Homeschooling Maths – Online Maths Programs

Some of us adults will remember when maths was seen as a dreaded school subject, with ratty textbooks and incomprehensible scratchings on the whiteboard. But today, many students see it as a favourite. Through new ways of teaching maths and with the introduction of fun games and online maths programs, it has gone from a dry subject involving bookwork and rote learning to a multi-faceted one that crosses over into other subjects. If taught well, maths can cast light on how the world works and be used in different applications, from art and cooking to geography, technology and physical education.

The rise of maths-centric educational applications is helpful for homeschooling parents, who may not always have the time to teach maths lessons.

For some parents, maths is a difficult subject to teach. There may be uncertainty around contemporary pedagogies (the ‘how’ of teaching). Methods of teaching numeracy concepts have developed over the years, and parents may not recognise some strategies used by their children to work out a problem. By taking advantage of online homeschooling platforms to teach maths, home educators can ensure a well-rounded understanding of how mathematical principles can be applied to their daily lives.

Maths is everywhere

Modern maths learning aims to show that maths is everywhere and can be used in a variety of useful ways. Maths can be taken outdoors and taught in nature using movement. This might mean getting out and measuring the distance a child can jump or run or plotting the trajectory of a ball when it is thrown across the park.

Statistics and probability could be taught in the context of weather events or sports tournaments. There are endless creative and hands-on ways to teach maths beyond the homeschooling classroom – many of which can be found using online maths resources and lesson plans.

Maths is easily gamified 

It’s no surprise to see children gravitate towards online games. As well as being highly entertaining, maths games can be built into learning programmes to help primary school aged children learn math facts and gain knowledge of math topics. Many of EP’s games allow your child to play virtually alongside others, adding a social element to the lesson.

These games have been developed with specific maths learning in mind and can be used alongside more traditional lesson plans to add some fun to maths lessons. Maths games are a great option to reward a piece of work as well as reinforce learning. There’s nothing like posting a fresh high score to end a math lesson on a high!

Quality maths lessons should involve some direct teaching

For more complex topics like geometric reasoning or trigonometry, it’s hard to replace a good ol’ teacher explanation. Older students will find it useful to work through video lessons, where these concepts are explained in a clear and concise manner by expert maths teachers. This is especially important for high school students once they hit those advanced math topics like statistics and calculus.

The great thing about video is that students can repeat parts of the lesson to ensure understanding – perfect for just-in-time learning (that’s the type of learning we do when we identify a gap in our knowledge and fill it straight away in order to carry on with a task). Using pre-prepared bite-size lessons written by experts ensures your homeschool maths curriculum is covering the content needed to meet learning objectives.

See how EP’s Smart lessons can be used for explicit maths instruction

Of course, it might also be helpful to blend in more physical methods of teaching to maths lessons, such as worksheets and word-based problems, particularly for areas that require practice and repetition. Addition and subtraction and times tables learning can be supported with these methods.

EP’s online maths lessons provide printable worksheets to complement the learning. Parents can easily print them out to check understanding or provide a break from the screen. What’s more, there are guides in each unit for teaching maths concepts using practical investigations and hands-on activities.

Subtract boredom, add fun

For homeschool parents looking to teach their children maths, the best maths resources are those that meet the child’s needs both in terms of grade-level curriculum and individual interests.

If a child has a passion for learning about dinosaurs, for example, a maths lesson could follow this interest by investigating the weights of species (mass and measurement) or through a colour-by-number addition and subtraction worksheet that results in a bright image of a T Rex. Keen bakers could learn about measurement through making scones, while aspiring gardeners could do a lesson on statistics through investigating how many tomato seeds result in a healthy seedling and then following this up with a graph.

No matter how you decide to teach maths to your child, it is best to go with an approach that uses a variety of bookwork, real life applications and online maths programs and platforms to ensure your homeschooling maths curriculum covers all the bases and keeps the child motivated to learn and discover more about maths.

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Why Use EP for Homeschooling Maths?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!

Why Use EP to Homeschool?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!