2019-2020 Curriculum Review Part 2: Arithmetic

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Curriculum Review Part 2: Arithmetic! I am happy to join three other homeschooling mammas in reviewing our upcoming school year curriculum:

Youtube channels:   Kim at The Homeschooling Grammy and Ingrid at Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles

Homeschool Blogger: Lisa at MammaWit Haven

Math Curriculum

My son has never liked math. In his words, “Math is my nemesis.” Having homeschooled him these past two years, I believe the problem isn’t so much his not liking math, but rather the fact that he does not like to work out a lot of problems once he understands the concept. He gets easily overwhelmed with seeing a great amount of math problems on a page. It is a journey trying to find what works for him in this area, but I believe we have a winner.

This year we have decided to use the BJU Press Math 6th grade curriculum.


Why did I choose this curriculum?

I chose this math curriculum for the following reasons:

  • The Scope and Sequence filled the 6th grade level requirements plus some.
  • The explanations of the subject matter and concepts were complete and very easy to understand.
  • The pages were appealing to my son and did not make him feel overwhelmed with the required work.
  • It included teaching tips and lesson plan overviews.
  • The concepts held a balanced approach.
  • The kit included tear-out cardboard manipulatives that can be laminated and used again.
  • Each unit includes either a “Career Link” which gives examples of people’s careers using math skills in every day life or an “Exploration of Ideas” section that gives a historical or scientific segment with a focus on math concepts being used.
  • It has an emphasis on biblical promises and Bible action truths in God’s Word. Our God is a God of order and shows us time and time again mathematical concepts and examples throughout nature and life itself.
  • It includes a handbook where students can go to for mathematical reference.
  • It includes review pages and tests.
  • It also includes “test prep” pages to help students prepare for standardized state testing.

Example pages:

We are excited to use this curriculum this year. Actually, I’m not sure I can say “excited” when it comes to my son, but at least he is more interested in it. (LOL)

Keep on the lookout for the following future posts in our “Curriculum Review.”

  • June 21–Language Arts
  • June 28–Science/Bible
  • July 5–Electives

Due to my families summer schedule, the last three posts will be up around the same time. But, do check out the posts of my fellow homeschool mamas mentioned above.

**I would love to hear what kind of math curriculum you are using this upcoming year. Feel free to comment below. **

Math Extras:

Here is a great book from Usborne Books math reference book.

math reference book

A great website that I have used for additional practice worksheets or activities in all subjects is Super Teacher Worksheets. Membership is around $20 for the entire year.

I do not get any compensation for this curriculum review or for the Super Teacher Worksheets webpage mention. I just want to share what has worked for me and what may work for you.


I have a free download for you from my TpT Shop. MATH BOOKMARKS! Get your free download here.

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Have a great day!

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  1. I don’t think I have ever looked that closely at Bob Jones! I love how colorful it is!! Here is to a great year!

    1. admin says:

      Thank you! and thanks for reading my post!

  2. susanhomeschooling says:

    What a colorful math book! It’s especially important for elementary ages, to not have a boring black and white experience with math.

    1. admin says:

      I agree. Thanks for reading the post.

  3. Kim says:

    We are trying BJU for the 1st time this year. I will be revealing it in the next couple of weeks. They seem like an awesome Biblically sound curriculum. You have some great choices for math this year. Looking forward to seeing how they work for you. God Bless

    1. admin says:

      Thank you for reading the post! God bless to you as well.

    2. admin says:

      I look forward to seeing what else you have chosen for curriculum from BJU. We chose only the math so far.

  4. This looks like a great curriculum! BJU is one that I have not looked very closely at, but you definitely have it on my radar now! My middle son doesn’t like math, either. Thank you for reviewing this and sharing WHY you chose it!

    1. admin says:

      Yes, the WHY is important. This subject of math has been a struggle for us, although my son does well in it. The struggle is the “getting to the understanding part without stress” has been the biggest set back. We are so looking forward to this math curriculum.

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