I am not good at explaining math so I was thrilled to hear about this product from a friend. We immediately purchased the pack and my daughter began working on it as soon as it arrived. My daughter loves it because it explains the approach to her in a way that she can understand. I love that it walks her through and gives her hints, that she can redo the question if she struggles with it, and that I can track her progress. We are very satisfied!
My kids really wanted to try this curriculum because it looked so fun....I liked that it looked easy for me...built in grading & gradebook, SWEET!....unfortunately, I think it's too easy for them....I had my first grader doing math 3...keep in mind she has only had Singapore K math....she got 100% on the first 3 lessons....easy! But my bigger concern is she was learning how to get the right answer but not learning the big picture math concepts we saw with Singapore.....Singapore's though, I'm not going to lie....I found it frustrating because I have 3 grades & one of mine has learning issues, Singapore was super hard for her...but at this point I felt like a bad Mommy to let me kids do TT....I wanted to like it because I thought it would make my life easy....and it would. But we're in California & this is way below the expectations I had for it. I don't want to keep up with public school (and actually my children have only been in private & now home)...but this would have put them at a huge disadvantage to continue until college....not because of state schools, because I don't even care if my children want higher education or not...but because Singapore will create larger capacity in them as thinkers for the rest of their life. I'm putting all 3 TT on ebay & ordering Singapore....Last year I was learning from it & enjoyed it expanding my capacity to think creatively & out of the box. I want kids who think big & out of the box too...that's what this world needs. TT is like the math I learned as a kid that's just to get the right answer, not to learn to think differently. My kids are a little sad...they will miss their burbing & growling buddies, but I just can't have a clear conscience letting them use this out of date method after I've been exposed to Singapore. It's WAY inferior to what we're used to....bye bye to the easy life mama....hello working hard to equip kids for the rest of their lives!
I bought this for my first grade (advanced) and third grade sons. It used to be a daily struggle to get my third grader to do his work, he struggled with having to write his answer. Now he does math first thing and some days asks to do an extra lesson. He does it all on the computer do he doesn't have to write anything. I didn't realize this was an option so I bought an additional separate workbook for my first grader that I wouldn't have needed.
The only complaint I would have is this program seems to be a little below the grade it advertises for. The easy solution is to go to the next level. It would have been nice to have known this ahead of time to avoid returns or the dissappointment of the choice of grade levels. The program itself is fabulous.