Mid Year Review of Teaching Textbooks Math 3

Teaching Textbooks Math 3 Review

 

{disclaimer ~ TT is a sponsor and affiliate links are in this post. We used TT long before they ever became a sponsor, we are grateful for our new partnership!}

I am simply in love with Teaching Textbooks. Using level 3 with my daughter this year has only solidified that love. My boys have been using TT for 3 years now, but this is her first year and my first year seeing it from the beginning. Now that Ladybug is over half way through I wanted to do a review and answer some questions I have gotten this year!

First, I want to take a minute and explain a bit about what makes TT different from other homeschool math programs.

Teaching Textbooks were designed specifically for independent learners. Each Teaching Textbook has approximately 700 pages of text and 120 – 160 hours of teacher instruction on CD-ROM, and is both a teacher and a textbook combined into one. There are audiovisual step-by-step explanations for every single one of the almost 3,500 problems in the book. Using a Teaching Textbook is like having a tutor available at the push of a button, which means I do NOT have to know it all!

I made a video to explain and show a few things and want to share that first. I expand on some of it in the post below, but in this video you can see a peek at the program on the computer, some ways I help her} my sticky note method}, inside of the book itself, and some of my rambling thoughts about this awesome program.

Table of Contents

You can download a PDF of the table of contents here to see it in full. Look for this graphic, you’ll also see the link for the TT 3 placement test there too!

TT3 TOC and Placement

Our Lesson Checklist

In the video I show our personal checklist and you can download a copy here if you’d like to use it.

TT3 Plan

Does she work independently?

She works by herself most of the time but I am always nearby. Sometimes she uses her headphones and just pauses if she needs me. Other times she leaves the sound so I can hear and I follow along and help as needed. Honestly after about a month she was mostly independent.

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How is the review?

I am a BIG fan of cyclical review in math, kids can’t be forgetting things! Teaching Textbooks does a great job of this in my opinion. The review is scattered in but not overwhelming.

 

How are the multiplication lessons presented?

Multiplication is introduced in level 3 and you can see the order of the lessons in the screenshot below. I talk about this a bit more in the video if you haven’t watched it yet.

TT3 TOC Multiplication Lessons

 

Do we supplement at all?

Yes! I am still a big fan of hands-on learning especially in the early math years. Adding in some fun is important to me. We mainly use Spielgaben for this, you can see our monthly posts here. We also play math games, like our printable multiplication games here. If I see her struggling to understand at all, I will pull together a hands-on lesson to reinforce and teach differently. Below you can see a photo I shared on Instagram here, showing us playing the Winter Multiplication Games and using the Skip Counting Charts from Homeschool Creations.

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How is this compared to other 2nd grade math programs we used?

We  used a more traditional homeschool math program for PacMan and for Krash we used Singapore. I have never really loved the traditional math programs, but I did really love Singapore. The problem for me was the amount of teacher involvement needed. I simply did not have that kind of time and began looking elsewhere when I finally realized Singapore wouldn’t be a good fit for our family long term. About that time PacMan was moving into Pre Algebra and I was getting a bit nervous. We started Teaching Textbooks then with him and since he was going to be using it, I decided to give Math 4 a try for Krash who was in 3rd grade at the time. We haven’t looked back! Krash is now using Math 6, and PacMan is using Geometry. We plan to use Teaching Textbooks all the way through high school!

What level should my child begin with?

Teaching Textbooks is often different than your child’s actual grade level. My daughter is in 2nd grade and using level 3 right now, it’s a perfect fit. You’ll notice when my boys used each level so far in the list below…

For Krash ~

For PacMan ~

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

Teaching Textbooks Placement Tests

See another post about Teaching Textbooks here.

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2nd Grade Homeschool Wrap-Up, Oct.-Dec. 2016

2nd Grade Homeschool Wrap Up Oct 2016

This year I am doing individual grade level wrap-up posts instead of all three kids in one. I shared 9th grade here and 5th grade here already. I had big plans of getting them all done and then I didn’t. So I am expanding this post to include highlights from 2nd grade during October, November and December!

Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for her.

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Math

I seriously cannot say enough fabulous things about Teaching Textbooks 3.  This is our first time using level 3, so our first kid to begin with TT. The boys use it but they started later. She now works through her lessons on her own and comes to me if she needs help. She is consistently scoring 95-100 so it seems to be working!

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She has recently been in the middle of the multiplication section, so I created some fun games for her to work on to aid with memorization.

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She also uses the Math Drills app, which I have customized for her. This is to work on being quick with memorize math facts.

Spielgaben is still a fun addition to our math. You can see the latest post by clicking  below.Graphing with Spielgaben

 

She still does Life of Fred with her daddy about twice a week, I just don’t have any photos!

Grammar

We use First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2 simply because I like both of them and neither takes too long. I do not correlate the teaching topics, we just work straight through each book, which provides some review when one book covers something at a different time. This is partly why I like using both books.

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We use our Boogie Board a lot for the First Language Lessons now, funny how a new addition like that can bring joy to lessons! Below she was describing Nerds during a lesson on adjectives.

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Spelling

All About Spelling Level 2 is a great fit, we do one lesson per week, using the board one day and then writing the words in her notebook the other day. Recently we have started using the Boogie Board for parts of the lessons, she LOVES this.

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Geography

I love our Evan-Moor Geography book! She does too! It is the perfect fit for her. You an see our full review as well as a video peek in the book here.

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We also practice US states and capitals using our wall map. She puts up a few states a day. We are on our 3rd or 4th time through, I can’t remember! I love this map, and the great review it provides!

 

SCIENCE

She does Apologia Swimming Creatures with her 5th grade brother and her dad.  She is VERY into this as she loves sea creatures.

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Daddy is always finding great videos for them to go along with their lessons.

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Listen to her tell you about her notes here in this video from Instagram!

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History

She also does The Mystery of History with her brother and Dad. She takes the best notes, I love seeing her learn and work!

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Bible

We are using our Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers Volume 1 printables which you can see here!  She absolutely LOVES these songs and is learning so much.

We are also using Friends and Heroes!  We decided to stick with the Family Devotional that we reviewed here.  Even though this was written for families, I use it for her and she loves it. It’s a great way to go back through the movies with her.  Below you can see one of her recent activities.

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Reading

My girl loves to read!  See our post all about what we are doing for reading this year! See her ongoing books read list here – I am trying to keep it updated! Currently we are finishing up Little House on the Prairie {3rd in series} aloud together.

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Below you can see her most recent stacks of completed books. See all of her completed books for 2nd grade here!

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Another series she has enjoyed from the library recently is the Ask Me Why books.

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See these books on Amazon below…

 

 

 

Art

We are using Home Art Studio 2nd grade this year. I am aiming to do one project per month. See our post about her recent project, The Blue Dog, here.

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All the Rest

She continues Ivy Kids Unit Studies. Our latest was Leaves and now we are into Mrs. McTats and Her House Full of Cats, which she LOVES – we will have a full review on that one coming soon!

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She continues to love her swimming lessons and tolerates her weekly gymnastics class. We leave her in it for the purpose of keeping her active and social. She does 30 minutes of swim a week and 1 hour of a homeschool gymnastics class.

 

Christmas fun has filled our homeschool room the past few weeks of course! 

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2nd Grade Subjects

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Home Art Studio Project ~ The Blue Dog

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We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now. You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and I bought the 2nd Grade DVD to use with my daughter this year.

Recently she completed the Blue Dog project and loved it! First, she watched Ms. Volin read a story and then explain how to do the art project.

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She likes to change things up a bit and make it her own, which I love. She often likes to do a test drawing before using her real paper which is what she is doing below.

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Then, I set her up and let her work! She is pretty independent now and loves creating. The blue mat under her is something we use a lot!

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Her finished project!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin, designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

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Graphing with Spielgaben

Graphing with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have had our Spielgaben set for years now and have grown with it. This year for 2nd grade, we are using Spielgaben as an extension of our math curriculum. Spielgaben is releasing a full math program soon and we were sent a preview file of PDFs for the 2nd grade curriculum. These are the worksheets you see in this post. They are not available yet but will be soon, follow along with us and I will let you know when you can get your hands on this new math program!

I incorporate Spielgaben into her daily work. I choose 1-3 worksheets from the math program per week and have her work on them independently {if possible} or with a bit of instruction with me. Then on Friday I gather the worksheets and we bring the concepts alive with the Spielgaben pieces. Below I will share a few of the worksheets we brought to life with Spielgaben this past month!

This past month I chose to focus on graphing skills with her. I chose a couple of worksheets in particular to bring to life with our Spielgaben set. This complemented her main math curriculum and was a fabulous review and time of teaching additional concepts!

First, we used the Spielgaben board and small dots to simply recreate one of our graphs. We did tons of comparing and discussed many aspects of the graph and the worksheet itself. This was all a great review for her.

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This net worksheet presented a new graphing concept, by discussing the size of the images on a pictograph.  She had never thought about this and learned a lot!

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After we went through the worksheet together, I recreated an example for her on the board. The one on the left is showing the ‘wrong’ way since the purple diamonds look like they have the most but actually the orange triangles have the most!  I then challenged her to use the same pieces in a different way to show a more accurate pictograph according to size. She struggled at first so I assisted to get her going and then it clicked!

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Moments like that are why I love having Spielgaben as a part of our math curriculum!

 

After the lesson she begged to have some play time, so of course I said yes!

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A cat, a bird, and a white dachshund {I thought it was a bunny}.

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She loves her end of the week Spielgaben time, it has been a great addition to her math curriculum this year, providing great hands-on learning and review!


See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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The First Month {or so} of 2nd Grade Homeschool

2nd Grade Homeschool

In the past I have done one big wrap up post for all three of my kids. I may go back to that but for now I wanted to do a post for each grade level, since I have more to share about each of my children this year. Recently I shared our first month of 9th grade here, and our first month of 5th grade here.

Today I will be sharing about our 2nd grader. Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for her.

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#2ndGradeWithLadybug

 

Ladybug is our avid learner who mostly enjoys school and complains little about it. She is a joy and we are thankful for her love of learning. Here’s a peek at one of her recent lesson plans from Lessontrek. All of the extras are listed on Friday but we don’t do them all that day. I spread them out throughout the week and use that list to check them off. We also don’t do them all every week {like Art and Kidstir}, but I list them to remind myself!

Note – SFS = Songs for Saplings, LOF = Life of Fred, TT = Teaching Textbooks

2nd Grade Homeschool Lessontrek

 

Math

I seriously cannot say enough fabulous things about Teaching Textbooks 3.  This is our first time using level 3, so our first kid to begin with TT. The boys use it but they started later. For the first few weeks {as she got used to the computer}, I sat at my desk with the book open to her lesson while she sat at her desk and worked.

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As time has passed, she has become almost completely independent.  Although I get asked for help with the true/false questions almost daily. She lets me know if she has a question but otherwise works on her own. She hasn’t gotten below a 95 yet so I would say she is understanding it!

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She also uses the Math Drills app, which I have customized for her. This is to work on being quick with memorize math facts.

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Spielgaben is still a fun addition to our math. You can see the latest two posts by clicking on them below.

Exploring 3D Shapes with Spielgaben  Exploring Parallel Lines with Spielgaben

 

She still does Life of Fred with her daddy about twice a week, I just don’t have any photos!

Grammar

We use First Language Lessons Level 2 & Growing with Grammar 2 simply because I like both of them and neither takes too long. I do not correlate the teaching topics, we just work straight through each book, which provides some review when one book covers something at a different time. This is partly why I like using both books. She likes me to use the dry erase board for our First Language Lessons now, which you can see below.

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Spelling

All About Spelling Level 2 is a great fit, she loves writing on the dry erase board during our lessons. We do one lesson per week, using the board one day and then writing the words in her notebook the other day.

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Geography

I love our Evan-Moor Geography book! She does too! It is the perfect fit for her. You an see our full review as well as a video peek in the book here.

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We also practice US states and capitals using our wall map. She puts up a few states a day. Below she was adding the last states for this round!

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Then I had her take them all down so we could begin again!  Consistent review all year long! We love this map!

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SCIENCE

She does Apologia Swimming Creatures with her 5th grade brother and her dad.  She is VERY into this as she loves sea creatures.

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History

She also does The Mystery of History with her brother and Dad. She takes the best notes, I love seeing her learn and work!

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Bible

We are using our Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers Volume 1 printables which you can see here!  She absolutely LOVES these songs and is learning so much.

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We are also using Friends and Heroes!  We decided to stick with the Family Devotional that we reviewed here.  Even though this was written for families, I use it for her and she loves it. It’s a great way to go back through the movies with her.  We usually watch one episode per week and do one devotion and one printable activity.

She often eats lunch while watching, which she enjoys!

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Reading

My girl loves to read!  See our recent post all about what we are doing for reading this year! See her ongoing books read list here – I am trying to keep it updated! She is very into The Puppy Place series right now and zipping through them. Currently we are reading Little House on the Prairie {3rd in series} aloud together.

2nd Grade Homeschool Reading Plan

 

Art

We are using Home Art Studio 2nd grade this year. I am aiming to do one project per month. She absolutely LOVED the watermelon painting project!

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All the Rest

KidStir has been a fun addition. She loved her first box and we are planning to order a subscription soon. 

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She is going to an enrichment class once a week with a local homeschool group. Her class is called Classic Tales and they read a book and do activities. She LOVES it!,2nd Grade -6531

 

She continues Ivy Kids Unit Studies. Our latest was Over in the Ocean!

Over in the Ocean Ivy Kids Kit

 

She recently asked to take swimming lessons because she wants to join a swim team like her biggest brother. She already knows how to swim, so we signed her up for lessons so she can learn the strokes.  She goes once a week and LOVES it!

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2nd Grade Subjects

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