October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up | 2017

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay!

Today I  am sharing our October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up. This post is more than a little late, but life has been a bit crazy lately. I run a rental company (This makes me sound way  more “with it” than I am… We have one rental home down in NC that I manage.), and we have some serious issues happening with a HVAC project gone wrong. On top of that lovely gem of a mess, our house is under attack by all the germs. So instead of sniffing and coughing my way through a video, I am just doing a blog update this time around.

 

Here are my October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up Highlights…

This year we are using Level 100, Level 7, and Level 3 from BookShark. I have split our books up by level, so it is easy to follow. In this family we like to #KeepItReal, so I have tried to share all the little comments my children made after reading the books.

Level 100

October Reading Wrap Up BookShark Level 100

  1. Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
    Kenten-2 star
    Roxanne-No rating 
    {Level 100 is designed for the student to do most of the work on their own, so I will not having ratings for some of this level’s books unless I read them prior to this program.}
  2. History of U.S. (Volume 1) by Joy Hakim
    Kenten-1 star
    {This book is a “baby” book. It is more Jack’s level than mine.}
  3. Amos Fortune by Elizabeth Yates
    Kenten-5 star
    Roxanne-5 star

Level 7

October Reading Wrap Up BookShark Level 7

  1. The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell
    Julia-1 star
    {This book is well written, but I did not enjoy the story.}
    Roxanne-3 star
    {This was supposed to be a reader. Julia disliked it so much that I took over the reading, and read aloud after chapter 3.}
  2. Robotics by Kathy Ceceri
    Julia-2 star
    Roxanne-3 star
    {There is a lot of great information in this book, but we did not love any of the labs.}
  3. Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
    Julia-4 star
    Roxanne-4 star

Level 3

October Reading Wrap Up BookShark Level 3

  1. Walk the World’s Rim by Betty Baker
    Jack-3 star
    Roxanne-3 star
  2. A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
    Jack-5 star
    Roxanne-4 star
    {Jack absolutely loved this book! He asked to read ahead almost every day.}
  3. Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla
    Jack-5 star
    Roxanne-4 star
    {This was another hit! We finished this book weeks ahead of the schedule.}
  4. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
    Jack-4.5 star
    Roxanne-5 star
    {This was a great conversation starter. Jack and I discussed so many things about the way people lived “back in the day”, and we finished way ahead of schedule for this book as well.}

Final Thoughts…

Overall I feel as though we had a good reading month! It was definitely a rocky start to this program for Julia since she disliked one of the first books she had to read, but we powered through. She is obsessed with the new book she is reading, so we have found our groove.

I am really happy with our curriculum selections this year. I have not seen Kenten this excited about reading for years, and Jack obviously loves his book selections as well seeing as we are weeks ahead in his reading!

Thank you for joining us for our October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up!

If you are interested in the other books we will be reading this year, head over to my curriculum page. You can find all the details there. 

What did you read this month? I would love to follow along on your reading journey. 

 

 

Inside Look: Curriculum

Want an inside look at our curriculum selections?

Before I purchase any curriculum I do tons of research... Part of that research consists of watching videos with sneak peaks inside the books. Today I am doing my version of an Inside Look: Curriculum. I already shared our Level 3, Level 7, and Level 100 BookShark materials with you, but I am just getting around to sharing our Timberdoodle and Amazon purchases. Check out my video below to see Kenten's science and our STEM.

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Thank you for watching!

I hope you enjoyed my little Inside Look: Curriculum. I would love to see what STEM and art materials all of you are using this year. Comment below or on my channel.

BookShark’s Level 100 Package

Want a peak at what is included in BookShark’s Level 100 Package?

Today I am sharing a video walk-through of BookShark’s Level 100 American History & Literature kit. We are so excited to be using BookShark  for the very first time this year. Although we started school a few weeks ago we were waiting for Kenten’s science materials to arrive before starting any of our new curriculum. Thankfully the last of our core materials are here, so we can finally dig into all these amazing books from BookShark.

Check out my video…

A special thank you to my hubby for picking up lights, and helping me set up my “studio” every time I want to shoot a new video. It is a work in progress, but I think we are getting better at this whole YouTube thing.

Sidenote… I promise I know how to pronounce “Sacajawea” (bahahaha)! As you can tell I obviously didn’t realize I mispronounced it while recording. Immediately after this video I got to work putting together my Instructor’s Guide Binder, so I couldn’t redo the video and still show the items individually.

That’s it… Thank you for watching!

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9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

This year we have reached a new milestone... My first baby is starting highschool! What? How did this happen? Check out our 9th grade homeschool curriculum picks below.

There was a lot of hesitation when I had to choose Kenten's 9th grade homeschool curriculum this year. I'm not going to lie... Beginning this highschool journey is terrifying! I have not felt this nervous about homeschooling since our first year. Hopefully just like our first year those jitters will disappear quickly as we fall into our routine. I went back and forth between purchasing Timberdoodle, Build Your Library, or Bookshark for Kenten.

Ultimately I decided on Bookshark Level 100: American History & Literature. Since I will be using Bookshark with my other children, I thought it would be easier to have some consistency. The downside is that Level 100 is NOT an "all subject package" like many of Bookshark's other levels. Additionally, Level 100 is the highest level currently available, so if we decide to continue with Bookshark for our 2018-2019 school year I may need to find something new for Kenten. I contacted Bookshark and they told me that they do plan to release more highschool levels, but there is not a set schedule yet. Hopefully by this time next year the new levels will be available.

What does Bookshark Level 100 include?

Below you will find everything included in the Level 100 American History & Literature package. I will note any customization selections I made.

History

  • Before Columbus
  • The Boy's War
  • Sacajawea
  • Freedom Walkers
  • The Great Little Madison
  • Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
  • World War II
  • Dragon's Gate
  • Farewell to Manzanar
  • What Is the Panama Canal?
  • A History of US (Hmm... This was not on the "what's included" list provided on Bookshark's website, but it does come with your bundle. If you already own A History of US you can opt out of purchasing it.)
  • History 120 Instructor's Guide

Literature & Language Arts

  • Elijah of Buxton
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Rules of the Rod
  • Children of the Longhouse
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man
  • A Long Way From Chicago
  • When You Reach Me
  • Bound for Oregon
  • The Call of the Wild
  • The View from Saturday
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw
  • Indian Captive
  • Out of the Dust
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • A Treasury of Poetry for Young People
  • A Year Down Yonder
  • American Historical Literature & Language Arts 130 Instructor's Guide
  • American Historical Literature & Language Arts 130 Student Guide
  • Wordly Wise 9 (This is a supplement-I opted to add this to our bundle. We used Wordly Wise a few years ago, and it was a wonderful addition to our homeschool.)
  • Analogies 2 (This is a supplement- I opted to add this to our bundle. You can add-on Wordly Wise and Analogies 2 for a very reasonable price, so I decided to try this out!)

Required Resources
Please note that if you already own the "Required Resources", you can remove this package from your bundle. Since this is our first year using Bookshark we purchased these items.

  • D-Ring 3-inch Binder with Tabs
  • Markable Map
  • Markable Map Markers
  • The Timeline Book

What other materials will we use to complete our 9th grade homeschool curriculum?

As I mentioned earlier Level 100 is not an "all subject package", so we will be adding on a number of materials. I will separate these extra materials by subject.
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Math

  • Teaching Textbooks Algebra I (Kenten started this program after Christmas last year. He has been working through Algebra I all summer, and will need to complete this level before moving onto Geometry.)
  • Teaching Textbooks Geometry

Science

Language Arts

Foreign Language

  • Rosetta Stone: German
    Note: I purchased levels 1-5 years ago. We have used this program off and on, but this year I am determined to be more consistent!

STEM
Kenten will be trying out Duinokit Jr. this year. All of my children are excited to check out this product!

Will Kenten participate in the homeschool partnership?

Yes, Kenten will be enrolled in the following class:

  • Martial Arts Level 2
  • Martial Arts: Highschool

This year the partnership is offering classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kenten really enjoyed the Martial Arts class he was in last year, and decided to take two different courses this year. Thankfully we live just around the corner from the partnership, so Kenten will be able to walk up to the building on Tuesdays while I stay home with Jack and Julia.

Some of you are probably wondering why I have purchased so many language arts materials... Kenten only has one class on Thursdays at the partnership, he most likely will stay home for part of the day. He will be expected to complete extra language arts and math assignments during this time. Occasionally he will spend more time at the partnership as an assistant in the Robotics class offered at the partnership. What 9th grade homeschool curriculum package would be complete without volunteer hours? Shhhh! Kenten doesn't know I signed him up for this yet. He will be an amazing assistant though. Out of all my children, Kenten is definitely the best with younger children.

Thank you for checking out our 9th grade homeschool curriculum picks! Want to see our 2017-2018 plan & fun books, our 5th grade curriculum, or 7th grade curriculum? Check out the following posts:

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2017-2018 Plan & Books

5th Grade Curriculum

7th Grade Curriculum

7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Do you have a 7th grader? Today I will be sharing my 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks for Julia.

Yesterday I shared our overall 2017-2018 homeschool plans. I really struggled making decisions for Jack's 5th grade year, but I knew immediately what I wanted to use for Julia's 7th grade homeschool curriculum. All three of my children are using boxed curriculum from Bookshark as their core. I have selected Level 7 All Subject Package for Julia. This level is geared towards children ages 12-14. Julia just turned 12 at the end of July, so she could easily use Level 6 or 7. Level 7 included a few of the books that I wanted to read with Julia this year, so Level 7 was the better fit.

What does Bookshark's Level 7 include? How did I customize it?

Below you will find everything included in the Level 7 All Subject Package. I will note any customization selections I made.

Reading with history
Read-Alouds 7

  • Secret of the Andes
  • Master Cornhill
  • The Ravenmaster's Secret: Escape From The Tower of London
  • The Singing Tree
  • The Sherwood Ring
  • Banner in the Sky
  • The Endless Steppe
  • Number the Stars
  • Classic Poetry
  • The Arrow Over the Door
  • The Breadwinner
  • Year of Impossible Goodbyes
  • Homeless Bird
  • Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears

Level 7 Readers

  • Operation Yes
  • The Good Master
  • Betsy and the Emperor
  • The Broken Blade
  • The Ghost in The Tokaido Inn
  • Angel on the Square
  • The King's Fifth
  • Nory Ryan's Song
  • Snow Treasure
  • Escape from Warsaw
  • Chu Ju's House
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

History 7

  • History 7 Instructor's Guide
  • Story of the World: Early Modern Times
  • Story of the World: Modern Age
  • Timeline Figures- 7

Language Arts

  • Language Arts 7 Instructor's Guide
  • Wordly Wise 7 (This is a supplement- Julia has used this program before.  I am not sure how this will be incorporated in Bookshark's lesson plans, but we used it as "morning work" in the past.)

Science

  • Cool Stuff 2.0 and How It Works
  • Energy
  • Planet Earth
  • Robotics
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Garbage
  • Canals and Dams
  • Weather & Climate Change
  • Science 7 Instructor's Guide
  • Science Supplies Kit 7

Math

  • Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra (Customization-I opted to switch from Math-U-See Pre-Algebra to Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra.)

Spelling

  • None (Customization- I opted to drop spelling from this bundle. I don't feel it is necessary to have a spelling curriculum in middle school.)

Required Resources
Please note that if you already own the "Required Resources", you can remove this package from your bundle. Since this is our first year using Bookshark we purchased these items.

  • D-Ring 3-inch Binder with Tabs
  • Markable Map
  • Markable Map Markers
  • The Timeline Book
  • The Kingsfisher History Encyclopedia

Will we be using anything other than Bookshark Level 7 for our 7th grade homeschool curriculum?

We will mostly be sticking to our Bookshark materials. However, before moving on to the Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra provided in her bundle, Julia will be completing Teaching Textbooks 7. At the end of her 6th grade year I switched her from Singapore Math to Teaching Textbooks. We have been working through this level all summer, but still have a bit to go before she can start Pre-Algebra.

Julia was very excited about the Stopmotion Explosion that I selected for Jack's STEM work this year, so they will be sharing it. I'm pretty excited that she showed interest in this because she will be able to take the lead and work on it with Jack when I am busy teaching Kenten. I have to be honest-I don't know much about stopmotion... This will surely be a learning experience for all of us!

Julia is my artsy child. She is ALWAYS drawing and trying out different art supplies. I have purchased the following items for her to use as she wishes. Do you want to purchase these materials for your child? Simply click one of the images below and you will be redirected to Amazon.
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Will we participate in the homeschool partnership this year?

Starting in September we will be attending classes at our local homeschool partnership every Thursday. When picking out materials for this upcoming year I was really concerned about being able to complete everything since a whole day is dedicated to this program. Although we school year round, our summer schedule is significantly "lighter". I believe choosing Bookshark Level 7 All Subject Package as our main curriculum will be a great fit for us and we will be able to stay on track (without this mama having to rearrange everything a million times)! Julia is enrolled in the following courses this year:

  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Learning Through Cinema: Middle School
  • Beginning Sewing

Thank you for checking out our 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks! Do you want to see our 2017-2018 homeschool plan & fun books, our 5th grade curriculum, or our 9th grade curriculum? Check out these posts below:

2017-2018 Plan & Fun Books

5th Grade Curriculum

9th Grade Curriculum

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

The 2017-2018 school year is quickly sneaking up on us. Are you ready?

I don't know about all of you, but I really struggled with making decisions this year (at least for Jack)! I just submitted our list of 5th grade homeschool curriculum to be purchased yesterday. After much debate I decided to try out Bookshark's Level 3 All Subject Package. I love that Bookshark uses an age range for their levels and has a customization feature. Bookshark Level 3 is for children ages 8-11. Jack is 10, so I think this level is perfect fit for his core 5th grade homeschool curriculum.

What does Bookshark's Level 3 include? How did I customize it?

Below you will find everything included in the Level 3 All Subject Package. I will note any customization selections I made.

Reading with History
Read-Alouds 3

  • The Sign of the Beaver
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Toliver's Secret
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • Walk the World's Rim
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse
  • Swift Rivers
  • Child's Introduction to Poetry
  • Secret of the Sealed Room
  • Winter Danger

History 3

  • History 3 Instructor's Guide
  • If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
  • Pedro's Journal
  • The Landmark History of the American People, Volume 1
  • North American Indians
  • The Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Children's Encyclopedia of American History
  • Beginner's American History
  • Timeline Figures- 3

Level 3 Regular Readers

  • Pocahontas and the Strangers
  • The Matchlock Gun
  • Meet Thomas Jefferson
  • Phoebe the Spy
  • Meet George Washington
  • Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
  • The Cabin Faced West
  • Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
  • A Lion to Guard Us
  • Om-kas-toe

Language Arts

  • Language Arts 3 Instructor's Guide
  • Wordly Wise Book 3 (This is a supplement-I have used Wordly Wise with Kenten and Julia in the past and it was a great addition. I am hoping it will be a good fit for Jack this year.)

Science

  • Real Science 4 Kids: Biology, Level 1
  • The Usborne First Encyclopedia of Seas and Oceans
  • Usborne Science Encycloedia
  • The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
  • Mysteries and Marvels of Nature
  • Discover & Do Level 3 DVD
  • TOPS 38-Green Thumbs: Radishes
  • TOPS 39- Green Thumbs: Corn & Beans
  • Listening to Crickets
  • Science 3 Instructor's Guide
  • Science Supplies Kit 3
  • Lyrical Life Science-Volumes 1 & 2 (This is a supplement-I have never heard of Lyrical Life Science before, but it looks like a fun add-on.)

Math

  • Teaching Textbooks 4 (Customization-I opted to switch from Math U See: Gamma to TT4. Kenten and Julia made the switch from Singapore Math to Teaching Textbooks last year after Christmas. It has been a wonderful fit for them, and I am hoping that it works out for Jack too.)

Handwriting

  • Handwriting Without Tears: Cursive Handwriting

Spelling

  • All About Spelling Level 2 (Customization- I opted to drop the recommended Spelling You See: Wild Tales. A few years ago I purchased All About Spelling Level 1 for Jack, but he was not able to complete it until this past school year. Since he is comfortable with this program we will use it all the way through.)

Required Resources
Please note that if you already own the "Required Resources", you can remove this package from your bundle. Since this is our first year using Bookshark we purchased these items.

  • D-Ring 3-inch Binder with Tabs
  • Markable Map
  • Markable Map Markers
  • The Timeline Book

Will we be using anything other than Bookshark for our 5th grade homeschool curriculum?

Yes, we will adding on these STEM materials.
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We will also continue using the reading program ABeCeDarian. Jack completed Level A last year and then moved onto Level B. We have been working through Level B all summer.  I don't know if it is the program itself or if Jack was just finally ready to read, but this is the first program that has worked for us! You can learn more about ABeCeDarian here. Although you can purchase the materials directly from the company I usually purchase mine from Amazon. Here are the books that we are currently working through:

I hestitated to share what levels we will be using for spelling and reading this year. I know that typical 5th grade homeschool curriculum lists normally use much higher levels, but I guess that is one of the perks of homeschooling... We get to use materials that are customized for our children. I am proud of the progress my little man is making!

Homeschool Partnership
Last year we joined a homeschool partnership. Jack CANNOT wait until the partnership starts back up. The partnership is one of the reasons I decided to go with Bookshark. Bookshark follows a 4-day schedule, so I will not have to rearrange our curriculum to attend Thursday's classes. This year Jack is enrolled in:

  • Elementary Computers
  • Learning Through Cinema: Elementary
  • Martial Arts & P.E.

Phew... That is quite the list! No wonder it took me so long to sort everything out. Thank you for checking out our 5th grade homeschool curriculum plans. Do you want to see our overall 2017-2018 plan & fun books, 7th Grade curriculum picks, or 9th Grade curriculum picks? Click one of the images below.

 

2017-2018 Plan & Books

7th GradeCurriculum

9th Grade Curriculum

2017-2018 Homeschool Plan

Summer is coming to an end and schools plans are being finalized... Are you ready for the upcoming school year? Check out our 2017-2018 homeschool plan below!

Last year we joined a brand new homeschool partnership, which opened up so many new opportunities for my family. One of the biggest opportunities is being able to partake in a "full time seat waiver" program. This program allows me to homeschool my children without having to pay for their curriculum. The trade off is that on paper my children appear to be public school students. Anyone who knows me knows that I am NOT fully anti-public school, so I simply see this as a technicality. The reward (thousands of dollars in free materials) far outweighs this technicality--at least to me! Since our budget drastically increased I decided to change up our 2017-2018 homeschool plan.

So what exactly are we going to be doing this year?

For the first time we will be using boxed curriculum kits from Bookshark. Before anyone bites my head off--YES, I know that this is a NEUTRAL vs. SECULAR program. I am ok with that! In the past we have used many nonsecular materials, and we adjusted as needed to fit our family. I will make adjustments and supplement if I stumble across any worrisome areas just as I have done in the past.

What Bookshark levels will we be using?

My children are going into 5th, 7th, and 9th grade. We will be using the following levels:

  • Level 3 All Subject Package
  • Level 7 All Subject Package
  • Level 100 American History & Literature

I love that Bookshark uses levels with age ranges rather than one grade specific title. As I have mentioned in the past, my youngest son Jack has special needs. I never really worried about what grade the books were labeled before, but as he is getting older he is aware of these things. On a number of occasions he has been upset because he was "behind", so I think he will be more comfortable this year knowing that he is in his age range level.

Over the next few days I will be sharing individual posts for 5th, 7th, and 9th grade so you can see what each level includes, and how I customized them for my children.

Will I be using anything other than Bookshark's boxed curriculum?

Yes, we will be supplementing with Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree, Editor in Chief: Level 3, Friendly Biology, and adding in STEM and art materials (which I will include in my individual grade posts). I also purchased a ton of fun science and history graphic novels. I love adding books to our home library every chance that I get... I just couldn't resist these graphic novels!

 

 

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Check out our 5th Grade, 7th Grade, and 9th Grade 2017-2018 curriculum picks.

Easy Grammar Review

Brace yourself….
This may be the first negative review of Easy Grammar you have read!

I have used this program two different times now, and I will never use it again. My children are not typically complainers when it comes to school, but Kenten and Julia spent MOST of this past year complaining about their grammar work.

How does Easy Grammar work?
Easy Grammar is a mastery program that focuses on being able to find prepositions and prepositional phrases. This unique approach makes it supposed to make it easier for your child to label subjects and verbs. 

What do you need to teach Easy Grammar?
The only book you absolutely need to use Easy Grammar is the “Teacher’s Edition” of the level your child is using. The teacher’s edition includes everything from the student workbook in addition to the answer keys to each lesson. I highly recommend purchasing the student workbook along with your teacher’s edition, otherwise you will spend a lot of time and money photocopying the reproducible worksheets.

What level should I use with my child?
It is recommended to use the age-appropriate grade level that your child is in. However, Easy Grammar does provide Elementary Placement and 7-12 Placement tests on their page if you are concerned about ordering the wrong level.

What don’t you like about Easy Grammar?
My main problem with Easy Grammar is the lack of instruction. I don’t know if the lower levels had more to their daily lessons, but Easy Grammar Plus only had a few sentences of instructions and one or two sample sentences. This program is too much like a “boring worksheet” that my children complete and forget as soon as they are done.

Homework and Horseplay’s final thoughts…


Easy Grammar
just is not the right fit for our family. Any program that causes my children to complain endlessly is more hassle than it is worth. Some people may enjoy having super short instructions, but for me I prefer more teacher involvement. My youngest son (Jack) used Shurley English this year. Although Easy Grammar and Shurley English both have a lot of repetition and similar work, Jack truly learned the parts of speech rather than just memorizing a bunch of prepositions. Kenten and Julia will not continue using Easy Grammar next year, even though it is one of the products included in the curriculum kits we plan to use.

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Singapore Math Review

If you have been homeschooling for awhile, or even if you just started looking into homeschooling chances are you have at the very least heard of Singapore Math. When we started our homeschool journey in 2011, we quickly decided to try out the Primary Mathematics: U.S. Edition from Singapore Math. There were so many good reviews about the program and it was very affordable.

Singapore Math presents concepts in a step-by-step approach which allows children to learn not only how to do math, but why what they are doing is right. The program also uses a lot of mental math and word problems throughout each level. The combination of these methods really helped my children build a great foundation in mathematical skills.

What do I need to teach Singapore Math?

Singapore Math has three books for each level:

  • Home instructor’s guide-This is your teacher’s manual, where you will find daily lesson plans, instructions, answer keys, and helpful tips.
  • Textbook- The textbook presents new concepts to your child. Your child will also have the opportunity to do practice problems with you before moving on to their independent work.
  • Workbook- After the lesson, your child will be assigned a corresponding lesson to complete on his/her own in the workbook.

I have found that it takes about 15-20 minutes to present each lesson to my children. The amount of time to finish the workbook assignment really depends on the lesson and your child. My oldest son who excels at math speeds right through his workbook lessons in just a few minutes, whereas my younger two children usually take at least 20 minutes.

What options does Singapore Math offer?
Singapore Math offers three different versions:

  • U.S. Edition
  • Standards Edition
  • Common Core Edition

Please visit Singapore Math for further information on the differences between each edition.

What level should I start my child in?
Since Singapore Math is more advanced than some curriculum I highly recommend you have your child take the placement test.

Is Singapore Math for everyone?
Just like any curriculum choice Singapore Math is not a “one size fits all” program. Every child learns differently, and you need to make a decision based on his/her abilities and learning style. Singapore Math may NOT be the right fit for your family if:

  • You do not have time to give individual math instructions to each of your children.
  • Your child needs a lot of extra review to fully master a new math concept.
  • If you (the instructor) struggle with math and do not have time to preview each lesson ahead of time.

Homework and Horseplay’s final thoughts…


Until this year Singapore Math has been a wonderful fit for our family. My oldest son was able to work through all the levels provided in the Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition, but for my daughter we started to face some difficulties. Although my daughter has excellent grades in math, she needs a little more help than her older brother. Once we hit level 5A we were constantly looking for supplemental or alternative lessons online to help her understand new concepts better. We made the executive decision to switch her into a new program halfway through the year, and we couldn’t be happier with our new math curriculum.

I highly recommend Singapore Math’s Primary Mathematics: U.S. Edition through level 4B. This program has provided my children with a good mathematical foundation that they will have to fall back on throughout their entire lives.

Disclaimer- I am in no way affiliated with Singapore Math, nor am I being compensated in any way for this post.  The review provided is simply my honest opinion of a product we use in our homeschool.

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