In over 5 years of homeschooling my own children, plus being homeschooled all the way through myself, I have been through a lot of different math programs. The one that we have stayed with the longest and that has worked best for our family has been Horizons math (click here for the up close). It has given us a solid foundation and my kids have done well with it overall. I also liked the fact that it was straight to the point and wasn’t teacher intensive. But for the past 2 years or so, we have struggled with their math and the lack of teacher’s help for teaching new concepts. I also began seeing that my kids could do different math equations, but they didn’t understand why they were doing them. They could work out the problem in their math book, but they weren’t really seeing the connection to real life and how to practically use it.
Through research, prayer, and taking a step back to evaluate what my focus is in homeschooling. I decided to make a switch! For a while I have been drawn to The Good and the Beautiful Math and how amazing it looked. I also thought that we use everything else from them and my kids are thriving, the one area is math that isn’t going the best which we don’t use from them…so maybe there’s a correlation? 😉
Truthfully, though I’ve always been really nervous about trying something so hands-on. It seemed like it would be very overwhelming, and I didn’t know if it would be possible to do with multiple kids. But after looking through part 1 book of level 3, it gives me hope that not only can we do a more hands on program, but it also doesn’t have to be overwhelming either! Not only can my kids have fun doing math and it be practical, but I can still keep my sanity as well! 😉
My plan is to switch all my kids coming soon here, so I’ll have one in level 3, 1, and K. Then when 4 is released in December I’ll switch my oldest daughter into it as well. So if you’re interested in seeing our journey using it with multiple kids and organizing it, be sure to subscribe and stay tune for more post coming out! 🙂
I am excited to make this switch and really think it will help my kids not only have fun doing math, but help them understand how math relates to real life. My daughter is very excited about starting it, and my other kids are now itching to have such a beautiful, hands- on math as well! 🙂
More to come in the next few weeks of how I’m going to organize it, the other levels we are doing, and how I’m going to balance it with 2 other kiddos being in different levels!