I received three Teaching Textbooks 3.0 subscriptions for my children. However, all opinions are 100% my own and were not changed because I received review copies.
Math can be a four letter word of dread in many homeschool family’s especially if you have more then one child to teach. I feel that math is an important subject that everyone needs a good handle on in order to succeed at life. Whether your child plans to attend college or complete a trade school being able to be sure their paycheck isn’t cheated or balancing a checkbook in order to pay bills is important.
Teaching Textbook Placement Tests
If you are new to homeschooling your child or your child is behind in math then you may not know which grade level aka Teaching Textbooks YEAR to begin with. Their website has you covered with placement tests that you can print off and allow your child to take. With Eldest and Princess I opted to just enroll them in the next level Math that they would need for high school credit. Eldest is taking Algebra 1 while Princess is taking Geometry.
I wasn’t quite sure what Big Red would need so I gave him a placement test. I looked over Math 3 and realized it would be too easy for him. I then printed off the Math 4 placement test and set him to task to complete it. Once he completed the Math 4 placement test and it was scored by Princess we determined that Math 4 was the correct year for him.
You can also just jump right in with the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Free Trial which includes the first 15 lessons for as many levels as you want to try. This allows your family to get a feel for the curriculum BEFORE committing to it!
Advantages of Teaching Textbooks 3.0
I want to share a few advantages that we have found so far using Teaching Textbooks for this school year.
- Your child can login and work on the lesson online.
- You can print off lessons to work on at a table or on a clipboard while on the go.
- A parent can log in and edit or delete an answer allowing an incorrectly typed answer to be corrected or to give the child a chance to rework a problem.
Since we have a varied schedule with participation in various homeschool groups and family activities it is important to be able to print lessons to take with us and work on them in the car. We also want our children to succeed and learn their math concepts well which means getting each lesson or test above 80%. Grades are NOT the emphasis in our homeschool but we do want our children to have good grades for insurance discounts as the teens drive and for college admissions.
Each lessons is structured in the same way with a lecture, practice problems and then the regular problems.
Disadvantages of Teaching Textbooks
No final grade for the year which many family’s could use to help create their child’s report card or transcript. YES, I know that I can add up all the grades and divide and get the percentage myself but having that column added would be a great bonus.
Not realizing that there’s definitions and proofs at the very end of the textbook in the Appendix! My daughter struggled with proofs for over 80% of the year writing out each proof in a notebook.
Things that Teaching Textbooks Have Improved
Since late Fall 2019 we have noticed some improvements worth mentioning. Less days “offline” or website unavailable then in the beginning and usually only slow on Monday mornings.
When you go into your students gradebook you can now quickly see which lessons are complete and which are not. If a student scores low on a lesson and you delete problems for them to correct it’s much easier to see this. If a lesson does not have a C for Complete then it means the Lesson still has problems to complete.
Few Reminders about Teaching Textbooks
- Teaching Textbooks offers a FREE Trial of the first 15 Lessons of any and all of their levels! This is how I started–I saw the quality for myself and was really impressed! If you’re at all curious about TT, I highly encourage you to give the free trial a try! (They will not take any payment information from you for the free trial!)
- Teaching Textbooks offers a Large Family Discount (12 month subscription for 4-8 students is $199.08)
- Teaching Textbooks begins at approximately 3rd Grade (Math 3) and goes through high school (Pre-Calculus).