like to find a variety of extra resources that can be used to help supplement for extra practice. The programs listed below are those that we either have used like Saxon math, those we are interested in using like Life of Fred, or those that I have heard recommended by others. 

Life of Fred 4-Book Elementary Set # 1 : Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs

Life of Fred Math

This is the first 4 books in the Life of Fred series (Apples, Butterflies, Cats, and Dogs)

Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Abacus

Melissa & Doug Abacus

This wooden “calculator” helps teach math skills, patterning and color recognition. Slide and count the beads with this timeless counting frame. Fun activity ideas included!

Singapore Math Practice

Sigapore Math

This workbook features math practice and activities for first and second grade students based on the Singapore Math method. Level A is designed for the first semester and Level B is for the second. An introduction at the front of each book explains Singapore Math and its common problem types. Each unit has learning objectives, which clearly define the skills to be learned in that section, and an answer key with step-by-step worked out solutions that help students see how to work the problems. 

Learning Wrap Ups - Multiplication

Math Wrap Ups

Grades 1 - 3. Learn math skills by wrapping string from the problem on the left to the answer on the right. Turn it over and see if your answers are correct. This multiplication set contains 10 self correcting keys.

Painless Fractions

Painless Fractions

This book shows students how to play many different fascinating numbers games, such as Dazzling Division of fractions, which makes numbers grow larger when they are divided! Painless Fractions is filled with intriguing "Brain Ticklers" and complemented with humorous illustrations. Titles in Barron's extensive Painless Series cover most subjects taught on middle school and high school levels, and are written for students who find the subjects unusually difficult and confusing--or in some cases, just plain boring. 

NEW BONUS FEATURE: Printed inside each new title is a code that gives kids FREE access to subject-related apps. They're arcade games themed to match each book's Painless subject. The apps can be downloaded on any iPhone, iTouch, iPad, or Android device.

School Zone Big Math 1-2

School Zone Workbooks

Here's where it all begins to add up! Early math skills are also life skills, and the Big Math 1-2 Workbook is packed with exercises that make learning fun. These proven activities will help your child be successful in school by teaching addition, subtraction, story problems, time, money, fractions, multiplication, and more. Imagination meets real-world problem-solving. We used The Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), as a guide in writing this book.

Mathtacular Educational Kit


MathTacular Educational Kit gives you the manipulatives you need to get the most from the included MathTacular Manipulatives DVD. You also get a Math Manipulatives Guide which shows you how to get the most from each of the manipulatives included in this kit. This package is distinct from MathTacular. The DVD included in your Educational Kit contains most of the activities included in MathTacular, but focuses on the activities which can be done with the included manipulatives.

Saxon Math 1 Homeschool: Complete Kit 1st Edition

Saxon Homeschool Math

A homeschool favorite, Saxon Math is top choice for parents AND their kids!

Horizons Math 2 - Workbooks 1 & 2

Horizons Math
Horizons 2nd Grade Math Student Book 1 contains fun, entertaining lessons that include: counting and writing numbers by 1s to 100-999; using tally marks; recognizing ordinal numbers to 100, less than, greater than, or equal to; adding and subtraction up to four-digit numbers; and understanding inches, centimeters, linear and English weight equivalents. This full-color student workbook contains lessons 1-80 and perforated pages for easy removal. 

Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie

Math Sorter
The Super Sorting Pie teaches early number skills and attributes, including colors and fruit shapes. Provides supportive visual cues, thanks to the sorting cards that slip into the bottom of the pan. Top crust becomes a bowl to conveniently hold counters. Reinforces fine motor skills when children use jumbo tweezers, featuring depressions that guide little hands into the proper pincer grip. Children are sure to sort, count and relish large servings of fruity pie fun!

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  1. I haven't seen the learning wrap-ups in years! That item truly helped when I was in school! Some of the others I've never seen, but I'm sure are worth checking out. Thanks for sharing!



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