If I’ve learned one thing after homeschooling for five years it’s this: no two homeschool years are exactly alike. Every year homeschool families face different challenges to finding their weekly rhythm. Juggling multiple subjects, various grade levels and everything else that comes with family life is never easy. I’m always looking for ways to streamline our day while giving my kiddos the best education possible. That’s what led me to seek out a quality online homeschool math curriculum that simplified our lives.
While making plans for our 2017-2018 I discovered Teaching Textbooks. While at the time it was only offered as a CD-driven curriculum it checked all my boxes for a homeschool math curriculum. It was engaging and student-led. My son could do his work independently and I simply had to check his score on the computer. We instantly fell in love with Teaching Textbooks and beginning this school year it is now offered as a completely online homeschool math curriculum as Teaching Textbooks 3.0.
Disclosure: I received this product for free and was compensated for my time. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
ABOUT TEACHING TEXTBOOKS 3.0
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is an online math curriculum designed specifically for homeschool. TT 3.0 is available for Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Each level includes more than 100 hours of multimedia instruction accessed through a web browser on any internet-connected device. Students listen to an instructor teach a lesson supported by on-screen graphics and interactivity. Students are actively learning during each lecture rather than passively listening! Lectures are followed by problem sets where students enter their answers into the program and the program records their answers. Parents can access the program online to see student progress.
You can learn more about Teaching Textbooks 3.0 here. Select the level your interested in to learn more specifics about what TT 3.0 can offer your homeschool.
We made the switch to Teaching Textbooks last year and we have not looked back. I highly recommend TT to every busy homeschool mom I meet.
WHY WE USE THIS ONLINE HOMESCHOOL MATH CURRICULUM
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 provides instant feedback and opportunities for correction. Let’s face it. You’re a busy homeschool mom and every day doesn’t go as planned. Sure, you pat yourself on the back because you got the lessons for the week planned and you haven’t had to rewash a forgotten load of laundry yet this week. But you never know what tomorrow will bring and that stack of assignments to grade could pile up quicker than you can keep up with. Your kiddos need to know how they are doing and have the opportunity to correct their work.
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 has this feedback loop built in. After the lecture, your child is given a handful of practice problems and 20 or so problems to solve related to the daily lesson and previous lessons. Your child works through each problem on paper – notebook paper, e-book printouts or physical book if you have them from TT 2.0 – then they enter their answer into the computer. The computer tells them whether they answered correctly and even gives them an opportunity to answer again if you have the second chances setting active.
This instant feedback ensures your student stays on track and you stay informed of their progress. Parents can log into the parent portal and see how their child did on each assignment. Parents can see which questions were answered incorrectly, how many hints were needed and which answers required second chances.
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 gives your student ownership over their mathematics education. The goal of any homeschool should be to develop students into life-long learners. The most important thing you can do is to give them the skill and resources to learn on their own. TT 3.0 helps your student develop the practice of independent learning. My son knows which days he needs to complete a math assignment and he is responsible for making the time to do it.
To give students even greater ownership, the creators of TT 3.0 have ingeniously included customizations to the user experience. Your kiddo can choose which math buddy they want to encourage them and offer hints. They can also choose from several background images. Surprisingly my son usually has the buddy turned off, but I have seen him using different background images.
A completely online curriculum that aligns with our online life. We made the switch to Teaching Textbooks last year and were pleased with it. But there was a two-letter hangup CDs. With TT 2.0 you were limited to using the program on whichever computer it was installed on and you had to guard the CDs with your life. It was a minor nuisance for both parent and child, but we got by. That is until the external CD drive we bought to use with our little 10” homeschool laptop quit working before this school year. The thing only lasted a year!
Enter Teaching Textbooks 3.0! Now we can log into Teaching Textbooks from anywhere on any device and complete assignments or check progress and grades. You can download the e-book and print off individual pages for your kiddos or they can simply use notebook paper for writing out their work. You could also use the physical books from TT 2.0 since the curriculum has not changed. It has worked out great for us so far.
BONUS: Teaching Textbooks 3.0 offers a free trial with no expiration date! You can try the first 15 lessons of any of their levels on a free trial with no expiration dates. How generous is that?! And if you like it and decide to purchase the full version, all of the progress and grades from the trial period will transfer to your paid account. You literally have nothing to lose by trying TT 3.0.
THE BOTTOM LINE
I highly recommend Teaching Textbooks 3.0. We loved the program when it was CD-driven and now that it’s entirely online it couldn’t be better! Utilizing a digitally-driven curriculum allows me to be able to focus on other things like teaching my younger son or outlining lessons for other curriculum. The best part is my son is taking ownership of his homeschool schedule and excelling at math.
Cost: A 12-month subscription cost between $43 and $67 depending on your grade level. Subscriptions can be paused for up to 3-months because well…life. Discounts are available for large families (4-8) students.
Choosing a grade level: If you’re ready to try Teaching Textbooks 3.0, a great place to start is their placement test. They are completed offline but help you easily determine the best level for your kiddo to start on.
Teaching Textbooks is giving one of my readers a free, one-year subscription to Teaching Textbooks 3.0. All you have to do to enter is to sign up for a free trial at teachingtextbooks.com. You can earn additional entries by visiting Teaching Textbooks on Facebook and following Teaching Textbooks on Instagram.