This year I really agonized over which Math curriculum to use for our homeschooling of Paprika. Over the years, we have tried many products for Math (product…get it?!) – and all fell short for one reason or another.
I had heard such great things about Teaching Textbooks – so I thought it was worth a try. I first decided to buy it used on Ebay – but when I went to buy it used, I found it cost almost as much as buying it new! So, I bought it straight from the website – and it was here in two days. Yay!
We have been using Teaching Textbooks (Grade 3) for about six weeks now. Paprika is half-way through the curriculum in just six weeks – so by October, I think we’ll be buying her the next level up! I don’t know if this is common, but if your child is able to do more than one lesson/day, then you’ll finish the curriculum rather quickly. Of course, this would be true of any curriculum if your child (or you) chooses to accelerate!
Here are the Pros and Cons of Teaching Textbooks, as I see them:
-Works at child’s pace (can go as fast or slow as you need)
-Child can work mostly independently.
-Can reuse for younger children
-Few rewards and games
-Little repetition (this can be a pro or a con, depending on your child!)
-Can be a little “easy” for grade level. Make sure your child takes the Placement Test on their website before you buy!
Overall, I am very happy with the curriculum. It is fun, engaging, and works at the child’s pace. It is one of the first computer-based math learning products we’ve used that actually TEACHES the child Math! I know – what a concept, right?!
It is always positive and encouraging, which is great especially if you have a child who is a little sensitive or gets discouraged easily. When the child gets the wrong answer, the instructor gently corrects and either gives the child a chance to try again or will explain the problem in patient, upbeat manner.
You can take breaks as often as you like, and there is no incentive for the child to hury (no ticking clock) except for in the Bonus Rounds, which happen every few lessons. The Bonus Rounds are short two minute review sessions where the child can earn extra points to add to their lesson’s score. Hint: turn down the volume if music or a ticking clock causes your child anxiety.
I have come to realize that no matter what curriculum I use, Paprika is not going to fall in LOVE with Math. She would much rather read a book or compose a song, or draw…all day long! And that’s okay. With Teaching Textbooks, I feel that she’s still getting the Math knowledge that she needs in a concise, easy to digest format. She does her one or two lessons per day and moves on to topics she would rather tackle.
If you have a Math Lover, I would imagine that he or she would be very excited about Teaching Textbooks! As it is, I have a Math-phobe who is FINE with Teaching Textbooks – which is fine by me!
We also supplement with other Math products, of course – lots of iPad apps, and also some computer-based games and tutorials. I like knowing that the basics are all covered here and that there are few holes in her Math learning, since we are working through the curriculum one lesson at a time. Also, the fact that the computer keeps track of all the lessons and her grades on each one really cuts my work down! It is very organized and easy for me to check on her daily progress.
All things considered, we will be buying again! I plan on keeping Teaching Textbooks 3 for Ginger to use in a few years. I love that I can reuse the curriculum – and it will work like new for future kiddos.
(I was NOT compensated for this post – I just love sharing my knowledge with other parents!)