After three years of using Teaching Textbooks, I can confidently say it’s been the best math program we have tried for our family.
Believe me, I’ve read all the reviews that are for and against Teaching Textbooks, and we have tried many of the other popular math programs out there. The only thing that has worked for my two boys has been Teaching Textbooks, and as we enter high school this year I decided to keep going with it and hopefully graduate our oldest with Teaching Textbooks.
This year we will have four children using Teaching Textbooks. For Kindergarten through 2nd grade I typically use Horizons math (though I’m trying something new this year with my 1st grader, so stay tuned for that review!), and then in 3rd grade we switch them over to Teaching Textbooks. I did the placement test and decided to keep our 3rd grader in the 3rd grade level of Teaching Textbooks. Some people go up a grade level – it all depends on what your goals are. I knew I couldn’t handle a challenging year of math with our 3rd grader as she can easily melt down when overwhelmed. : /
After trial and error we have found the best way to use Teaching Textbooks (again, this is what works for our family). I require all of my children to watch each lecture, even if they think they know it. They also do every single problem and they are required to have the student workbook and write in the book as well. I feel like this is a very important step that a lot of people skip. It’s important to solve the math problems on paper, to help it really stick in their heads.
Up to this point we have always used the CD’s, but I was really excited with the online 3.0 version that just came out this year! We are primarily an Apple family, with Macs, iPad, and iPhones. When we started using Teaching Textbooks we had to purchase a PC just for the children to do their math on, and currently it’s downstairs in our basement. That has worked out ok for the older children, but I wanted to be close to my 3rd grader during her math lesson, and now she can just sit next to me on my laptop!
My children have been trying the online version and they have all given me really positive feedback. They love all the new buddies and backgrounds that they can change, and it’s really easy to log in to the website. The basic look of Teaching Textbooks has remained the same, so it’s not confusing for children to switch over to the online version. There are just some fun new options if they want.
I can teach elementary math, but when we approach the older grades it’s my weakest subject. I’ve been so thankful for Teaching Textbooks, because not only does it give the daily lecture, but it also self grades each lesson. I just have to ask my children each day what grade they got, so I know if we are on track to keep going or if we need to stop and redo a lesson. It saves me a lot of time as a homeschooling mom!
While Teaching Textbooks can be the perfect answer for both struggling math students and those strong in math, you can’t always be hands off with it. We realized several years ago that our oldest just was not grasping math concepts like he should, and finally started paying for a homeschool mom to tutor him. We don’t have to do it weekly, but we still pay for her to come and help him and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon. It’s very important to me that my son has a good grasp on math. I don’t think he will ever say math is his strongest subject, but I want him to get through all the upper math classes and be prepared for college if he chooses to go. Teaching Textbooks has helped him get caught back up, and we are finally to the point where we are starting on grade level this year (starting Algebra 1 in 9th grade).
Some of my favorite things about Teaching Textbooks
They Provide Help!
I recently found out that you can call Teaching Textbooks and ask for help with a math problem! They have students who regularly call in each week, and this is such a good option for struggling students!
They Replace Disks!
If you are still using the CD version, you can replace a broken disk for $15. We had to do that one time and it was so nice to have that option, instead of buying a whole new set!
They Review Problems!
I want my children to always be reviewing the math concepts they have learned. I love that Teaching Textbooks continues to bring up old concepts just to make sure they have a grasp on it and are remembering how to do it.
They Have Large Family Discount Plans!
Teaching Textbooks now offers different pricing plans since the online version came out. They even have a large family discount, which you can see here, or read through the graphic below!
Trying to stay on top of curriculum each year can be a lot of work, and I’m so grateful for the help that Teaching Textbooks has been in our home. If you are trying to find a new math program, Teaching Textbooks just might be what you are looking for!
*I’m a Teaching Textbooks Ambassador and did receive my curriculum for free in exchange for this post. All thoughts are 100% my own, and I only recommend products that we use!