Thanks to the Ron Paul Curriculum and Ray’s Arithmetic, This Girl LOVES Math!

Here is a great example of what happens when you take a classic mathematics program like Ray’s Arithmetic and fuse it with a powerful online platform like the Ron Paul Curriculum.

You get successes like the one of this young lady named Hailey.

Listen to her story:

Hailey formerly went to public school.  She hated math.

She tells us why as succinctly as any third or fourth grader could say it: Common Core was “like a locked gate” keeping her cruelly barred from the tranquil gardens of mathematics understanding.

But once her parents removed her from the labyrinthine confines of the public school classrooom and enrolled her in the Ron Paul Curriculum, that locked gate was opened, and she was then able to enter into the lush garden of math understanding.  Now she understands it.

Now she “gets it.”  Now she LOVES it!

For Hailey, math is no longer this mysterious mythology constructed by academic theoreticians, who only succeeded in confusing and befuddling her through Common Core.

Now, math is the bright, clear path of simple, beginning arithmetic that it should be.  Now it is a more level and straight path for her to follow.  For this hopeful young scholar, liberation came in the form of an old-fashioned approach to teaching and learning math called Ray’s Arithmetic.

This story has been repeated, I’m sure, numerous times by students whose parents have enrolled them in one of the Ray’s Arithmetic-based courses that are offered at Ron Paul Curriculum.  Beginning arithmetic is taught in Math 1, Math 2, Math 3 and Math 4.  And so far, I’m very pleased with the response that these courses have been receiving.

Something tells me, there are a lot more Haileys out there!

Coming REAL Soon: Grade 1 Math… 2.0

1st Grade

Just when you think you’ve got your marching orders locked in and ready to execute — POOF! — they change once again.

That’s okay.  I did not sign up for static predictability when I took on the colossal academic task of converting the entire contents of the hallowed Ray’s New Arithmetic series into an easy-to-use online video lesson format.

I surely did not sign up for static predictability when I answered the call from an online homeschool curriculum development director to produce course materials for the primary math levels using the aforementioned format.

And so, as they say, the Ray’s Arithmetic video lesson situation is fluid, transient, and in a kinetic state of flux.

Which means that what I thought was my top priority (which it was a month ago) — grade 4 math — is now merely a high priority.

My new top priority is… (drum roll):

Grade 1 math!


Yes, grade one math.

As you probably are aware, the website that you’re on already features screencast “whiteboard”-type video lessons that I’m doing based on Ray’s New Primary Arithmetic.   This is the textbook for grades 1 – 2 math.

What I am working on right now is a new-and-improved version of them.

“Two-point-oh?”  That’s my way of saying they are a significant upgrade to the original video lessons.  Meaning that, from a technical standpoint and from the standpoint that the new lessons will be more systematic and formally scheduled as a fully developed math curriculum, they will be a cut above the originals.

I will let you decide whether they are any better!

The other thing that makes this upgrade significant is that the entire course — 180 lessons — will be offered as a paid math course on another homeschool curriculum website, of which (I am not ashamed to admit) I am an affiliate.

What I will post here on this site will be a substantial portion of that course.


Needless to say, the preparation and planning required, in addition to the actual production and editing and technical aspects and even the copy writing for the lessons, has created a bit of a hiatus from the activity of this site.  I promise, that is only temporary!

Suffice to say, I am very excited by the overall trend towards home schooling and away from the statist, bureaucratic, leftist-indoctrination-infused education model.

This bodes well for the future of our children and our future as a nation and civilization.

My goal remains unchanged: make Ray’s Arithmetic the gold standard for effective, online 21st-century math education!

And now, back to our irregularly scheduled math program. 🙂

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