Math


Math Options Available at LIFT, LIFT UP, & LIFT HIGH:


CORE STUDENTS:

Math Instruction
LIFT Elementary: Our Core students will complete math lessons that are visual, hands-on, and auditory so material that works with all learning styles are represented.  We also incorporate algebra, geometry, mathematical thinking, and drawing in our mastery-based program.  Students will be prepared with a store of knowledge and understanding leading into algebra and geometry.  Students are taught individual or small group lessons on level and participate in a rotation of games, challenges, activities, and projects to reinforce math concepts.  As they complete elementary math, students can move into middle school math and above as they are ready.

LIFT UP Middle School:  Core students receive individual or small group lessons on level and participate in activities, projects, and games to reinforce all math concepts necessary for middle school. This is also the time to look towards high school math so we use middle school to fill in gaps, if any, shore up arithmetic skills, and confirm a complete mastery of fractions, decimals, and percents.  This also includes area, perimeter, figuring tax, square roots, and  more to practice using all of their math knowledge in word problems and real life applications. Once they have mastered the necessary concepts, we start Pre-Algebra.  

LIFT HIGH School: Core students complete lessons and participate in projects and games to reinforce vocabulary and concepts related to logic and math. Our Math Lab has video based instruction with tutoring help. We offer all levels of math so students can be placed individually and make progress at their pace.  See Lab Only or Lab & Home options here.

Math Lab (monthly fee to use)
We have a resource room with math curricula, manipulatives, concept practice tools, and someone who can answer questions and provide accountability. Students can sign up for Math Lab and have access to any of our resources.  Those that have an online math will be able to access the internet but need their own computer or device.


FOUNDATIONS STUDENTS:

Curriculum Choosing Help:
There are some options at LIFT that don't include math instruction or curricula so we offer some thoughts here for those that need to choose a curriculum to use at home.

If you are already successfully using a math program, we recommend continuing on that path. If it isn't broken, don't fix it! Math programs are not all exactly alike in sequence so sticking with the same one is beneficial in making sure no concepts are missed.

The most important factor, no matter which curriculum you use, is regular checks by a parent. If your child is just doing page after page with nobody checking, they may be cementing an error and they will then have to unlearn and relearn the concept.  

Another factor is understanding and retention.  If your child is going through the motions but not retaining or understanding, it's important to find out why and see if there is a solution.  

The choices listed below are chosen with the families that participate at LIFT in mind. Many are working parents and need a very independent math program or, on the other end of the spectrum, are looking for a program that is hands-on with minimal worksheets. The following list are programs we are familiar with and can recommend based on our experience but they are certainly not the only good choices available.


K - 8th Math Programs for Homeschoolers:

We offer these suggestions as a starting point for those seeking a homeschool math program. 
While there are many excellent choices available to homeschool families, we recommend the following and find the majority of our students will benefit from any of these choices:

Right Start Math
Pre-K through Middle School
http://rightstartmath.com/our-curriculum/the-rightstart-difference/rightstart-for-home-school/
Students benefit from the hands-on approach, games in place of flash cards, and the level of understanding they get from using this unique program. Preparing your child for the science and technology of the 21st Century is simple with Right Start's methods.  Especially for gifted and early starters, RS is also beneficial for creative and advanced kids that don't want to spend hours on worksheets. Some families find they can spend 1-2 days each week using Right Start successfully so children have time to process and you don't get overwhelmed as all the teaching is up to you. At this pace, it is still possible to complete the entire program before middle school and then use the Level G which is written directly to the student. You can also go directly from RS Level E to Pre-Algebra with an older student. Although RS author's recommend continuing with Videotext Algebra upon completion of Level G, students are prepared to step into any Pre-Algebra. RS is recommended for all learning styles and is especially beneficial for kinesthetic and visual learners. 
(Recommended follow up - Videotext Algebra as seen lower on this page.)


Making Math Meaningful
Pre-K through Algebra
Written by a veteran teacher and homeschool father, MMM includes scripted lessons through Level 4 and then is written to the student for Level 5 and up.  Lessons are methodical and build upon each other in an understandable and uncomplicated way so that mastery is attained incrementally.  Problem solving skills are taught as well as understanding of how numbers work physically and abstractly. This is a great choice for a parent that needs some "hand-holding" in teaching but doesn't want complicated lessons or expensive manipulative kits.  

Singapore Math
Singapore teaches mental math, has options for those that need more or fewer workbook pages, and introduces vocabulary and concepts from algebra, geometry, and measurement early in the program.  Simple to use at home and less expensive then other programs because you don't need specialized manipulatives. This is especially good for creative, out of the box, and advanced students.  Visual students are probably the most likely to do well, although kinesthetic students would benefit from using the manipulatives in addition to the pictures on the page.  Auditory learners would benefit from this program with the addition of spoken lessons or reading aloud to self while working through the books. The basic program includes a Textbook A & B and Workbook A & B for each level. There are also additional practice workbooks for each level if your student needs more practice to learn and remember concepts, however, those that pick up concepts quickly and remember them would only need the Textbook and Workbook for each level.  Teaching guide, answer books, additional parent/teacher reading material, and computer games are other related support for Singapore Math users. 

K - 12th Math Programs for Homeschoolers:

Math U See
Math U See is very popular with homeschoolers as it is clear, thorough, and simple to use. Math understanding and mastery is gained thoroughly on each concept from beginning to end rather than a bit of each every year. Since they do offer a complete program from K - 12th, you also won't need to start looking for a new program later. Many parents appreciate the teaching DVD and often students watch the video and do the work independently with little need for additional help. Another unique aspect of MUS is that there are manipulatives all the way through high school, so for those that need a kinesthetic, visual, or audio teaching - all the bases are covered. As they follow a unique scope and sequence this is best started early and used all the way, although starting in Pre-Algebra would be fine.

  
Upper Math Programs for Homeschoolers:

In addition to Math U See for upper math, we also recommend Videotext.

Videotext Algebra
Videotext Geometry

Videotext is an excellent program for home schoolers to master all levels of high school math. Mastery based, visual, auditory, and available in several formats, this is a flexible and solid option with excellent support and student success.  
 
Videotext Algebra can be started whenever a student is ready for Pre-Algebra.  The set of six Modules begins with algebra readiness and includes all of Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2.
Videotext Geometry is meant to be started upon completion of VA and includes Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus. 







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