Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra Kit, Version 2.0
What a blessing!
This is our first year of Teaching Textbooks (pre-alg)... my 8th grade daughter has gone from crying, hating math last school year...to 'Math is my favorite subject!'...all because of Teaching Textbooks! Thank you so much for this curriculum, it makes it so much more understandable to a child that has always struggled in math, always cried about math because she didn't understand even the basics.
August 27, 2012
Good foundation with slow pacing
I am a home school mom, a college professor and an ACT tutor. We just finished our first year with this curriculum.
There are several good things to consider. The book sets a good foundation for high school math. The information is presented clearly if your student can handle the tone of voice of the speakers. My daughter decided the textbook was better as she felt the voice droned too much. The text and the CD's present the exact same information in the same way. I appreciated the automatic grading and being able to go in and change grades or erase certain problems for her to redo. I appreciate that multiple students can use the curriculum at the same time. I appreciate that it presents many of the skills needed later on high school standardized tests.
For someone who is not confident in teaching upper level math to their students this would be a good choice. But listen to your kids and take their concerns seriously, they may need some slight modifications to make this work for them.
The negatives. The voice and tone will be tough for some students. The graphics are childish and distracting for some. The sound can be turned off though and the text can be used instead of listening to the lectures for those students this is difficult for. My sixth grade daughter liked this better when we turned off sound completely. Data can not be saved to the cloud. We had a computer crash and lost her work, despite backups. I would advise printing out grade sheets periodically if you need complete records of grades.
The most disappointing part of the curriculum is the pacing. It is glacial. Lessons are presented broken up over several days and we found the best way to make the curriculum work for us was to combine 2-3 lessons a day as only small parts of the information were presented and it was more clear when several lessons were combined for my daughter. In addition the daily review in the lessons is extensive and becomes tedious. Every lesson has extensive review and it does become too repetitive and unnecessary for some students. I suppose some students need the continual daily review and they will appreciate this feature. It was driving my daughter to hate the curriculum until we modified it for her.
To make the book work for us we combined several lessons per day and I only required review work on the unit tests rather than daily. If she got the review questions wrong then the next unit she had to do the daily review on the topic. The software will grade based on what you choose to do rather than all the problems listed so that worked well for us. We finished the curriculum in 6 months following these strategies and are beginning the Algebra 1 curriculum now.
Overall I still recommend the curriculum especially as an ACT tutor. Teaching textbooks presents the math skills needed for standardized tests in a clear foundational way. For this reason I have chosen to continue with the curriculum for Algebra despite the downsides. Listen to your kids though and consider making modifications if needed.
March 21, 2012
My wife and I just started homeschooling for the first time and needed some way to make math interesting for our 8th grade daughter - Teaching Textbooks fits the bill! Fun, easy to use, informative, very impressed with the way this is done, wish there were more offerings - Chemistry, History...Definately recommend!
March 13, 2012
We anticipate great things!
We are excited to begin using this math curriculum with our daughter. It has been highly recommended.
February 15, 2012