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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Dollar Homeschool ~ Ray’s Arithmetic

Dollar Homeschool

Not too long ago, I received Ray’s Arithmetic from Dollar Homeschool to review as part of the Homeschool Crew. It was a company that I had not heard of before, so I was very intrigued when I read that Ray’s Arithmetic is a curriculum from K-12 {from counting all they way up to calculus} for only $59.

Affordable would be the first word that came to my mind.

Ray’s Arithmetic series is a collection of 38 books that have been scanned {textbooks, answer keys, and teacher’s editions} and are intended to use as ‘printing’ curriculum. As you need materials, you print what you need. You can use the curriculum year after year with all of your children ~ and using your own quick math skills, you can see that $59 total is a good price. For a full list of all the books included, you can visit Dollar Homeschool.

The series isn’t something that was newly created. It was a part of the Eclectic Education Series {EES} textbooks used in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s as the standard text in most schools. The text itself is just as it was then {here’s a little example for you}.


Ray's Arithmetic 


  • Inexpensive. $59 for a curriculum that spans from kindergarten through high school is definitely a pro!
  • Can print off as many copies as you would like, especially if any text is torn or lost.
  • Provides real-life examples to help tie in math concepts with everyday living.
  • Subjects are taught in a process that builds from level to level.
  • Ties-in examples from history along with word problems ~  “General Washington was born A.D. 1732, and lived 67 years: in what year did he die?”
  • It’s classic ~ I have to admit, I love the graphics and the fact that this is a proven text that was used for years effectively.


  • For me personally, e-Books are more difficult to use. I really like to have a text in front of me. I realize I can print it off and have it right there, but it is an extra step to take and sometimes it’s one I’m not willing to take.
  • Some of the scanned pages are a little cock-eyed {i.e. not straight} which just bothers me on some level ~ no smart comments. :)
  • The curriculum requires a little more teacher time involvement. The first few years are designed to be studied orally with the teacher/student. Depending on how many grade levels you are teaching, the time can add up fast.
  • If you have been using traditional {and colorful} texts, this will be an adjustment for everyone. The font type and graphics are black and white ~ and not so much ‘eye candy’.
  • As with any new program, you really need to get caught up and understand the program ~ the Manual of Methods is a help, but still requires a bit more time and effort. :)

You can purchase Ray’s Arithmetic directly from Dollar Homeschool for $59. If you are interested, Dollar Homeschool also has other texts on CD-rom in the Eclectic Education Series that include science, history, grammar,  and the McGuffey’s Readers. You can buy the complete series for $159.

If you ever break or misplace a CD, Dollar Homeschool will replace it for you for only the cost of shipping. They also offer a 30 day money back guarantee on all of their products.

Software compatibility: The books on the CD's are PDF files and they will work on any computer ~  Mac, Vista, XP, Linux, {per the Dollar Homeschool website}.


Click on the Homeschool Crew banner to read other reviews about this product.

This product was given to me for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product. I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.

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  • That sounds like a great deal for a lot of math curriculum. I would be interested to see how well the transitions are from level to level. Math builds so much on itself that it is so important to create a good foundation.

    By Anonymous Eleanor, At February 15, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

  • We use the McGuffey Readers and LOVE them. I like the old fashioned learning. I've been thinkng about switching to Ray's for a while now. I'm just a bit chicken to spend the money, only to find that the kids don't like it. Curriculum picking is the hardest thing about homeschooling.

    By Blogger Jen@Scrapingirl, At February 17, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

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