I've always been horrible at math so when we brought our 7th grade son home mid year to homeschool him, that was my biggest worry. After trying a couple of other programs we got the Teaching Textbooks for him. It was an immediate hit. Our son did great with it and actually enjoyed doing his math every day. When he didn't understand something it allowed him several ways to review the question and get more information on the specific issue that was holding him up and confusing him. For 8th grade we decided to go with BJU's whole distance learning program and Pre Algebra was included with that. It's a great program overall; however, by the second week our son was lost on the math class, and there was really no way for him to review individual problems he didn't understand unless he searched back through the video of the day's entire lesson, trying to find that one procedure or concept. He was frustrated and we were frustrated. So I came back to Teaching Textbooks and set the BJU aside. That is the joy of homeschooling.....you can do what works for your child, and Teaching Textbooks works, VERY well. There is a lot of review of concepts covered in the past so at times it feels like they are not moving forward into new things very much, but there is a 'method to the madness' and the work is retained very well this way. We are now sold on the program even more than before, and we will never leave it again. Our son will be doing Teaching Textbooks on through high school now.
I am so impressed with this curriculum. Our daughter loves it and often saves it "for dessert", so to speak. She always wants to do math last because it's her favorite subject. It motivated her to get through her other subjects more quickly so that she could do math. This curriculum is comprehensive and very self-guided. I'm not very good with math and so it was a relief to know that she was getting a good, solid education and I wouldn't "mess her up", LOL. They have created an explanation for every, single question throughout the entire curriculum. So if your student gets an answer wrong, he/she can click on "Do you want to see how to do it?" and the program guides them through the concepts and steps to solve the problem. I can't say enough good things about this curriculum. We're both looking forward to next year and beyond with Teaching Textbooks.
We started out using this with a PC, which died a slow death. I tried to download it to a Mac and it will not work. I emailed the teaching textbook customer service and their responce was they are working on making the materials available online, although they don't have a release date. That pretty much ended the use of the product for us. About the time our laptop died my child was using Khan Academy as a suppliment to understand concepts that are not explained well in Teaching Textbooks. He was learning more from Khan Academy than the actual product. I ordered a new curriculum altogether. I wasn't impressed with the quality of the lessons or the actual teaching.
We used Bob Jones University Math from grades K-6. I really liked it from K-5 (and still use it for the younger children), but no one liked the changes in the 6th grade format. I went to my homeschool convention with my math for 7th grade narrowed down to Saxon or Teaching Textbooks. I was leaning towards Saxon after reading the comment on here that TT was too easy. We feel very blessed that math has never been a hard subject for our family and TT just sounded too easy. At the homeschool convention, I found an 8th grade boy just hanging out at TT booth. (I'm serious!) So I went from asking questions to the lady from TT to the 8th grade boy. Sorry, but he was MUCH more helpful. His mother came looking for him and I told her God put him there just for me. :) They too had done BJU math from K-6. (How cool!) They too had considered the same two curriculums we had. (Could that be a coincidence?) And they too had done another subject in SOS and hated it. (I did Bible SOS on a disk. I didn't want a repeat of a DVD curriculum that was boring and NOT user friendly.) This student couldn't say enough good things about TT. I told the TT lady that she needed to give him a commission because I bought it. And never looked back. So happy with the 7th grade TT! My two loved it! They are actually excited to start it up again. I even told them I was considering skipping to Algebra and was starting it summer break to test it and they didn't whine. :) This is SO user friendly! I can't stress that enough. I needed NO tech support...which is pretty amazing for me. I needed it for SOS and STILL felt I could have used more. The lectures were SO helpful and they could work independent from me and I only stepped in when they needed extra help. I set up a rule that any grade under 80% they needed to tell me and we'd go back and work it together (again so easy to go back and edit grades or erase their work so that they have to work a few individual problems again...or erase the whole days work. Of course the parent portion is password protected so that they can' t change their own grades! Actually the student portion is password protected, too, because you can have a few students using it at the same time.). The disk graded for me! Quizes AND daily work. I'm so grateful for this great curriculum where my children are thriving, they feel confident, I don't have to sit over them, no grading, etc. I was very nervous of wasting time more than wasting money. I'm glad we made the decision to buy TT. We'll be using until graduation! Wish there were other subjects to buy that were similar to TT. I even thought the value was a steal considering I can reuse with all of my children! They even have a page that you can print out grades for your portfolio!VERY happy with our new math curriculum!
I love Teaching Textbooks! This is my first year using them and my 12yo does so well with it! She's an independently driven student, so that helps, but the program is simple, explains concepts clearly, and my daughter can navigate it without a problem. She loves looking back over her grades and that visual motivates her to work hard. We have had to reset the program due to personal computer problems and the customer service was wonderful, knowledgeable, and genuinely looking to help, such a breath of fresh air! Math is not my forte, I look forward to having all of my children using TT!