Do you need some homeschool math teaching strategies for your arsenal? Are you jumping out of your skin in eager anticipation knowing you get to teach math in your homeschool each day? If you’re one of those lucky mommas whose kids love math, go on with your bad self. But if the answers to these questions are not a resounding yes, then I’m here to help.
In today’s episode, I share 11 effective homeschool math teaching strategies to help you teach your child without losing your mind.
When our kids resist or struggle with math or any subject, it’s not easy. This is especially true when that resistance leads to tough behaviors. But I want to encouraged you. Starting today, I want you to begin thinking about your child’s resistance to learning math as a challenge. Think of it as a game. Here’s why.
Tears, meltdowns, or any resistance to math is your clue that something is going on behind the scenes. When you see this, get excited. You’ve got a mystery to solve. (Wait… isn’t that from a kids show?)
11 Homeschool Math Teaching Strategies: Stop The INSANITY!
Behavior is information and that information is your key to solving the math learning struggles. While the tears and meltdowns are incredibly stressful for the homeschool mom and her struggling student, it’s essential to step back and assess the situation before reacting. Doing so will help you better teach your child. Whether it’s multiplication facts, long-division (ugh) or algebraic functions, we’ve got to stop the spin cycle of homeschool math stress.
- Change Your Thinking
- Find The Gap In Foundational Skills
- Formal Assessment
- Informal Assessment Questions
- Focus On One Math Objective
- Breathe & Don’t Give In To Fear
- Short Bursts Of Stress-Free Math
- Favorite Math Resources
- Multisensory Multiplication Tables Resource
- Get School System Out Of Your Head
- Remember The Pros Of Homeschooling
- BONUS- You Are The Teacher & That’s A Good Thing
BONUS: Use Visual Support For Struggling Math Students
We’ve been designed by God with multiple sensory systems for a reason. Consistent visual supports supported by color-coding and directives will only solidify math concepts.
I created the above chicken-scratch drawing when working alongside my daughter. She now has a visual reference to help her build fluency. When she no longer needs it, she’ll drop the visual.
This is not cheating! Don’t push your kid to stop using visual supports too soon. Give them what they need to move forward.
Top Supplemental Math Tools That Are ESSENTIAL
So listen in to the episode as I dive deep into each homeschool math teaching strategy. I’m super pumped to share with you TWO of my favorite math supplements that will literally end the multiplication facts drama for good. One of these homeschool math teaching tools is a new FAVORITE of mine and I’ve been using it every day for the past month.
Cross Seven Math Memory Work & More
Cross Seven Classical Memory Work system is OFF-THE-HOOK-AMAZING!!!! I discovered it about a month ago and was literally jumping out of my skin in excitement. This memory work system is similar to another very popular classical homeschooling company, but Cross Seven has taken it up 20 notches!
I’ve always recommended skip counting songs for multiplication and other math facts. The power of the brain and its ability to memorize through song is unparalleled!
Homeschool Math Support For ADHD, Autism & Right Brains
For kids with ADHD, Autism and other outside-the-box ways of thinking, music is often a learning strength. Use your child’s strengths to equip them to learn effectively. Cross Seven Classical Memory Work subscription service is an incredible tool to help your child learn
They’ve added video (visual) elements for every piece of memory work which is incredible for our visual learners as well. Full review coming soon.
- English grammar (my favorite subject to teach- LOVE it!!!)
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Homeschool Math Supplement– Multiplication Facts For Good
Additionally, in this episode I mention Times Tales. So good, Friend!
If your children are struggling with memorizing their math facts, I highly recommend Times Tales for multiplication fact mastery. This program was created by homeschool moms desperate to help their kids learn those foundational multiplication facts. These are great especially with a visual and musical, right-brain learner. It uses mneumonics, animation and story to connect each fact deeply into the memory.
Homeschool Math Teaching Strategies: Listen & Be Encouraged!
Listen to the episode and be encouraged! Remember, ADHD, Autism, and all learning differences are just that: A different way to learn. Our kids can thrive when equipped based on who they are. Promise you. There’s so much hope!
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