Schiller Math

Schiller Math Kit
Larry Schiller

This is an impressive, complete, scripted, Montessori-based Math program. Though it's not 100% purist Montessori (for example, some of the manipulatives will provide changes in color and shape at the same time, where Montessori was very fussy about only working with one attribute at a time), I think it does a really nice job of incorporating her most critical ideas.

Cuisenaire Rods

When I first researched homeschooling products and resources, I spent quite some time looking at different math manipulatives. For one thing, there are so many, and for another, I love math. I remember wondering whether these colored rods would really be worth purchasing, as they are on the expensive side. And my math education, as far as I could remember, had been accomplished without a single manipulative.

Then I found Miquon Math, and immediately liked the concept. Miquon uses Cuisenaire rods as their primary manipulative, so with some trepidation, I acquired a starter set.

My First Number Book

Book cover: 'My First Number Book'
Marie Heinst

This delightful picture book introduces many math concepts to preschoolers. We have enjoyed working through concepts such as counting, matching, sorting, sets, and sequencing. The illustrated pages make it fun for my son to discover more, less, and equal, addition and subtraction, geometric solids, and more. For example, matching begins with familiar matching pairs such as handprints, shoes, and earrings. Ideas of more or less begin to take shape as the child ponders such questions as, "Are there enough collars for the puppies?"

Math 7: A Teaching Textbook

Teaching Textbooks 7
Greg Sabouri
Shawn Sabouri

My son began this school year with Saxon's Math 76. It was his third year of using Saxon, and while the first year had helped a lot with his accuracy and consistency, he was starting to burn out on it. Math 76 wasn't working so well for him (perhaps just his learning style) so I began looking around for something else. Then I heard that Teaching Textbooks had just come out with Math 7. After some investigation, we got the CDs (the book wasn't yet available, but TT offered free PDF downloads to customers) and my son started on it.

Great Estimations

Bruce Goldstone

Great Estimations is an eye-popping introduction to the art of, or perhaps the science of, mathematical estimation. Bold colors and clear photographs are used to demonstrate simple, concrete approaches to an abstract mathematical concept. Penguins and pennies. Jelly beans and elbow macaroni. Plastic shoes and paper clips. Practice the techniques for eye training and the methods for clump counting and box counting. Then you can estimate how many of them there are - maybe before your young student does!

The Dot and the Line

Norton Juster

Freedom is not a license for chaos. is my son's signature below his email messages. It was written by Norton Juster, of The Phantom Toolbooth fame, and it comes from our almost-17-year-old's favorite book.

Also see:

The Mental Math Series by Kathy French

Related Websites:

Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies is a free educational web site featuring interactive math lessons. "Our lessons use a problem-solving approach and actively engage students in the learning process. We also offer many other useful resources including Chat Boards, Puzzles, a Math Image Library, Educational Links, Calculators, and much more!"

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Although these materials may all be used as early as preschool, most are intended for a rather broad age range and can be used well beyond the preschool years.

Also see: Preschool and Math

Math Memory

Book cover: 'Math Memory: A Game of Concentration to Build Math Skills'

Creative Toys, 1997, 140 study cardboard cards in a standard game box


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