Looking for a math curriculum that...
• is economical?
• is a stand alone program?
• can be used to supplement another program?
• takes 45 minutes or less per day for a lesson?
• requires no lesson planning
• is not mind-numbingly boring?
Here you go!
We at JOY Center of Learning believe that every family and student is unique. Recognizing this, since beginning in 1993, we have pulled together math curriculums that fit a variety of learning styles and teaching approaches. Check out the quiz under Which Math Program Should I Choose for help in selecting which program most fits your style.
Do we have personal favourites? Yes. Our personal preferences are Professor B Math and Life of Fred Math. However, there are situations where one of the other curriculums is a much better fit for a family or student. Our real preference is that you find the program(s) that works best for you.
We do not publish any of these fine curriculums but are proud to offer them to you. Our goal is to come alongside the publishers to help them be successful in getting their materials out to the public and to provide you, the end user, a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
We do not undersell the publishers. We send free gifts with orders of $50 or more (before shipping, our choice of items), give personalized service, answer questions, give suggestions where needed, and provide fliers containing comprehensive tips and ideas for the most effective usage of Life of Fred and Professor B Math.
Life of Fred Math
No other textbooks are like these. Each text is written in the style of a novel with a humorous story line. Each section tells part of the life of Fred Gauss and how, in the course of his life, he encounters the need for the math and then learns the methods. Tons of solved examples. Each hardcover textbook contains ALL of the material – more than most instructors cover in traditional classroom settings. Includes tons of proofs. Written by Dr. Stanley Schmidt with the intent to make math come alive with lots of humour, clear explanations, and silly illustrations that stick in the mind. The student will learn to think mathematically.
Professor B Mathematics
Professor B Mathematics restructures the traditionally disconnected, fragmented content of arithmetic and informs parents and teachers how to consistently tell the truth simply in all the operations on whole numbers, fractions and decimals from basic to advanced levels of skill. Well documented studies around the world have proven the effectiveness of Prof B Math. It condenses the arithmetical content traditionally spread over seven to eight years of expensive textbook and workbook materials into three levels.
Study Time Arithmetic is a traditional, graded, textbook style, spiral review program. It is similar to Climbing to Good English in design, look, and approach. New concepts are introduced gradually and reviewed constantly. Special features are included to intrigue, challenge, and motivate students to learn and discover on their own as much
as possible. StudyTime Math focuses on practical applications.
Strayer Upton Practical Arithmetic
Originally published in 1934 and reprinted in 2007, this program consists of three 500 page textbooks, each covering two years worth of material. Designed to be very practical in nature with lots of review built in. Because it was written in 1934 many of the word problems provide a historical and sometimes archaic perspective, particularly when it comes to the cost of items. It provides a simplistic, practical, yet challenging approach to learning math.
These fun, colorful books use engaging lessons with easy-to-follow explanations, examples, and charts to make mathematical concepts easy to understand. They teach the math skills and concepts that students are expected to know in each grade—and several concepts normally taught in the next grade. Every lesson is followed with a variety of fun, colorful activities to ensure concept mastery. The lessons and activities spiral slowly, allowing students to become comfortable with concepts, but also challenging them to continue building their problem-solving skills. These books teach more than mathematical concepts; they teach mathematical reasoning, so students learn to devise different strategies to solve a wide variety of math problems.