Saturday, August 22, 2020

Why We Switched Math Programs to Teaching Textbooks

Why We Switched Math Programs to Teaching Textbooks

We've been homeschooling since 1994 so we have been at this for a minute. For over 20 years we used a very popular curriculum that's been around for many years. It was used in many public and private schools but not really geared toward homeschool students. It was a thorough program and met the needs at the time.

However, in recent years, our lives have become a little more hectic and unpredictable. These changes came due to the health issues of my sister and my dad. Basically, we needed something a little more "hands-off" for me. So, I reluctantly tried Teaching Textbooks.

Teaching Textbooks -Teaching Textbooks allowed me to easily set up a schedule and it does the teaching and grading for me.

We set up a system...a "standard operating procedure" for math. The kids, at the time a 1st grader, 6th grader, and 8th grader, would watch the lesson, complete the practice problems, and then complete the lesson problems. If they missed a problem, they were to try again. If they missed it a second time, they were to watch the video that shows HOW that problem was solved. This allowed them to learn from their mistakes as they did the work...which did not happen when I had to grade their work because, honestly, I would fall behind trying to grade math for three kids and still run a household and care for other family needs.

Moving them to this curriculum allowed them to keep up with their math lessons even if I was unavailable and I could log into the parent side, review their progress and even reset a problem they had missed or even a whole lesson if I felt they weren't comprehending it well.

It really has worked well for our family and I enjoy the freedom it has given us. We do use the CD version of the program and it's loaded on our laptop. Since it's loaded ON the laptop, we can do math anywhere...even in the car! This is great when our schedule takes us away from home for the day or we are traveling.

Give it a try! You might love it as much as we do! 
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