When you’re homeschooling, you find that certain subjects come easy to teach and others challenge you as the teacher. Math is that subject for me. As a mom of 7 children, I have struggled with finding a math routine that works for us. With my older children, I made the mistake of switching math curriculum multiple times over the years instead of incrementally working through one curriculum. That resulted in having to do a major math intervention with my oldest, that while it ended up well, is one experience I would rather not repeat. After reflecting on what I needed in a math curriculum and what my children needed, I decided to use Teaching Textbooks. While Teaching Textbooks is an awesome choice for any size family, it is especially great for large families.
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1. Teaching Textbooks allows me to be a math facilitator not the teacher.
Currently I have 5 students at home. I was struggling teaching math to five children at different levels–let alone getting all the grading done. On a good math day, I felt like that was all I did— teach math! And since math is a subject I personally have had to overcome negative mindsets with, teaching math was draining to me.
Teaching Textbooks on the other hand, lets me be a math facilitator. That means Teaching Textbooks does the teaching, I do the checking up, review and reteaching a concept if necessary, but that’s it! This role-switch has allowed us to actually get math done consistently and has freed up my teaching schedule.
2. Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Streamlines Math Materials
I used Teaching Textbooks for awhile years ago with my older two. At that time all the lessons were on discs. While I tried to make sure nothing happened to those discs— one would get scratched or lost. And the textbooks were so thick! For multiple children, this took up a lot of bookshelf space. This doesn’t happen anymore with Teaching Textbooks 3.0. This new version is an online subscription so no more discs and no more bulky books! Yay!
With each math subscription, the corresponding ebook is included. You can read it online or even print it off if needed. (You can still purchase the printed math book too.) What I have done is given my children a spiral notebook. They take notes during the lecture (many times what they need to write is underlined in the lecture) and then they write the problems in their notebook to show their work. So at this time we are not utilizing the ebook, but I like that if needed, it is available.
3. Teaching Textbooks Provides Easy Record Keeping
Oh my goodness I love this feature of Teaching Textbooks! I can log in to the Parent’s page and see what all my kids have completed, what they struggled with and how they are progressing. This is huge! One spot for all of this information! Not only is this saved online, but I can print it out too. With multiple children to track, this makes it so easy!
The other convenient feature is that if your student doesn’t do well on a lesson, you can delete the scores and have them redo it. In our home, you must obtain a 90% or above to move on to the next lesson. I want to make sure that my kids aren’t just doing a lesson to get it done, but rather understand what they are learning. And since math builds on concepts learned, I really want them to have a solid foundation.
4. Teaching Textbooks is Affordable
I appreciate that they offer a large family discount plan! This discount plan caps the total and allows you to have 4-8 students on the plan, each subscribing to their own math level. What we pay for the year is what I used to pay for one level of a high school disc version of Teaching Textbooks.
5. Teaching Textbooks is Flexible
If needed, you could do math on the go! If you have a tablet or phone you can download the Puffin browser and complete math wherever life takes you. And as a mom of a large family, there are days where I have to be driving older kids places (or vice versa) and now our math can come with us.
Also, the online subscription is good for 1 math level for 1 year for each student. What happens if you go on vacation? Or take a month off during December? Teaching Textbooks allows you to pause a subscription. That is a huge perk!
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Subscription Giveaway
Yes! You can give Teaching Textbooks 3.0 a try right now for free! Not only is there no limit to the number of free trials you can sign up for at once, there is also no time limit for completing each trial. You can try any level up to lesson 15, then if it is a fit for your family, you can actually get those grades transferred to your new subscription! If you’re not sure what level to place your child, follow the placement test instructions.
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