Teaching Textbooks Elementary

Teaching Textbooks Elementary

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Teaching Textbooks Elementary

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Designed for independent students, the Teaching Textbooks learner will discover a wealth of instruction written directly to them, clear examples, fun hand-drawn illustrations, highlighted important concepts, and of course, step-by-step solutions to every problem. Plus, a 5-10 minute interactive lecture is included for every lesson, and includes a print summary that reinforces the key concepts to remember. Automated grading, non-required additional practice problems, lectures and step-by-step audiovisual solutions to every homework and quiz problem make for a thorough and easy to use curriculum for both parent and student. Consistent review and real-world illustrations help reinforce both concepts taught, as well as the relevance of what they're learning.

The new hybrid CDs feature multiple improvements, including:

Easy multiple user setup (built into program) An area where parents can access all of their students' gradebooks. An editable gradebook where you can reset a particular lesson(s) without having to uninstall and reinstall. Easy gradebook backup and/or transfer. This kit includes: Student textbook, Answer booklet, and four hybrid CD-ROMs with lectures, problems, quizzes and solutions arranged by lesson.

Specific levels for grades 3-7. After the elementary series is complete, students can advance through Pre-Algebra through Calculus for middle and high school.

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4.6
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4.6
Ease of use 
 
4.7

My children love Teaching Textbooks. We have used this program for several years and it is a favorite. They enjoy the hints and the interaction during the lecture portion. Self grading is my favorite thing about the program. When they miss a question, I go and erase the problem and have then do it again after reviewing the concept.

Grade levels used
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Pros
easy to use
Do you recommend?
yes
D
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My 9 year old says that Teaching Textbooks is the best Math program we've used so far. He likes that it is interactive during the lessons, so he has to pay attention. He doesn't like that there are so many review lessons before you get to new stuff, but he says it's worth it to get the program!

Grade levels used
4
Pros
Self-grading, easy for kids to work independently, they can keep practicing until they get it right.
Cons
If you strictly use the computer version it has to have a CD rom, so you can't use a tablet. You have to have a laptop or desktop to use.
Do you recommend?
Absolutely!
C
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Love, love, love this curriculum!! It is our "go to" curriculum for math! It's easy to use, it's self-grading, and the kids love it! What more could you ask for?!?

Grade levels used
  • 3
  • 4
Pros
Kids love it; easy to use; self-grading
Cons
Wish they did K-2nd
Do you recommend?
Definitely!
JB
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We love it!!

Grade levels used
6
Pros
Self grading kids love it
Do you recommend?
Yes
S
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We have used Teaching textbooks for 5 years with my mathematically minded son. It was the perfect fit for him from the start. It includes just enough practice and problems to learn each concept, while the spiral approach keeps previously learned concepts fresh. As recommended on the web site, you will need to use the assessment to see what level is best for your child. Please know that you can't be completely hands-off with this program. The discs give you the ability to see which questions your child answered right or wrong and how many tries that it took to do it. If a child didn't understand a concept, reviewing might be necessary. I also recommend administering the quizzes in the book without using the disks. You would be able to see if a child was just guessing answers during previous lessons.

Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Do you recommend?
Yes
D
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We have used Teaching Textbooks since our second year homeschooling and we love it. The lessons are very well explained with plenty of practice and reviews for each concept.

Do you recommend?
Yes
K
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We took our twins out of public school after the 1st grade because their confidence level in reading and math was really low, as in zero confidence. Mostly because of the teachers criticism. This math program restored their confidence in their ability to actually do math! Now they love it. Can't recommend this program enough.

Grade levels used
  • 3
  • 4
Pros
can do independently
Do you recommend?
Yes!
D
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I understand why this is such an attractive program. That it's on the computer and somebody else is teaching, correcting it and keeping track of your students progress. But somehow my daughter manage to cheat the system and we realize that she had not learned very much. This was on an older version so my only hope is that the newer versions are better 4 all of these users

Grade levels used
  • 5
  • 6
Pros
computer based
Do you recommend?
no
CP
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I used this with my daughter for 4th grade math. She liked the teacher's mellow, positive attitude on the DVD. Sometimes, however, she still needed extra help as a kinesthetic learner. Great for visual and auditory learners. Excellent coverage.

Grade levels used
4
Pros
Very positive and supportive
Cons
May need extra help
Do you recommend?
Yes
L
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This curriculum will not leave you disappointed. It is a godsend for kids who are done listening to mom. You know, sometimes we just need someone else to say something is good before they will listen. We switched to math 5 when each of our children got to that stage. About 10 or 11 my children were tired of workbooks. They loved being responsible for their own lessons. Automatic grading and help even when they make a mistake, made them feel as if the teacher was right in the room with them.

Grade levels used
  • 5
  • 6
Pros
Short, precise lessons. Frees parent of teaching.
Cons
None
Do you recommend?
Yes
DH
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This is our 2nd year with this curriculum. The instructor on the DVD is easy to understand and makes the information easy to understand. The graphics are great and the little 'Hint' characters help keep the kids engaged. I love that you can turn on the volume and the questions are read to the student. This is great for a struggling or early reader. My son is at the point where he turns off the volume and reads for himself. This flexibility is great. This program has helped build my son's confidence which is a huge plus!

Grade levels used
  • 4
  • 5
Pros
Encourages Independence
Do you recommend?
Yes
K
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My daughter struggles with math. She was able to do these lesson independently and really enjoyed the program.

Grade levels used
  • 4
  • 5
Pros
Easy to use
Do you recommend?
Yes
A
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This curriculum seems to be teaching below the appropriate level of math. My daughter felt it was too easy and did not teach her anything new. We moved on to the next level up and it still has a lot of review. I can see her grades for each lesson but it doesn't specify why she received those grades. This curriculum was supposed to teach her math independent of me, but unless I am sitting right there, I don't know how she really is doing in math.

Grade levels used
  • 5
  • 6
Do you recommend?
No
V
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My kids really love the Teaching Textbooks for Math. They do feel there is a bit too much review at the start of a new level. They love the characters and having control over changing them. I think it covers a great deal of useful math.

Grade levels used
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
Pros
kids love graphics, doing math on computer
Cons
have had trouble with grade book not recording grades, modern computers don't always have CD drives so we have to mount discs
Do you recommend?
Yes
A
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We just finished a year of Teaching Textbooks 3 and my son loved it. He is very good at math, so he was pretty self-sufficient on this curriculum. I thought there could be more drilling on math facts, it taught multiplication concepts but we still used Big Brainz to learn those in addition to Teaching Textbooks. It is nice that it does everything for you, just let them do the curriculum and then print out the gradebook and you are done. You have the option to buy a book that goes with the disks but you really don't need it. We never used ours.

Grade levels used
3
Pros
Very easy for kids to do on their own
Cons
We had to add another program for drilling multiplication facts
Do you recommend?
Yes
JR
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We lost 2 years of Math. We ended up switching back to our original curriculum. 3 kids, 3 different grades, all ended up back where we started

Grade levels used
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 9
Pros
Very easy to use
Cons
2 years of use and all 3 of my kids tested VERY low on a curriculum placement test
Do you recommend?
I actually dont. Sadly my kids are 2 years behind.
A
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My favorite part is that if he scores badly (like really bad), I can erase the assignment and have him redo the entire thing! This is a great incentive for him to pay attention the first time around!!!

Grade levels used
5
Pros
Easy to use, complete
Do you recommend?
Yes
SM
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I love Teaching Textbooks & recommend it to anyone who struggles teaching math or whose child struggles with the subject themselves. My boys do not love math, but they get good grades with this system and stopped hating math since we've used it.

Grade levels used
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
Pros
Tons of review, so your child will actually understand & master each new concept. It keeps all records & grades for you!!
Cons
Didn't spend much time on mastery of times tables, this is easily remedied w/flash cards & parental support.
Do you recommend?
I highly recommend Teaching Textbooks & plan to use the entire system.
JC
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
Personal opinion 
 
4.0
Coverage of subject 
 
3.5
Ease of use 
 
5.0

All in all we have enjoyed this curriculum and I feel that my child has learned all that is required for her level.

Grade levels used
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
My kids love the computer game and I love the capability to switch between screen and print. I also love that it tracks completed lessons and grades.
Cons
The curriculum seems to be a bit behind the grade and repetitive.
Do you recommend?
yes
JF
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