AHEART #15 | How To Choose Best Homeschool Math Curriculum

This is part one of a two part series focused on how to choose the best homeschool math curriculum for struggling students.  Diversity of learning styles, cognitive differences, and specific life circumstances impact the learning experience of each student.

 

Math Curriculum: Mastery Vs Spiral

It is crucial for parents to understand that every child is truly unique. Every person learns best when equipped based on his or her own unique wiring.  There are two different approaches to math curricula out there: Spiral-based and Mastery-based.

For our kids who struggle to learn new math concepts, a mastery-based homeschool math curriculum may serve them well.  Spiral-based curricula offer more variety in that they tend to introduce a new topic each week.

Interestingly, neither Mastery-based nor Spiral-based homeschool math is better than the other.  What works best will be completely dependent upon your unique child.

Whether your child does well with one or the other will be based on a number of variables: frustration tolerance, aptitude for math, need for variety, etc.  Like everything else, it all depends on the learner.

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Links And Resources: Homeschool Math Curriculum

 

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Podcast Audio Text

This is part 1 of a two part series focused on how to choose the best homeschool math curriculum for struggling students.

Isn’t that the million dollar question, right?

As homeschool moms begin to plan for the new school year, we want to do the “right and best” thing for our kids.

Many families choose to homeschool when the traditional system fails their child. Honestly, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this happens.

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Key Ideas And Concepts About How To Choose Best Homeschool Math Curriculum

Our educational system is designed to serve the masses. By virtue of being a system, it can’t provide an optimal learning environment for every child.

Diversity of learning styles, cognitive differences, and specific life circumstances impact the learning experience of each student.

Kids with ADHD, Autism, dyslexia and other outside-the-box learning styles are often served very well when homeschooled.

When a new homeschool mom asks about the best homeschool curriculum, there really is no one right answer.

Your focus needs to be what is the best homeschool curriculum for my child at this time?

There are two different approaches to math curricula out there: Spiral-based and Mastery-based.

Mastery-based homeschool math curriculum focuses on just that. Mastering concepts.

Spiral-based curricula offer more variety in that they tend to introduce a new topic each week.

Neither Mastery-based nor Spiral-based homeschool math is better than the other.

Ultimately, what approach works best will depend on the unique-wiring of your student.

Whether your child does well with one or the other will be based on a number of variables: frustration tolerance, aptitude for math, need for variety, etc. It all depends on the learner.

 

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  • [02:07] Neurodivirsity
  • [03:18] Prioritize Learning Outcomes
  • [04:05] Reframe The Question Helps
  • [04:47] Some Questions Before Buying
  • [06:01] Spiral VS Mastery Math Curriculum
  • [09:21] ADHD Brain & Spiral
  • [10:48] How To Choose Math Curriculum

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