Teaching Textbooks Math Works For Us!

We Love Teaching Textbooks Math

{disclaimer ~ Teaching Textbooks is a blog sponsor, we used them for years prior to this and are thankful for this new adventure}

Both of my boys have used Teaching Textbooks math for years. Our daughter began in 2nd grade with Level 3!  I get asked a lot about this choice for our family and wanted to share our thoughts!

We came from Calvert Math and Singapore Math, and the short answer to the change was simplicity. I needed a more student-directed math rather than a teacher-intensive math program.

Levels we have used…

For Ladybug

For Krash ~

For PacMan ~

Ladybug is our only child who will have used TT from the very beginning using Math 3  for 2nd grade! I love continual review for math and really feel TT gives just enough without going overboard.

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Before we made the decision to use Teaching Textbooks, I researched and I researched, and I researched more. Seriously, I probably read every blog post and review out there. In the end we decided to give it a try and my husband and I decided if we didn’t feel it was thorough enough and their end of grade test scores suffered we would reevaluate.

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We have revaluated and are sticking with Teaching Textbooks! It is working for our boys and their test scores are proving that so far! Our state requires testing so this year we used the CAT online and I took a screenshot of their math scores so you can see. Krash scored in the 99th percentile and Pac scored in the 94th percentile. I took screenshots from their results page.

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A bit of background about my boys. Pac is actually our natural learner, he learns easily and math has always been a subject he doesn’t mind and even enjoys most of the time. Krash struggles with auditory processing so we really like the visual portion of TT for him and it HAS helped. I honestly wasn’t expecting Krash to do so well on his end of grade test, he sweetly surprised us! His Dad does math with him and often they go over the lesson together in the book before he goes to the computer to actually listed to and do the lesson. This extra step has really helped him.

We have no plans of switching math programs for any of our kids and hope to use Teaching Textbooks all the way through. We are very glad it ended up being a good fit for our family, especially since we can reuse the levels with each of our children.

If you are curious about Teaching Textbooks and thinking of making the switch, they have placement tests for you to use!

Teaching Textbooks Placement Tests

 

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The Crafty Classroom Homeschool Giveaway

The Crafty Classroom Giveaway

{disclaimer ~ giveaway sponsored by The Crafty Classroom, affiliate links are used}

I am so excited to share this giveaway with you!  My long time online friend, Valerie, has been a source of support and encouragement since the VERY beginning of my online journey. She has inspired me, helped me, and I have used MANY of her amazing printables.

She has a great online store now, The Crafty Classroom eStore. and one of you is going to win a $30 gift certificate! This is enough to buy several of her amazing products!  Here’s just a peek at a few, be sure to click here to see everything she has in her store!

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We personally used and loved her U.S.A. State by State Activity Pack.  You can see it in action here.

USA Geography Wrap Up

 

The Giveaway…

Use Rafflecopter below to enter to win a $30 gift certificate to use in The Crafty Classroom eStore! Before entering, browse around to see what you would buy!  Simply visiting the site is the only mandatory entry!

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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 8/22/16.

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Hands on USA Geography

Hands on USA States and Capitals Fun

Learning U.S.A. Geography doesn’t have to be boring. We have a few favorite resources for hands on U.S.A. states and capitals fun that I want to share with you today. If you are looking to add a few resources to your homeschool supply stash, these would be the three I recommend.

Our very favorite is Sequence States and Capitals. They ask to play this outside of school time, which is wonderful.  I love when they really enjoy a game that provides excellent natural review. I highly recommend this game!

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We also really like Scrambled States. This isn’t one they choose outside of school time, but when we play, they enjoy it. There’s an easy and a harder way to play.

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We also have a new favorite, you can see the full review here, with a video! Educents sent us this awesome USA Map Wall Play Set and we look forward to using this for fun review all year long! There’s also a mini set here if you don’t have space for the big set!

Already this has been a fabulous resource, and I am so thankful to have it!  It will provide loads of hands-on review!

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Learning states and capitals can be so much fun!  Here’s some links for you sharing all of our posts featuring United States Geography in case you want more ideas!

USA States and Capitals Worksheets USA PowerPoint Graphic United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary USA Homeschool Geography with Elementary Students

 

See our USA Pinterest board here!



Tot School Gathering Place Week 188

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

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Today is National Creamsicle Day! Woohoo! Any excuse I have to eat any type of ice cream and I’m all for it! These hot summer days are brutal at times and ice cream just makes it more bearable! How have you been spending your summer days? I’d love to see what you are up to! Don’t forget to link up to the Gathering Place so we can see what you and your Tot have been doing!

Do you have a dinosaur lover in your midst? Head on over to Tot Tot Goose and see what Tot Savanna and her Mama learned throughout the month of July! It may captivate your Tot’s attention!

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Are you looking for an art project for your Tot to do this summer? Take a peek at Uno Zwei Tutu and see what Mama Isabel and Tot Tutu did this past week! Your child may just love creating this masterpiece!08142016 Uno Zwei Tutu

Painting must have been the project of the week for Tot School! Check out the painting project that Mama Leslie from Jack of All Trades put together for her Tot Sweet Pea! Sure to be a hit with your Tot!

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Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

 

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See the Tot School webpage here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.


Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).



Our First Week of Homeschool ~ with a video peek at our 1st day!

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We just completed our first week of 2nd, 5th, and 9th grade! Before I share a bit about our first week, let me give you the direct links to our curriculum choices so you can easily refer to them if needed!

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

 

Of course, I forced my babies to take back to school photos, using our grade level signs. You can print these for free here.

Obviously, they were SUPER thrilled with my idea.

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They know to cooperate quickly so it will be over quickly. Winking smile

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I am happy to say our first week went well. It doesn’t always go well, so I am VERY grateful.  We have to have a very detailed routine mostly due to our son’s odd gymnastics training schedule. I spent so long figuring out how to fit it all in and was a bit concerned it wouldn’t all get done, but it DID!

We use Lessontrek for planning and each child has a clipboard with their weekly assignments that we use as a checklist. You can see 2 of them in this shot from Instagram. I have a very detailed daily subject schedule for Krash, the gymnast, since he has to be the more scheduled one. That’s what you see in the blue notebook cover.

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I will share more in our monthly homeschool wrap-up post, so for now I leave you with this video peek at our first day back to homeschool.  I took random video clips for you throughout our day to give you a tiny peek at what it is like around here.

 

If you want info about our homeschool room, see this post!

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