Welcome to the engaging and rewarding world of homeschooling.
You’re one of the brave and lucky ones. You've decided to not only take the leap of courage and school your kids outside of the social norm of school and also, you've signed up to the beautiful bonus of spending more time with your kids (that's my favourite part). Sure, there's a few things to know before getting started, but homeschooling has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.
It's been such a joy and a happiness for me - and for my kids. Worth every second and it's made my girls into the accomplished adults they are today.
Start your homeschooling with a good maths curriculum
Maths is essential. There’s no doubt about it - plus, all the homeschooling regulations require maths to be taught at home (some states have more rigorous reporting procedures about subjects, so it's worth looking into what topics and areas your kids need to cover each year).
There’s a big difference from just “getting through” maths and teaching maths through your homeschooling curriculum to mastery. I went through many homeschool maths curriculums until I found Math-U-See - many curriculums that just sent through the abstract ideas of numbers and didn't teach the full understanding of each concept.
My desire was to ultimately provide my kids with the best resources so they could reach beyond the textbook and utilise their maths knowledge in everyday situations. And, I found something that works. Not only for me, but for thousands of other homeschooling families too.
I mean, imagine you were never taught maths at school. Imagine growing up and not knowing what numbers were or how to use them. Imagine not being able to count out your change, budget your weekly expenses or run your own business because you weren’t taught maths effectively. You would be devastated!
With the current situation of maths being taught in schools, Australian average results are dropping drastically. The use of textbooks and the rise of online maths work takes away the most important part of maths - the hands-on aspect of numbers.
Using hands-on manipulatives and teaching methods, true maths mastery can be successfully taught. Maths mastery shows students the patterns in maths, why they are learning and how they can apply maths in their everyday lives. These skills are fundamental. When kids have a strong grasp of maths, it provides ongoing opportunities and not only enhance confidence in using maths on a day-to-day level, but also increases confidence in all areas of life.* This is important not only for keeping up school grades but also for future jobs, career and life choices.
I believe every child deserves (and has a right to!) the opportunity to be taught maths in the best and most supportive way, whether it be for general instruction, intervention, learning differences or support for gifted children that need specific instruction at their own pace.
*Research proves that kids gaining confidence in maths dramatically affects their confidence across all subjects and aspects of life.
Why Math-U-See is the most popular program on the market
The Math-U-See program teaches to maths mastery, and follows step-by-step instructions to teach your child maths at home. These instructions are simple, easy to follow and perfect for parents who are math geniuses as well as those with little maths skills.
- using multi-sensory, hands on teaching methods
- step by step instructions
- easy video lessons (like having your own tutor in your living room!)
- shows you simple ways to increase maths confidence in your kids
- Uses games and activities to engage with maths in a fun and easy way
- Uses a strong testing pathway to ensure the student has fully understood each topic before moving forward
Based on research proven methods, Math-U-See teaches foundational, fundamental and sequential maths. Using hands-on, multi sensory blocks, numbers are introduced with colours (proven to increase number recall), student practice sheets and end-of-lesson tests, as well as a variety of games, activities and songs, making maths easy, engaging and fun.
So if you’re looking for a solution, sick of maths programs that don’t work or have bored kids and hate maths class, join thousands of other parents just like you who have (thanks to Math-U-See) happy kids! You can see the full Math-U-See program here.
Where do I start?
First of all, its important to identify how much your child knows (and the gaps that need to be filled in). The Online Placement Test is easy to use and takes your child through multiple questions, determining their maths understanding. Results are automatically calculated and you'll be directed to the best place to start for your child.
Once you know where your child is at, you can start building from there. Most kids have gaps in their understanding which, right now, don’t make much difference, but as they progress into learning more complicated maths problems, they struggle endlessly! It's the same as building a house; if the foundations are weak, you’ll have a house that falls over when the first storm hits.
You can take the free Online Placement Test here:
The best programs for all the other subjects
After you’ve sorted your maths out, check out our great list of effective and educational curriculums for English, History, Geography, Science, Music and more (recommended by home-schooling mums who have used the programs themselves!). You can read the full post here.
For State Laws and Registrations
If you want to check out the homeschooling regulations for your state, choose from the list below. If you've already decided to go ahead with homeschooling and need to register, you can also find that info by following the links below.
Let us know if you need any more information to get you started!
The Team at Maths Australia