Over the years we have used a variety of homeschool math programs. We have ditched several along the way, but others continue to serve us well at various levels.
For years, though, I had wanted to try Teaching Textbooks with my kids. I’d heard so many good things about it, but I never took the plunge.
Recently I had opportunity to try Teaching Textbooks 3.0, an online math curriculum, for the first time—and I was not disappointed!
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About Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Math Curriculum
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is an online video-based math curriculum that is designed specifically for independent learners. Students watch the lesson videos and complete assignments online—all without any parental involvement.
Because Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is online subscription, you’ll never need a CD drive to use the curriculum. It can be easily accessed in any web browser that supports Adobe Flash Player (we use Google Chrome). And good news for busy families: Teaching Textbooks is mobile friendly, too!
Teaching Textbooks offers lessons from Math 3 through pre-calculus; however, the levels are not strictly set according to grade levels. For example, Teaching Textbooks 3 might be used by either an advanced second-grader or an average third-grader. Thankfully, there is a handy placement test available to help determine which level your child should use.
Worried about the cost? Teaching Textbooks offers a large family discount for families with 4-8 students. For just under $200, you’ll get access to a complete level for each student. Awesome deal!
Why I Recommend This Math Curriculum for Independent Learners
1. Extensive video instruction
Each level of Teaching Textbooks 3.0 includes 120-160 hours of video instruction—more than any other math program that I am aware of. This extensive instruction allows the program to be truly “self-teaching.”
2. Interactive lessons
Video lessons are taught using an animated notepad that displays the key points and demonstrates example problems. Throughout each lesson, the student is asked for input, ensuring that they understand the concepts and helping them to stay focused.
3. Built-in review
Teaching Textbooks includes review of previous lessons in every homework assignment to aid in retention of previously studied concepts. Since review is built into the assignments, parents don’t need to worry about providing any review or supplementary materials.
4. Detailed solutions for every problem
One of the best features of Teaching Textbooks is the audiovisual step-by-step explanations for every single one of the almost 3,500 problems in each level. If the student answers a problem incorrectly, the program will allow them to see a detailed video explanation of that particular problem.
Can you imagine not needing to help your child work through missed problems? Especially in the higher math levels? Absolutely genius!!
In addition, if the program don’t answer all your questions, there are tutors available by phone to help explain the concept to your child one-on-one!
5. Immediate feedback
Because students input answers directly into the program, they know immediately if they have made an error. This is vitally important in ensuring that the child doesn’t have to “unlearn” a concept that he has misunderstood.
6. Automatic grading
I absolutely LOVE the automatic grading feature in Teaching Textbooks 3.0! I can literally watch the online gradebook while Weston is working through the lesson and see how many problems he has completed so far and how many of those were correct.
If you dread correcting worksheets and grading tests as much as I do, the automatic grading in Teaching Textbooks will be worth the entire cost of the online subscription!
Free Trial of Teaching Textbooks 3.0
Want to check it out for yourself? Grab your FREE trial of Teaching Textbooks 3.0! The free trial does NOT require a credit card and has NO time limit. You can try the first 15 lessons of any level—in fact, you can actually try ALL of the levels if you like!
If you have questions about the free trial, you can check out the Free Trial FAQs for more information.