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Top 6 Tips for High School Math

Top 6 Tips for High School Math
Do you get cold sweats just thinking about teaching your teen high school math? Did your last exposure to trigonometry leave you covered in hives? If ...
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Judgement Free Math Tips

Judgement Free Math Tips
This is totally a no judgment zone! Let's talk about homeschool math without making you cry. My article  High School Math without the Moaning &nb...
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Correct Math Sequence

Correct Math Sequence
Correct Math Sequence In what order do you need to teach math? It may surprise you that the order of math covered doesn’t matter as much as ensuring math is taught for four full years in high school. Their high school transcript needs to include four or more credits of math. Four years of math is important because it’s required for high school graduation in every state. It’s also important because almost all colleges require a...
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Choosing Homeschool High School Math Curriculum

Choosing Homeschool High School Math Curriculum
This post contains  affiliate links . If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Choosing Homeschool High School Math Curriculum The key to choosing a high school math program is recognizing that your preferences and learning style may not be the same as your teen's. Your child may learn differently, and require a different program than you would choose for yourself. Teenagers sometimes have pet peeves and...
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Dry Your Tears! Help for Teaching High School Math is Here!

Dry Your Tears! Help for Teaching High School Math is Here!
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for my own coffee break. Dry Your Tears! Help for Teaching High School Math is Here! What are you using for math next year? Do you get cold sweats just thinking about teaching your teen high school math? Did your last exposure to trigonometry leave you covered in hives? If so, you are not alone! Every homeschool...
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Math is Important!

Math is Important!
The engineering community is very concerned about math. The statistics paint a grim picture. Math is Important! 1. Jobs requiring math are increasing at four times the rate of overall job growth 2. American children rank 13th in the world when it comes to basic math skills 3. Less than 1/3 of American 8th graders are at least proficient in math 4. 93% of American 6th to 8th graders realize they need math skills later in life,...
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Do Homeschoolers Really Need Algebra and Geometry to Graduate?

Do Homeschoolers Really Need Algebra and Geometry to Graduate?
Dear Lee, I am worried about math for my 10th grade son. He has struggled in math for years.  Due to some research about dyslexia in my younger son, I stumbled upon something called dyscalculia. I am wondering if my 10th grader has this and how it will affect his chances at getting into a college. My question is, do they really need algebra and geometry to graduate? Thank you for your help, ~ Michelle in...
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Mastery vs. Perfection

Mastery vs. Perfection
I receive many questions from homeschoolers about math. This one is about mastery vs. perfection when it comes to math. Mastery vs. Perfection Dear Lee, Thank you very much for sharing so much with the rest of us homeschoolers! I have a question regarding carelessness.  Using math as an example, my 12 yr. old son is working out of Saxon Algebra 1 currently and is understanding everything very well but gets a few wrong (2-4 on...
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Is Saxon Math Good for Teaching Geometry?

Is Saxon Math Good for Teaching Geometry?
I am often asked about a particular homeschool curriculum. Sandy had a great question about Saxon geometry... Lee, We recently watched your Preparing to Homeschool High School videos in our homeschool group. They were great! I have a question about Saxon Math. My 10th grader is taking Advanced Math and has already completed Algebra 1 and 2. Do you have an opinion about Saxon and the way geometry is included? Would you suggest another route? My...
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Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool - Review

Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool - Review
Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool - Review Did you learn how to take care of your own, personal finances when you were in high school? One of the many benefits of homeschooling is having the time to cover life skills in your homeschool, skills your children will need for the rest of their lives! Many homeschoolers turn to Dave Ramsey to help them teach their kids how to handle their finances once they've left...
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #6

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #6
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #6 Choose to Teach Math Of all the subjects I hear homeschoolers moan about, math is towards the top of the list!  Math seems like such hard work, for both teacher and students! It takes time, practice, and review; then we rinse and repeat! Even for math-loving parents it can be challenging.  As a math person myself, I actually enjoyed teaching math to my kids. At least until we got...
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #5

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #5
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #5 Choose the Correct Supplements There are so many great supplements for math it would be impossible to list them all!  Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing. If you have a child who loves literature but hates numbers, it may be helpful to supplement a math program with books.  One option is the book “Algebra the Easy Way” by Douglas Downing (who happens to be my...
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #4

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #4
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #4 Choose the Correct Speed Whatever level you are facing, teach math at their level, and continue moving forward. Complete one lesson every day, never miss a day. If your child understands a concept, skip the lesson and move on. It's extremely helpful with math-reluctant kids to include math during the summer, so they maintain their understanding.  If possible, do a math section during the summer, unless you are traveling. ...
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #3

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #3
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #3 Have the Correct Attitude They say attitude is everything. It's so true, especially for math! Try not to instill or encourage fear of math.  Do what you can to make it enjoyable or tolerable. Don't label yourself or your children as math-haters.  Another saying is "fake it till you make it." Also true in math! For best results, try to convey a matter-or-fact attitude, rather than horror about daily...
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #2

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #2
Choose the Correct Curriculum A common question between homeschoolers is “what math curriculum do you use?”  We all have our preferences, but in the end there isn’t really one “best” curriculum for everyone, despite what the sales people may tell you at homeschool conventions.  There’s no magic program that will guarantee your child will love math, but there is one key which will at least prevent them from HATING it, and that is to use a...
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