## Homeschool Curriculum for Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Calculus

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When gifted math students finish homeschool curricula like Math-U-See, Right Start Mathematics, or Singapore Math, they need more challenging math problems.

Many homeschool math curricula serve gifted students’ needs. Student-directed learning paced to individual skill accommodates the asynchronous abilities of many gifted children. The flexibility to condense material and progress rapidly through a math program is highly appealing to many gifted homeschoolers.

Mathematically precocious gifted students may quickly exhaust resources of homeschool math curricula like Math-U-See, Right Start Mathematics, or Singapore Math. What happens next when elementary-age homeschoolers complete a twelve-year math curriculum early? Which homeschool math curricula teach the youngest mathematicians complex college-level mathematics?

### Life of Fred- Fractions through 2nd Year College Math

The *Life of Fred *series is an innovative, eleven book series with a verbal approach to math. *Life of Fred’s *features include:

- Math through story
- Applied problem sets
- Cumulative reviews

These math texts are the story of Fred, a five-year-old child who encounters problems in his daily life that require mathematical solutions. Young learners can relate to the character. Gifted readers will love a literary approach to mathematical concepts from whole numbers to computing the edges in a hypertesseract.

Math concepts are taught throughout witty text sprinkled with quotes from notables such as Bach and Einstein. Each chapter ends with “Your Turn to Play,” a chance for the gifted student to apply cumulative concepts to thought-provoking problems. Three sets of 10 review questions, called “The Bridge” follow every four or five chapters, and each book ends with a “Final Bridge” consisting of five sets of fifteen problems.

Hoagies Gifted points out that the series is subtly Christian, but engaging text and depth of material make the *Life of Fred *curriculum a strong choice for even the most secular gifted student with strong verbal abilities. Each text costs $29 US, with the full 11-book series including three answer keys available for $302 US.

### Calculus by and for Young People- 6 Years Old and Up

For the gifted math student who is exhausting standard primary and secondary math curricula, *Calculus by and for Young People *is a text written for learners as young as six.

Originally published by Don Cohen in 1988 and reviewed favorably by *Scientific American*, a new 2 CD set selling for $65 US includes:

*Calculus by and for Young People*text*Calculus by and for Young People*worksheets- Video “Infinite Series by and for 6 year-olds and up”
- Video “Iteration and Infinite Sequences with 6 to 11 year-olds”
- Video “Changing Shapes With Matrices”
- “A Map to Calculus” flowchart/overview
- “On Thinking and Doing Mathematics” poster

Don Cohen figures “if we start young people on this material, they will make lots of mistakes, but will have a good chance of understanding it later in high school and college.” If a gifted child seems interested, homeschooling parents should try Calculus by and for Young People.

### Choosing a Homeschooling Math Curriculum for the Profoundly Gifted Child

Meeting the educational needs of a gifted mathematician can be challenging. Online math courses through universities like Johns Hopkins can be cost-prohibitive and require formal assessment materials supporting admission. *Life of Fred *and *Calculus by and for Young People *are two reasonably priced options for challenging mathematically gifted homeschoolers.

*Life of Fred*’s 5-year-old character will appeal to young mathematicians exploring higher math subjects. Calculus by and for Young People introduces complex mathematical concepts through exercises tailored to children. Both *Life of Fred *and *Calculus by and for Young People *can successfully provide the next mathematical challenge in a homeschool setting.

For young mathematically gifted homeschoolers requiring hands-on, kinesthetic, or visual-spatial curriculum, also consider Hands-On Equations.