**Math. It’s almost a dirty word to some homeschoolers.**

*Or wait a minute… maybe that’s just me?*

No, I am not a math genius. Math is far from my favorite subject.

And yet, everyday I have four children before me who need to learn math.

### So I decided a long time ago that **I was going to do my best to make math fun (for their sake ***and* for my own). Here’s my approach.

*and*for my own).

## Customize Math To Your Child (and Make Math Fun)

My math approach is a little different. We do follow a general curriculum (I list a few of my favorites below). But, as we’re progressing through the curriculum workbooks, I also really try to **focus on three things** (which are happening concurrently):

**Learn the Material Through a Strong Curriculum.**Do they know the material? Are they really getting it (no matter if they’ve finished the lesson or not)?

**Practice Core Skills.**What are the root skills for this math material? Does my child have a strong knowledge base in this area? How am I incorporating this into everyday math activities?

**Play with Math.**How can I make the learning come alive (and make math fun)?

I don’t strive to finish a workbook by a certain time in the year. And I don’t have my children’s math assignments pre-planned for weeks in advance. I’ve found that both of these things bring more frustration to an already potentially frustrating school subject.

Instead being given a pre-planned number of pages as a daily math assignment, **my kids work on math for a certain amount of time each day as appropriate for their grade level.** I feel this makes room for whatever amount of teaching time they need for that day (from me, or from the curriculum); and it gives space for learning/practice time to flow appropriately with the child’s ability to do a specific math task. In other words, if the math lesson for the day is easy, they will probably get more pages done; while if the math lesson is difficult, they may have less pages completed but will have still had their extra effort acknowledged.

## Awesome Math Curriculum

First, I introduce the topics through a solid workbook curriculum. Here are some math programs that we’ve used and can recommend.

Note: I am notorious for using multiple curriculums and online sources as teaching materials. Bottom line: if the workbook is progressing too quickly through a subject or is skipping around in a way that doesn’t make sense to my child, I have no problem stepping back from the curriculum for a while and working on skills until a child is ready to progress. This is why I hold on to old half-completed math workbooks. I almost always find a good use for them!

## Resources That Teach Core Math Learning Skills

Remember how I talked about practicing “core root skills” as a regular part of math time?

Again, I’m no mathematician, but I’ve realized in hindsight that **my math skills could have been a lot stronger when I was a student if I’d had some regular key concepts drilled into my brain.** And I’ve had this hunch confirmed by several people who are much smarter than me in math.

At the top of those core math skills? The basics: addition, subtraction, division… **but mainly multiplication.**

Which is why **I teach my kids skip counting as early as possible.** I waited to teach skip counting to my older kids, and I can see the difference between their math skills and their sister’s (who learned skip counting as a kindergartner).

Here are some fun skip counting resources, plus some of my must-haves for teaching new concepts or working with them on core skills.

lap-sized whiteboard | dry erase pens |

Digital Timer | Math Flashcards |

Playing cards (so many math games to play with cards!) | Learning Manipulatives |

Skip Counting Songs on CD (like this one) | Free Math worksheets: here, here and here |

### Here’s a list of more free online math tools and printable worksheets!

## Yes, Math Can Be Fun (Really!)

Check out these fun books and resources that turn math into a game!

## Other Posts about Teaching Math or Other Homeschool Subjects:

When Your Child Needs Help With Math

Best Homeschool History and Books

Fabulously Fun Science Curriculum Ideas

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### About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of *Plan to Be Flexible*, *The Back to School Survival Manual*; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.