Money and Time-Saving Homeschooling Math Tips
Homeschooling math doesn't have to be hard and you don't have to spend a lot of money to find success. With a little creativity and some items from around your house, you can enjoy saving money while maximizing your time.
1. Don't Skimp on Your Math Program
Make sure you buy the teacher manual, test and answer keys, and solution manual (for older grades). Having the complete lessons and answers available, saves you time and eliminates unnecessary frustration.
Dollar stores and outlet warehouses are great places to find cheap math workbooks, but skipping around from different work book to different work book, can leave gaps in your child’s learning. Make sure the workbooks or curriculum you use cover all the topics your child will need to build a firm foundation for the later grades or next level.
2. Purchase Kits to Save Money and Time
Curriculum kits provide a cost-effective way for you to purchase everything you need to teach your math lessons. You will not waste your time by scrambling around looking for the items you need for your lessons. Also, kits usually cost less that purchasing each item separately.
Sometimes, curriculum kits come with unnecessary expensive "gadgetry" that you could easily substitute with less expensive or household items, so keep an eye out for that, especially if you need to watch your budget.
3. Use Older Children to Tutor Younger Students
A great way to free up some of your time is to let your older children help with their younger siblings. All kids love to show others what they know. Use this to your advantage by letting them teach homeschooling math lessons, read questions or help when math problems arise.
Allowing older children the opportunity to teach will also reinforce the concepts they have already mastered. It also provides a way for them to help others, as well as learn to explain or communicate clearly.
4. Enlist the Help of Younger Children Too!
Homeschooling math lessons can take a long time sometimes, especially with daily skip counting and flash cards, etc. You may find you don't have time to just sit there day in and day out going over all the drills to complete lessons. The temptation is to eliminate certain activities to move lessons along.
Instead, how about using your younger children at certain times to help you?
When my older daughter spent time each day going over her flashcards, my younger daughter would hold them up for her older sister and tell her if she got the correct answer. It not only gave me some extra time, but my older daughter learned her math facts and my younger daughter, her numbers.
5. Make Your Own or Use What You Have
Save money by making your own manipulatives, or use items from around the house. Beanie babies, cards, Lego, or other toys are perfect for demonstrating math concepts to younger children.
6. Accredited Curriculum Doesn't Mean Better
Accredited homeschooling curriculum doesn't mean it's better than non-accredited materials. Accreditation just means that the curriculum has been approved by a third-party accrediting agency.
Choose quality educational programs and courses that meet both your family's needs and budget.
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