Free Homeschool Math Curriculum
Several weeks ago, after purchasing the next books in the Life of Fred series, the book seller (Ray at Horrible Books) told me about Khan Academy. Now, you’ve probably heard of it. I knew about it, or thought I did. I knew they made videos and made learning math easier if you watched their videos.
What I didn’t know is that the entire site is a fantastic mathematics learning portal that the entire family can use. In fact, if you’re looking for a free homeschool math curriculum, you could easily use this one as your main learning tool for math.
Because it’s set up as a portal for educators, they have some wonderful tools for homeschoolers who want to use it, either as their main source of math learning or as a supplement. I set up accounts for both of my kids as well as myself, then set my kids as students in my school.
Every school day, I have the kids complete at least one Mastery Challenge and at least two Practice sessions. My daughter is doing the Early Math mission and my son is trying to master 4th grade. Just to show him that it could be done, I spent my first few weeks on the site 100% mastering the 4th grade topics.
What I truly love are the weekly reports Khan Academy sends me. I see how much time my kids spent on the site, what things they learned, what videos they watched, and what things they are struggling with. Each week, I usually find one or two tasks that I see they need more practice on, and I can make Recommendations for them. When they log on, those Recommended tasks will show up near the top of their lists, so they know to do those first.
It’s been a wonderful resource for me, as well, as I try to brush up on my own math knowledge to keep ahead of the kids. I’ve been doing a lot of The World of Math, which can include things as simple as counting objects and as complex as factoring polynomials or finding reflection points in equations. When I come to something I don’t know how to do, I can either click “I haven’t learned this yet” OR I can watch the video that is attached to the question and see if I can figure it out. I have re-learned many things this way.
If you are looking for a good math curriculum or a great math supplement, I highly recommend this free website. Get an account for yourself, too. You’ll be smarter for it!