Most people focus on reading and writing in the early years. And while I don’t think this is a bad thing, math is often left behind…at least in part. Before we started homeschooling, I really thought Kindergarten was going to be the “easy subject.” But after going through it with four children, I am of the belief it is one of the more difficult ages to teach.
Not necessarily because of what you teach, but how much you teach. From reading to writing to numbers and more! And while we typically focus more on the learn through play aspect in the early years, we do try to buckle down more for Kindergarten.
In the beginning, choosing curriculum can be a daunting task. There are so many choices and opinions about what’s best for this child or that. After we found a curriculum that worked for our oldest, that is what I stuck with as the other children got older.
You might remember that we switched our math curriculum a couple of years ago, and I now I can’t imagine using anything else. It is by far our favorite choice for math and now that we have used it this year with our fourth child through Kindergaten, I am convinced it will literally work for anyone!
Some math curriculum’s are good for visual learners and some are good for kinesthetic learners, but CTCMath is literally perfect for both! In fact, it will help them develop the one that is not their forte, while they are learning! It really is that good!! And I believe it gives a well-rounded and solid foundation in math, that so many programs seem to lack.
But I also believer there are 3 reasons choosing a math curriculum that builds a solid foundation is imperative to your student’s success.
3 Reasons You Need a Solid Math Foundation
Math builds on what you’ve learned – In math, every lesson builds on the one before. Numbers turn in to addition and subtraction, which leads to multiplication and division and so on. If a child doesn’t know their numbers, they can’t add or subtract (at least on paper). Once they master their numbers, addition comes next and if they don’t have a solid foundation, they will struggle in subtraction moving forward.
Math is used daily – My children like to tell me they will choose a career that doesn’t require math. However, I am quick to remind them that even if their chosen career doesn’t revolve around math, they will still use math in their daily lives. From paying bills and managing their finances to telling time, math is all around us. We start teaching our children from a young age how to pay for their toys (using birthday or Christmas money), so understand they have their budget and we require them to add up their purchases to stay within that budget.
Math is absolute – Math is not negotiable. Unlike popularity and opinion (which changes), 1+1 will always equal 2, it will never equal 4. It is an absolute truth that it equals 2 and it is absolutely false that it equals 4. Learning that absolute truths exist can help children understand how to live in a world of shifting opinions, where the world tries to teach us that what is absolutely false, or wrong, should be treated as possible, or right. Math stands in opposition to a relativistic worldview and stands in support of a worldview where right is always right and wrong is always wrong.
I am so please to have CTCMath as our sponsor this month. Over the last two years they have completely transformed the math lessons and learning in our homeschool and I simply can’t share about them enough. They offer full curriculum for Kindergarten through Calculus, that can be used in homeschools or as a supplement to public/private school students for extra practice.
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