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This is our 7th year of homeschooling. In that time, we have used a lot of different curricula and resources for all of our subjects, except for math. We’ve always used the same math curriculum, but this was the year to change that up as well. The kids were getting older and outgrowing their old curriculum. Plus, they wanted some independence from mom.
Homeschool students quickly learn what they do and don’t like in a homeschool resource, so I let my 10th grade daughter help me choose a the new math curriculum. After looking at LOTS of options, we settled on Teaching Textbooks for her and my 6th grade son. This turned out to be a wise choice.
Since making the switch to Teaching Textbooks, both of my kids are doing math without complaint (which is huge) and learning! That is the most important thing to me in a curriculum. However, there are some other aspects of Teaching Textbooks I really like. I’ve been talking to friends at Teaching Textbooks about those things and they asked if I could share them with the world, so here are some things that I believe set Teaching Textbooks apart from other homeschool math curriculum.
What I Like About Teaching Textbooks
Addresses different learning types
Some students can be told something and they will comprehend and remember. Others need to see the words to learn. While still others, need to actually have a tactile experience to understand. Teaching Textbooks math curriculum addresses all these learning types.
There is a lecture part of each Teaching Textbook CD lesson where an actual instructor teaches the new concept. This is great for audio learners. Teaching Textbooks, also, comes with a textbook where students can read along. This is great for visual learners.
While the lecture is being given, the math is being worked out on the screen. Students can work the problems out for themselves, as well. Plus, there are practice problems in each lesson with hints and and answers. This is perfect for tactile/hands-on learners.
Instant feedback on practice problems
Each lesson contains practice problems to help the student learn the new concept. The student works out the problems and then enters the answer into the computer. If the answer is correct, the student is congratulated. If the answer is wrong, the student gets another opportunity to do the problem, can ask for hints, or can even see the problem worked out correctly. The instant feedback and second chances are encouraging to the student.
Teaching Textbook grades itself
Teaching Textbooks keeps a digital gradebook that the parent can access to see grades at anytime. This saves lots of time grading and keeps a record of math grades.
In our house, I look at grades immediately after the kids finish the lesson. If the grade isn’t high enough, I can see through the gradebook which problems they missed and then we work on those concepts either that day or the next.
Gives Mom a break
We went 6 years of homeschooling without Teaching Textbooks. Of all the subjects, math seemed to take us the longest. It would take me a while to prepare to teach each lesson and then would take a while to teach each child at their level.
With Teaching Textbooks, I just point them at the computer and they go. Lots of time and energy saved!
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