Teaching Textbooks Online Homeschool Math Curriculum
Teaching Textbooks is a homeschool math curriculum that most of us know about, but did you know that they have a new online service? I’ve always loved Teaching Textbooks but the new Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is a game changer! Read my review below to find out why Teaching Textbooks Online is the right choice for my family and maybe yours!
*A subscription to Teaching Textbooks was given to me at no cost in order to facilitate this review. A positive review was not guaranteed and all opinions are those of me and my kids.*
**The giveaway for a free year has ended.
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The Anti-Textbook Textbook & Game-ified Math Curriculum
I’m pretty open about the fact that math isn’t my thing, in fact, math is what almost kept me from homeschooling. Then I decided to take the same advice I give others and outsource to the experts, I decided long ago that my children would have to learn math via a structured homeschool math curriculum. Teaching Textbooks was our go to program until the fateful day in 2014 when our PC broke, back then you needed a CD Rom (remember those?) in order to use Teaching Textbooks to the fullest. My oldest child continued through geometry by using the book alone but for my younger kids we had to switch to an online program. We loved Teaching Textbooks because the program is gentle enough for those who aren’t gifted in math but it’s a solid program that leaves kids more prepared for college math than many other options. My kids loved that Teaching Textbooks meant I didn’t have to teach them and that they were encouraged to work at the pace that is right for them. I mostly loved that very little intervention was needed on my end, the program is so complete that I just wasn’t needed.
You can imagine how excited I was last year when I heard through the grapevine that Teaching Textbooks was developing an online curriculum! WHAT?! This is exactly what we need! While we’re happy enough with the alternative program we found, it just isn’t the same and wasn’t quite right. When the chance to review Teaching Textbooks 3.0, the online version, came around I was not about to pass that up! I will tell you now that Teaching Textbooks Online is changing our lives, and math is much more pleasant now. Right now, nothing would make me happier than to tell you why we love Teaching Textbooks Online so much right now.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that the official name of the new Teaching Textbooks homeschool math curriculum is Teaching Textbooks 3.0. You’ll see me also refer to it as Teaching Textbooks Online in this post, that helps me further differentiate it from the older products that are so well known in our community. I use two names but both refer to the same product: Teaching Textbooks 3.0.
Why We Love Teaching Textbooks 3.0
Teaching Textbooks Online is the same excellent Teaching Textbooks curriculum we know and love, but better! Why do I love it?
We replaced our broken PC with a series of Chromebooks and the fact that Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is Chromebook-compatible is HUGE for us! (Check out this post to see if a Chromebook is the right choice for your home!)
With the other online homeschool math curriculum we’ve used we either couldn’t pause our subscription or we had to email/call and ask for permission, which wasn’t super conveneient when we had an unplanned event. We travel a lot so it’s nice to know that with the click of a button I can pause my children’s subscription for up to 12 weeks!
Teaching Textbooks hasn’t been affordable for us in the past. I had to carefully pick which level we wanted, pay $80-100 for it used, and as soon as we were done I had to resell it to buy another level – I couldn’t afford to keep the program to use with kids coming up in the ranks. I just didn’t have the income to afford Teaching Textbooks, but I made it work the best I could. In contrast, an annual subscription to Teaching Textbooks 3.0 for 1 student, Algebra 1, is $67.08/year as compared to $184.90 for the CD version.
Big Family? There’s a plan for that!
I have six kids so finding an online homeschool math curriculum that offers family plans is a definite bonus. Families with between 4 & 8 kids qualify for the family program, making the program less than $50 per child per year! I only have four of compulsory age now, so we can still take advantage of this extra savings.
It’s an Environmentally-Minded Option
The textbooks have always been optional with Teaching Textbooks, but we’ve found them helpful when we could afford to buy them. Teaching Textbooks 3.0 has the same texts available via ebook, so you still have access! The ability to print the textbooks is available too, just in case your child prefers the paper version.
Buddies Create a Failure-Free Environment!
Buddies are cute cartoon characters that offer immediate encouragement, gentle redirection, and feedback. If your child misses a question their buddy will say something nice & redirect them to the lesson. If your child gets a question right they’ll get a virtual high five from their buddy. Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is a strictly failure-free zone.
Since starting with Teaching Textbooks Online I’ve experienced the joy that is self-grading! Because I’m not super comfortable working with math, checking assignments isn’t something I can do quickly. All assignments in Teaching Textbooks 3.0 grade themselves, and that saves me a lot of time and headache. Oh, and parents can delete assignments if they want them to be repeated. **See screenshot below**
The parents dashboard of Teaching Textbooks Online allows the parent to have total control over the child’s learning experience. You can turn Buddies on & off, change sound notifications, pause their account, and more. Children also have control over some parts of their program, including the ability the change the wallpaper.
It Makes Math Approachable
My daughter taking Algebra this year was terrified. She really struggled with pre-algebra and was worried she’d fail Teaching Textbooks 3.0 before she even began. Reluctantly she logged in and a few minutes later I got a text:
Hey, this isn’t so bad. I actually understood the lesson and got a 100% on the assignment. I’m going to try a few more.
My daughter now looks forward to completing her math lessons, and she appreciates that she has control over her progress and schedule. Math will never be her top priority so finding a program that fit in with her goals was important, and Teaching Textbooks 3.0 does that perfectly. She tells me almost daily how proud she is that she is doing well in a subject she never expected to succeed at, let alone enjoy.
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is GREAT for Kids Who Learn Differently
My 11 year old son is working his way through Math 4. This is a kid that hates any kind of formal learning, lives with ADHD & dysgraphia, and learns best through observation and hearing. He was worried about math because most kids his age are further ahead and he was worried Math 4 would be too “babyish”. Teaching Textbooks 3.0 has been PERFECT for him. Lessons are short, require no writing, aren’t covered with distracting animations, and the buddies give him the feedback he needs when he gets frustrated. He still doesn’t love math, or any type of formal schoolwork, but I can rest easier knowing he’s getting the skills he needs in a way that elicits the least amount of arguing.
Our Impressions of Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Online Homeschool Math Curriculum
I already knew this was a good program for my daughter but I wasn’t so sure about my son. It turns out that Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is perfect for both of them! I love spiral learning, they love the graphics and interface, I love that they’re learning something I am not equipped to teach, they love that math doesn’t make them cry anymore, and I love that the price point is affordable for us. Teaching Textbooks Online has changed our lives for the better and we won’t ever leave the program again.
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Homeschool Math Curriculum Fast Facts
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Meg Grooms is a decades-long secular homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle, currently calling Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.