As an elementary school teacher, my goal was to find that balance of student interest and meaningful activities. Now that I am homeschooling my own children, I have the same goal. However, when I reviewed several homeschooling math curriculums, I found a majority of traditional direct teach and skill-and-drill worksheets.
I wanted more from my math curriculum. I was seeking math resources that would engage and challenge my children while keeping learning fun. Evan-Moor is the perfect solution for homeschoolers to seriously consider.
For our math studies, we start our school day with Evan-Moor’s Daily Math Problems. Not only are my children practicing a wide variety of math skills, the story problem format provides opportunity for higher-level thinking. Most days, I hear, “Mommy, can I do another math problem?” Teaching doesn’t get much better than that, right?
When it is time for our morning meeting, we depend on Math for Seasons for further higher-level thinking. Since I am teaching students of different ages, I just adjust the numbers for each of my children’s abilities. Of course, teachers can easily do the same in their classrooms as well. I especially appreciate the wide range of math concepts that are showcased in each of the Math for Seasons books.
Additionally, I use Math for Seasons to introduce math concepts to my children. I can easily assess their problem solving skills and make note of what skills are mastered or need more practice.
When it is time to develop specific math strategies, I depend on Evan-Moor’s Building Math Fluency. The children get excited to learn another “trick” to solve a math problem in a new way. Evan-Moor provides a fun way to practice using 15 different math strategies.
Using Evan-Moor resources has been a complete win-win for our homeschooling. The quality is top-notch, and the cost is very reasonable. And if you ask the kids, they will let you know that Evan-Moor books are “super fun,” which makes the school day more enjoyable for all of us.
Now, it’s your turn. What is your favorite Evan-Moor product? Do your students have a favorite, too? Leave a comment below so we can all learn from each other!
Amy Michaels is a certified teacher with 11 years of elementary classroom experience who is actively homeschooling her own children. Her mission is share the best teaching methods and resources with all homeschoolers. Amy supports parents through her podcasts, webinars, and online training for homeschoolers on her website http://www.thrivehomeschooling.com.