Math is one of those subjects that works best if you can find just the right curriculum to meet your particular child’s needs. Some children like more one-on-one teaching and guidance. Others need more freedom to learn and explore math concepts on their own. When my son (who has now graduated from our homeschool) was in high school, he wanted (and needed!) a math program that would give him flexibility. He enjoyed working on some subjects with me teaching and guiding him, but math was a subject that was hard for us to navigate together. Teaching Textbooks was the solution for us!
Whether you use the online subscription service or the CDs, the lessons work the same way. The student watches and listens to a lesson/lecture explaining the new math concept or reviewing an old one. He or she sees illustrations while hearing about the math concept and learning why the problem is worked that certain way. Next the student has the option of completing some practice problems which don’t go toward his/her grade. After the optional practice problems, the student must complete the problems in the lesson, and of course these do go toward the grade. Quizzes are automatically given every so often.
Teaching Textbooks worked very well for him because Teaching Textbooks gave him:
The ability to re-watch lessons:
- He could watch the lecture/teaching part of the lesson once or over and over–depending on whether or not he understood the information right away. He loved being able to keep moving if he understood the lesson the first time or being able to re-watch the lesson if he didn’t “get it” at first. And I loved that I wasn’t the one having to repeat the information until he grasped it!
The ability to enter his answers on the computer:
- He struggled with fine motor skills even as an older student, so it was extremely helpful for him to be able to enter his answers and have them checked automatically. Because his handwriting wasn’t good, it was often hard for me to grade his lessons, but entering answers on the computer worked very well for him. I still sometimes had him do the work on a piece of paper just because I knew he’d probably need to be able to do that in college (But things change so quickly now that that may not necessarily be the case!), but it was a relief to him not to have to always write out his answers.
The ability to watch an explanation for how to work each problem:
- When he missed problems, he had the ability to watch explanations telling him exactly how to work the incorrect problems. I loved that he was instantly able to see whether or not his answer was correct, and I loved even more that he could immediately see the correct way to work a missed problem.
Teaching Textbooks now has an even better way to use their curriculum! They now offer an online subscription service, and we absolutely love it! When my son was using Teaching Textbooks, I bought the CDs, and he had to use his disc drive to play them and do his lessons. Now days many smaller computers don’t even come with disc drives! When my daughter first began using Teaching Textbooks a few years ago, she had to use my computer because hers didn’t have a disc drive. So of course we were super excited when the new online subscription service became an option!
There are quite a few advantages to the new online subscription service:
The gradebook is more helpful and informative.
- The gradebook gives parents the ability to see which lessons each child has completed. It allows parents to see which problems were missed and which ones were correct. It shows if the student used hints to help get correct answers. (Hints are optional. Parents can turn them on or off.) It shows how many attempts were made by the student to get the correct answer. In other words, even though you aren’t necessarily sitting at the computer with your child while he or she does math, you can still get a clear picture of how the lessons are going and how each child is performing.
Your subscription can be paused if needed.
- If you’ll be vacationing, taking a break for the holidays, or have some other reason that you won’t be using your subscription for a while, you can pause it. Your subscription is for 12 months, and you get 3 months of pause time during that year.
Your subscription can be used on mobile devices!
Sounds and buddies can be turned on or off.
- Some students love the buddies (little characters that say or do things as a way of keeping the lessons fun and motivational) that are included in the lessons. They enjoy the fun characters and look forward to seeing what they say or do when correct answers are entered. The same goes for sounds. Some students enjoy listening to the fun sounds and find them motivational. For other students, though, the buddies and sounds may be distracting. Teaching Textbooks gives you the ability to turn buddies and sounds on or off–whichever works best for your child.
Hints and corrections can be turned on or off.
- Hints are available for more difficult problems. The student can see and hear that a hint is available and can choose whether or not to see and hear the hint. If he or she wants to try the problem without a hint, he/she can do that. If the student wants to see and hear the hint, though, that option is available. The same is true for corrections when students miss problems. Parents, though, have the ability to turn off hints and corrections so that these options are not available.
There is an ebook included.
- If you’d rather your student have a printed copy of the book, you may print out individual pages or entire chapters–it’s up to you! The ebook includes an answer key too. Below you can see sample pages from two different ebooks.
Students now have the ability to change wallpaper and buddies.
- It’s more fun to do math if the student has some control over the way the screen looks. Most students enjoy choosing their own wallpaper and buddies, and now they have the ability to do that! This makes the lessons more fun and motivational too.
And here are some of the things we’ve always loved about Teaching Textbooks:
- Lessons are directed to the student, not the parent.
- Lessons/lectures are very short–typically about 5 to 10 minutes long.
- Grading is automatic! My child doesn’t have to wait for me to check over the lesson.
- Optional practice problems are included in each lesson.
- Real-world problems teach students skills they need to have.
Placement Test and Levels:
There is a placement test available if you’re not sure of your child’s level or where to begin.
Teaching Textbooks curriculum is available for 3rd grade through geometry (with calculus becoming available soon). This means that there are levels for 3rd – 7th grades, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and (once it’s available) Calculus.
If you’d like an idea of what some of the levels look like, here are a few screenshots of some of the levels. Notice the wallpapers and the buddies near the upper left hand corners.
Not sure if Teaching Textbooks is right for your family? How about a free trial?
To find out how to get your free trial, click here! This free trial offer NEVER expires, so try it whenever you’re ready!
If you’re ready to get your subscription:
If you’re convinced that Teaching Textbooks is right for your family, you can get your subscription by clicking here! Prices range from $43.08 (about $3.59 a month) to $67.08 (about $5.59 a month) depending upon the level. And if you have 4 or more children who will be using Teaching Textbooks, they now have a plan available for large families! Using this plan, 4 to 8 students can receive a Teaching Textbooks subscription for $199.08, which is about $16.59 a month!