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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 ...
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"Saxon Math and Phonics" Resources

"Saxon Math and Phonics" Resources
If Saxon is a good fit for your child, now is a great time to buy.  Saxon Math is having a great sale until 5/31, if you are looking for a d...
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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 personality quirks...
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Guest — Jo Ann
Great comments here! Thanks to all who have posted. We were hitting a brick wall with Saxon, but after switching to Life of Fred f... Read More
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:27
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thank you for the encouragement, Jo Ann! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:28
Guest — Robyn
Great idea to have your teens choose their math program. I will have my twins look at the links you provided. I didn't see Teachi... Read More
Friday, 06 September 2013 07:48
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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 growth2. American children rank 13th in the world when it comes to basic math skills3. Less than 1/3 of American 8th graders are at least proficient in math4. 93% of American 6th to 8th graders realize they need math skills later in life, but few directly...
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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 Oregon Do Homeschoolers...
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Guest — Evelyn Krieger
There are ways of teaching algebra and geometry in a very basic way. It is not uncommon for good schools to offer 3 levels of eac... Read More
Friday, 21 June 2013 10:24
Guest — Karleen Mauldin
Here's an idea for Michelle in Orgeon: Perhaps try to find a tutor who could tutor your son with the sole aim of passing the Coll... Read More
Thursday, 23 August 2012 13:51
Guest — Jean Lynd
While I won't say that all colleges require those levels of math, as a homeschooling mom who is trying to get a kid into college t... Read More
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:51
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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 average,...
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Guest — Suzanne (princapecos)
When we used Saxon, we began also using the DIVE CDs. While you may not need that extra help, one thing the DIVE teacher encourage... Read More
Friday, 08 May 2015 12:28
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's a great idea, Suzanne! Kids will find that process more encouraging, and certainly more enlightening! Robin Assistant to Th... Read More
Monday, 11 May 2015 22:45
Guest — Jill Pike
I do have a son in engineering, and college has encouraged him to take the time (on tests, anyway!) to check and recheck answers. ... Read More
Thursday, 03 January 2013 09:09
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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 eighth grader...
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Guest — Sally
There's so much truth in this statement, "The problem with teenagers is that you have to match their learning style AND their pref... Read More
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 20:02
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Sally, Knowing your child is something homeschooling moms do better than anyone else! You figured out what she needed, and yo... Read More
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 21:02
Guest — Lisa
Hello, My son took Saxon Alg 1 in his Freshman year, Saxon Alg 2 in his Sophomore year. I am not sure if I should have him take ... Read More
Friday, 10 July 2015 19:19
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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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Guest — Kim C
Thank you Robin. And are there products that will be mailed to his house? What are those products?
Thursday, 09 April 2020 19:23
Robin
Hi Kim, I don't know, since it's sold by Ramsy Education. "PDF and Streaming" sounds to me like an online-only thing, but I'm onl... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2020 20:43
Guest — Kim C
I want to buy for my grandson, it's $19.99 on sale for Middle Schoolers. But printing out stuff at his house would be an issue. ... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2020 18:32
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #6

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #6
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #6Choose 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 into...
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Guest — Lee
I'm so glad you are finding it helpful! Hang in there, Kris! Blessings, Lee
Friday, 01 November 2013 13:03
Guest — Kris
Thanks, Lee, for your math tips! Couldn't have come at a better time. Both my son and myself are moaning about math right now! ... Read More
Thursday, 31 October 2013 17:27
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #5

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #5
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #5Choose 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 son’s economics...
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #4

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #4
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #4Choose 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.  Most...
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #3

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #3
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #3Have 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 work.If...
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Great advice! Thanks, Lee!
Monday, 21 October 2013 19:06
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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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