Volume 6, Issue B
Frustrated with teaching math I saw it as a way out. Except for Saxon, which sent my kids into hysterics every single day, the other programs were all good and I liked them. But I had a problem. Before Teaching Textbooks As my children progressed through the higher levels of math they would go through the book on their own and I would check their work.
This was frustrating for my kids and for me! Or so I thought. I think this is a positive because you can follow along with your child, but it is not necessary. In the four years I used this program I probably spent less than four hours helping my kids with math.
Since I was looking for a hands-off approach to math this definitely worked. Teaching Textbook Lessons are Easy to Understand: The lessons are easy to understand, especially at the younger levels. The teacher speaks slowly and the graphics are interesting but not overwhelming.
My younger boys asked to do math every day because they enjoy it. After years of crying through math lessons was nice to have a program my kids actually like. This includes automatic grading as soon as the child answers the question. This makes record keeping for math very simple.
There are no workbooks, so more than one child can use the curriculum. Teaching Textbooks support staff is quick to respond and solve the problem. If you have a careless child who gets into a fight with his brother and in the process cracks a CD in half, you only need to replace one CD, not the whole set.
You can now use Teaching Textbooks entirely online. Due to Teaching Textbooks popularity, used sets are hard to find and prices are still high.
To their credit, the prices have stayed the same for over six years and they have introduced a subscription model. Teaching Textbooks now has several buying options.
You can still purchase Teaching Textbooks 2. For a child who needs concepts reviewed thoroughly and drilled consistently this is problematic. This is one of my biggest complaints about the program.
My children who used Saxon which we learned to love in later years have a solid math foundation. This is an independent study math program.
This is my biggest problem with Teaching Textbooks. My daughter starting with Algebra 1, after using several different curriculum from K She scored high on all her Teaching Textbooks tests and had an A average for math over the past four years.
Now, part of the low score was because she did not prep for the test. This is my fault, she only had two weeks notice. But she aced the language sections of both tests, receiving a perfect on one of them.
This tells me she knew how to take a standardized test. The disconnect comes at this point. I researched this a bit on the internet and it seems to be happening to more than a few kids who have used the high school level curriculum.
But, if you have a child who needs above average test scores because they want to go to college, this is a bad thing. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that kids can work at their own pace. Standardized tests are timed and children must solve problems quickly.
Math facts must be memorized in order to complete all the problems during the allotted time. Because of the testing issue, I did not use it after middle school.
Up to Pre-Algebra I think the lessons are adequate, but beginning in Algebra 1, this curriculum was not the best choice for our family. If you have your heart set on Teaching Textbooks, I would recommend test prep before taking any standardized test.
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