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Math. The struggle is real. At least it used to be. We have been using Teaching Textbooks for some time now and can I say, we are loving it! Our family was so greatly blessed to have the chance to review a couple different levels of the new and improved version, Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0. We received a twelve month subscription with lifetime access to the gradebook. There is also the option to pause your subscription for up to 3 months (this doesn’t count towards your 12 months) If you have seasons where you just get busy, or whatever may be, this is definitely a real bonus! Of course since we started with this we are really enjoying math; sure there are still some grumbles here and there but if my kids don’t really get so much out of each lesson.
No matter what level you need they have something for you! Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 provides courses from Grade 3 through Pre-Calculus. If you aren’t really sure where to place your children, they also offer a placement test to help determine what level to start at. We actually chose to use the levels we did because of the results of the test we completed so it is very helpful!
Teaching Textbooks 4.0 is an app based program (don’t let that scare you)! This program is like a personal tutor; there are instructional videos that precede each days activities. There are also ebooks you can access in your parent portal to get a printable PDF of every one of the lessons or tests along with the answers. There are also practice pages to print as needed. This is so helpful for me, especially as we get into those higher math courses. That day is quickly coming (One of my boys plans on learning forging this summer and there is so much math in that). What an opportunity that will be in so many ways!
What do I love most? I love the spiral program that this teaches. Every lesson involves review of previously learned concepts. In this way as my younger and older learn new skills, they are also continuing to strengthen those things they learned. Seeing my kids work through their lessons, it is so encouraging to see them have to review as well. And when they can’t quite get it right? They can see the answer and are also shown how to do that particular problem. For me, the more we learn, the more we need to use the material we have learned. The more I see my kids work the more certain I am that this works in amazing ways. 🙂
My girl (9) used Math 4 – we downloaded the app onto the computer and set up her account (I did need some help in this and their customer service, they rock!) This little lady wants to work with animals as a veterinarian one day so she knows she needs math but until now she has not enjoyed lessons at all. Getting and keeping her attention can be difficult but she really took to this program. She really loves the sticker and wallpaper books because, she is a bit of as diva, likes all her things to look pretty. She would often start her lesson by making sure she had a wallpaper and sticker that pleased her. Whatever it takes some days.
As for my boy (11) he just seems to have a head for math so he has been working through the lessons here and I am seeing a few gaps here and there. Thankfully, the method of teaching used with this program has been doing a fabulous job of working on those weaker skills while still moving him forward. Fractions have always been a struggle but he really likes the way this program teaches them. And it makes him so glad that he can see, when he gets something wrong, each step that led to the right answer and compare it to his work. Watching him work and follow along in the videos, he is my kid who is really into all the details, so this has been a great fit for him ad as he moves into pre-algebra and likely more, I am sure he will be asking for more of Teaching Textbooks.
There are so many programs out there for our children that focus on the various levels of math and I think we have tried most of them ourselves. Every child, every family, is different in how they best learn and respond to learning academically but for my children thus far, Teaching Textbooks has been such a wonderful experience for all of my kids, inspiring them to see how fun math can really be! As a parent it is so refreshing to find materials like this that help my kids to experience math in a gentler, way, especially when it changes their perspective from “math stinks” to math is kind of awesome.”
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