A reader recently left a comment in a post from March about homeschooling. I'm going to share her comment with you, and then reply to by way of a series of posts. I figured that's better than taking up a bunch of space in the comment box of an old post, and maybe it will be of interest to others, too.
Here's her comment:
Okay, first up- resources for math: After waffling in three different math curriculums, for three different kids, over the course of a few years, this past year we made the brilliant decision to stick to just one. Mark and I chose the one we thought was the most comprehensive, and each of our kids is doing Rod & Staff. We purchase the student books and the teacher manual and we pick and choose problems from each lesson for the kids to do. Rod & Staff is a very thorough math curriculum, and each lesson incorporates review/drill work from previous lessons, so while we do some review and drill work, we do NOT do every problem. It would simply be too much. PLUS: We do Charlotte Mason's 20-minute lessons, remember? (I talked a little bit about that in this post.) So I set the timer, they work diligently until the timer goes off, and then we close the math books.
We also incorporate flash cards. And occasionally-- just to change things up-- we'll do either math drills or this fun math game.
Next up I'll talk about Dictation.