The following post about why Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is the Best Math Curriculum is a sponsored post from Teaching Textbooks. I received two online subscriptions and monetary compensation for my time in researching and writing this completely honest review and running the giveaway.
When I first started homeschooling back in 2005, I’d have to say that one of the more fearful parts starting the adventure was knowing I’d have to teach math. Math is not my favorite subject. I’m not a natural, and, to tell the truth, I really don’t like it! So, I tried quite a few different math curricula to find that one that fits me and our family the best. Here are 11 Reasons Why Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is the Best Math Curriculum for Us!
It’s all online
We had been using Teaching Textbooks 2.0 (with the CD-Rom discs) for a few years. This past January we hit a snag when our computer stopped working. It got extremely glitchy, and I got extremely frustrated because I never knew if the kids could get their math done or not on any particular day.
Finally, after getting about a month behind, we got our computer fixed. When I called Teaching Textbooks to get the accounts reactivated, I said how much I wished they had an online version so that we weren’t dependent on the computer or the discs to be working in order to do math. They told me they were just about to launch 3.0, and I could give it a try early! Woo-hoo!
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I only signed up a couple of kids at first so we could see if it was worth it. Oh boy, was it! I signed up four of them last February, and the younger 2 kids this summer!
The kids all LOVE being able to log into their accounts no matter what computer they’re on. Now, my two high schoolers do math on their Chromebooks in their bedrooms where it’s quiet instead of on the former “Teaching Textbook” computer in the main school room. Also, the discs were starting to get scratched up, and I really didn’t think they would last through all my kids. Now, I don’t have to worry about that.
Gets good results
One of the negatives that we have heard about Teaching Textbooks for years was that it’s “easier” than other math curricula. This year my oldest son (who goes to public school) had a math tutor to help him through Algebra 2. She was quite familiar with Teaching Textbooks because she has worked with a number of homeschoolers. She said she was pleased with how well he was doing. (He had used Teaching Textbooks for Algebra 1).
Furthermore, my 2nd son who has used TT for Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 got a 26 ACT math score on his first try as a 16-year-old. I feel he had a solid foundation with Teaching Textbooks and will get that score up even higher as he takes the ACT one or two more times.
Colorful and Customizable
My 8-year-old son, especially, loves the Buddies that he can change out, as well as the backgrounds. He has a lot of fun making it look good before he gets down to focusing on his daily math lesson.
Has a “paper” version included
If your student is a paper-and-pencil type, you can print out the lessons and have him or her work out the problems right there, and then just type the answer into the computer to find out if it’s correct and keep track of grades.
See the paper version here:
Mom can easily check the Gradebook from any device
This used to be a huge hassle for me. I never used the computer the kids used for math, and when I’d finally head over there to check math scores, someone would almost always be there using it. Now, I can check it on my own laptop, or even my phone!
A special large family rate is now available
This is so exciting for families like mine! If you have 4-8 children needing a Teaching Textbooks 3.0 subscription, your total will be capped with their special rate. Thank you, Teaching Textbooks for doing this!
Can be used on iPad or iPhone with Puffin web browser!
I just found out about this so most of the kids haven’t tried it yet, but this will be a game-changer. I think we have enough computers and devices that all 6 kids could be doing their Teaching Textbooks math at the SAME TIME! In the past I had to schedule it for 6 different times of the day so they could all get their math in. See some tips for using TT on your tablet or phone here.
I see the hints as a way for the kids to get the same help I would give them if I were sitting right next to them. Now, I can focus on helping kids learn to read or write or do science while Teaching Textbooks does all they need for math.
Hints and/or Second Chances can be turned off by the parent
Another new feature with Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is that you can turn off hints or second chances. Know your child and how they’re doing with math to see whether this is beneficial or not. But, it sure is great to have the option.
Each student’s subscription lasts for 12 months, with the option to stop for 3 months
With this new online version Teaching Textbooks 3.0, you pay for a year’s access, but if you want to turn it off for a while due to something like a vacation or illness, you can.
They have placement exams on their website
If you aren’t sure what level to start your child at, have your child take the placement exam you find on the Teaching Textbooks website. Since I was moving from a different curriculum to Teaching Textbooks, this was helpful for me.
Customer Service is awesome
I have always been pleased with the level of expertise of the tech and customer service help. I have both emailed and called a number of times.
There are 10 levels of math to choose from
Starting from Level 3 (about 3rd grade, but take the placement exam to know for sure), Teaching Textbooks goes all the way up to Pre-Calculus!
Right now I have children doing Math 3, Math 4, Math 5, Math 7, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2. We have used all levels except Pre-Calculus.
Here are some of the lessons from Math 3:
And a lesson from Math 4:
I expect we’ll keep 3.0 for quite a while because Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is the Best Math Curriculum for us!