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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Using Teaching Textbooks with multiple ages ~ a TOS review

Disclaimer: I received a Complimentary copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations. 

Teaching Textbooks Reviews
 

Hi there! As we wrap up our school year and start planning for next year’s courses, have you thought about what curriculum you will be using for math? Earlier this year we were given the opportunity to try out the new app-based math program from Teaching Textbooks. This new version of their Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 has allowed us to fill in gaps and get ahead in our homeschool math learning. 


The folks at Teaching Textbooks (aka TT) sent us access to their Math 6, Pre-Algebra, and Pre-Calculus programs for this review. As I stated above, TT is an app-based subscription that is accessible on computers, tablets, and smartphones. The complete program is designed for homeschooling families with children working at grade 3-Pre-Calculus level. Pricing is just right for small to large families so you are not having to shell out hundreds of dollars for homeschool math curriculum. Families with 4-8 students pay a special discounted price of $199.08 a year for up to 8 students.
 

Getting set up to start the program was easy. I simply downloaded each of the apps from the app store onto the girls iPads mini’s and followed the steps to set up. Each of the girls has access to their own login and password for their corresponding level. My girls liked that they were able to personalize their courses with stickers and backgrounds. An eBook for the entire course is available to view for each lesson. My girls have not found it necessary to use the eBook as the lessons work just fine for them to understand the concepts. There is also an option to purchase a printed eBook if needed/wanted. 



I had access to my very own parent portal to help me keep track of everything. This parent portal allows me to monitor the girls work and to see where they had problems, if any. In this parent portal there is also the grade book that logs all the work the student completes. The answer keys are also found on the parent portal. 



We are not strangers to the TT courses. My oldest Marie used their Geometry and Pre-Calculus book/CD based programs in high school. This new app-based program is a huge lifesaver for the portability of the product! Typically, from Jan-May we travel for the girl’s competitive gymnastics, this year things have been different because of the pandemic. Nonetheless, the ability for the girls to take the iPad to the gym on double training days has been a huge blessing. No more lugging around their textbooks because everything is compacted right into the tablet. 


McKenzie has been using and excelling in the Math 6 program while Montana is using and gaining confidence in the Pre-Algebra curriculum. Both girls use the program as a supplement to our current standard math. McKenzie is working ahead of grade level while Montana is working at grade level. Mikayla, my Senior, tried the Pre-Calculus program for a few weeks. We quickly found that the format just didn’t work for her learning style. 


Montana and McKenzie will use the program 2-3 days a week on Wednesday, Friday, and some Saturdays. McKenzie normally completes two lessons because she enjoys math while Montana is only required to do the one lesson. I really like that I was able to pack our school iPad for McKenzie to take on Friday for her double training day. During the 2- hour school break she was able to complete her two math lessons. She would then send me a quick text message and I would log into the parent portal to check her grade.
 
Overall, I think this is a great program for homeschool math. We have used it as a supplement to our current and long-standing math and will continue to do so for the rest of our subscription. I especially enjoy how McKenzie is able to work a grade level ahead and learn new math concepts and Montana can solidify concepts that she needs more time with. This is a win-win in my book! Thirty of my CrewMates have also used various levels of the Teaching Textbook curriculum. Be sure to click on the banner below to read their thoughts! 

Reviews of Teaching Textbooks
 

Company ~ Teaching Textbooks 
Format ~ app-based 
Price ~ Math 6 ~ $55.08, Pre-Algebra $67.08, Pre-Calculus ~ $67.08 
Ages ~ 3rd-12th grade math 


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