Favorite Homeschool Resources {Middle School Math}

Welcome to Favorite Homeschool Resources—a series sharing our best-loved secular books and workbooks. You can view all the posts in the series so far here.

One thing we have discovered—to our disappointment—is that many homeschool resources for middle school math tend to assume homeschoolers prefer video lessons. {Actually, I find this assumption to be prevalent with a lot of subjects, not just math.} Even some “text-based” programs have DVDs and online supplements to be used in conjunction. 

However, we tend to be book people and so our favorite homeschool resources for middle school math reflect that. Following are several book series and workbook options we recommend.

A Different Kind of Math Book

I’ll be honest; these are not your typical textbook-style, teacher-led books. If you are looking for something that provides daily lesson plans and clear do this, then do that instructions, these may not be the resources for you. 

In many cases they are more math stories than math instruction. They also assume you already have a solid foundation of elementary school math. We enjoy them because they introduce math concepts in a more engaging way, and we don’t mind digging in and figuring out the specific how-to on our own. Truthfully we re-read some of them every school year just because they are fun—even after they seem a bit “young” for our current students. If that sounds like your jam, read on. 

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Middle School Math Books We Love

Everything You Need To Ace Math In One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide 

We absolutely love this entire series of books! Agent E worked her way through the math one for her sixth grade year. It provides an excellent review of basic concepts and a great foundation for getting started with algebra and geometry. 

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Algebra and Geometry: Anything But Square!
Math: A Book You Can Count On 

The Basher Books have been long-time favorites around here. They are so much fun to read, and introduce complex ideas in a fun way. My only criticism is that if you don’t already have a passing knowledge of the terms used, some of the quirky phrasing might go over your head. 

Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories From the Lives of Great Mathematicians {volume 1}
Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories From the Lives of Great Mathematicians {volume 2}

We read these a few years back and really enjoyed learning more about the people behind the math. I always especially love digging into the contributions of the women who have traditionally been left out of the discussion. 

Painless Pre-Algebra
Painless Algebra 
Painless Geometry

Truth: We like this series, but not enough to own it . . . yet. They make terrific reference books, and come in handy if you can’t quite remember the right rule or formula and need a quick way to look it up. {They also have a great language arts series.}

More Math Books We {Still} Love

Sir Cumference and All the Kings Tens
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
Sir Cumference and the Off-the-Charts Dessert
Sir Cumference and the Roundabout Battle

These are just a few examples of what’s available in the series. Okay, so these aren’t 100% aimed at middle schoolers. But . . . we love them so much and have read all of them every year since Agent E was about second grade. Each story shares a different adventure {set in the world of knights and castles} that ultimately teaches a simple mathematical concept.

What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?
Pythagoras and the Ratios

These are fictionalized versions of what Pythagoras might have been like as a mischievous youth, and super fun to read. Again, more geared toward slightly younger students, but favorites we keep coming back to even as the Agents grow.

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Middle School Math Workbooks We Love

Of course we also need to practice the skills we read about. My students all love a good workbook. I know “worksheets” get a bad rap in homeschooling circles, but it is so convenient to have a nice, bound book of review problems arranged by topic or grade. These are some of our favorite written practice resources for middle school math.

Brain Quest Workbook Grade 6
Math Skills: Grade 6 {Flash Kids Harcourt Family Learning}
Math: Grade 6 {Skill Builders}

You will find that many workbook series only go up to sixth grade, which is kind of a bummer when you have homeschool kids who love workbooks, like mine do. These are a few that we loved for early middle school, but sadly they do not have seventh and eighth grade equivalents.

Algebra: Grades 6-8 {Skill Builders}
Geometry: Grades 6-8 {Skill Builders}

The Skill Builders series, however, does include algebra and geometry for this age/grade range. We like these for the extra practice; however, they are not very descriptive when it comes to actually explaining the process or how one arrives at the answer. I recommend these particular workbooks are best used for review.

Spectrum Math Grade 6
Spectrum Math Grade 7
Spectrum Math Grade 8
Spectrum Algebra Grades 6-8
Spectrum Geometry Grades 6-8

This series from Spectrum {which also includes language arts and science} is one of the few that includes options for seventh and eighth grades. In addition to the ones listed here, they also have workbooks for middle school math covering word problems, critical thinking, and statistics. 

Practice Makes Perfect Algebra 1
Practice Makes Perfect Geometry

We already loved the Spanish workbooks from this series, so we decided to check out the math ones as well. What I love most about these workbooks is that they give more detailed explanations of how to do the problems. Unlike many of the others, they are not just practice/review problems with limited context. Instead, it offers more of a textbook/workbook hybrid—perfect if you have a student who prefers reading about concepts and figuring them out rather than watching a video presentation. 

Have you tried any of these fabulous homeschool resources for middle school math? Let me know what you thought in the comments! And don’t forget to check out the other posts in our favorite homeschool resources series.

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