Teaching Textbooks Math Works For Us!

We Love Teaching Textbooks Math

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Both of my boys have used Teaching Textbooks math for 2 years now. Our daughter is starting this year!  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 Krash ~

For PacMan ~

Ladybug is just beginning Math 3 this year for 2nd grade! So far it is her favorite subject and I am hoping the love continues! I am listening in on her lessons as she adjusts to the computer and I am so impressed with the lessons. 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 revaluate.

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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


On another note ~ we have been using TT for 2 years now and are thrilled that they just launched an affiliate program!  Since Teaching Textbooks knew we already used and loved their curriculum, they asked me to be an ambassador which means I get to host giveaways and share special offers with you!  Stay tuned for our first giveaway this month! Subscribe to our daily or weekly wrap-up blog posts to be sure not to miss it!

9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My oldest son is 14 and going into 9th grade this year – his first official year of high school!!  Below are the 9th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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9th Grade Subjects

The Visual Version…

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Figuring high school credits – some of the credits are straight forward and some can count as different things in the end when his final transcript is developed for college. His 9th grade English credit will come from a combo of his work with his IEW writing course, the books he will read as an extension of Notgrass World History, his SAT Vocabulary work, and his extensive book list. His Geography will actually be a history credit. His Finance course will be an elective counting as a 1/2 credit. The plan is that he will end 9th grade with 6.5 high school credits combined with the 2 he came in with from 8th grade {Algebra 1 and Physical Science}. For Spanish he will be doing the 60 classes spread out over the entire year for a foreign language credit.

There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

See our 2nd Grade Choices here and our 5th Grade Choices here!

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Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My middle son is 10 and going into 5th grade this year.  Below are the 5th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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5th Grade Subjects

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AAS 5 Evan-Moor Daily Geography Practice 5th Grade Vocabulary Grade 5WritersInResidence1 Teaching Textbooks Student Workbook Gr. 6 Zoo2mystery-of-history-volume-II-180w World-Geography-Printables-Country-Notebooking-Pages-and-Printable-Maps PSB Elementary


There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

You can see our 2nd Grade Choices here and our 9th Grade Choices will be shared soon!

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2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My daughter is 7 and going into 2nd grade this year. Below are the 2nd grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug! Changes may come, but this is the plan for now!

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2nd Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in!

More Thoughts

Math ~ We have chosen to start Teaching Textbooks with Ladybug because we love it so much!  Both of our boys use TT and we plan to continue with all kids.  Ladybug will also continue on with Life of Fred, simply because we love those too. Spielgaben is a fun way for us to do some fun hands-on math each month.

Reading ~ Ladybug reads above grade level and can comprehend above grade level also.  She LOVES to read and spends lots of her free time reading.  At this point she doesn’t need a reading curriculum to teach her how to read so we are going to read together!  I did get her a Reading Comprehension workbook, to be sure she stays on top of those skills.

Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 2~  We used level 1 and it works well for her so we will be moving on to level 2!

Grammar ~ We will be using First Language Lessons Level 2 and Growing with Grammar Level 2.  I really like the differing approaches, and both are very simple and don’t take a lot of time each day. I also created a set of PowerPoints to go along with the poems she will be memorizing this year through First Language Lessons.

Handwriting ~ Logic of English Cursive ~ She learned her lowercase letters last year and got through some of the uppercase.  We will finish learning the uppercase and work more on cursive handwriting.

Science ~ My husband teaches our kids science and while at Teach Them Diligently, he decided on Apologia’s Swimming Creatures for Ladybug and Krash. They are all thrilled and I am just thrilled that he teaches science!

Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old/New Testament ~ She will do this with Krash {5th grade}.

Art ~ Although I am horrible at keeping up with art, I decided to buy the Home Art Studio 2nd grade DVD and the Holiday Arts and Crafts to use with Ladybug.  Hopefully between those two I will do a few projects with her!

Geography ~ I got her Evan-Moor Beginning Geography just to be sure she know basic geography skills. I wanted a simple workbook format for this year and this was my favorite after looking at several options.

History and World Geography  ~ Ladybug will join Krash for world history, world geography. We are using the same plan as last year…just continuing on!


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  AAS level 2 TT 3 Apologia Swimming Creatures RhythmOfHandwritingCursive Spielgaben-v4 Evan Moor Beginning Geography FLL 2 HAS 2nd GradeGWG 2 lof Reading Comprehension Grade 2 PSB Elementary

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1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!

Next up, 1st grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 1st Grade Curriculum Choices post.

1st Grade Subjects

    Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Reading All About Reading Level 2

A perfect fit for her! She loved it! By the end of AAR Level 2 she was extremely fluent and reading above grade level. I highly recommend AAR! 

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We did LOADS of supplemental reading, she is my bookworm.  We began and are still reading through the Little House books together.  We also read the My Father’s Dragon Series.

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We went to the library a lot and I documented many of her favorite books from the year in this post!

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Spelling All About Spelling Level 1

We love All About Spelling and level 1 was a great fit for her this year.  We spaced out the lessons over the year, although she probably could have done level 1 and 2 this year – I am in no rush. Our basic routine was to do the lesson on the board, using the app when we learned new sounds, then she would write her words in a notebook.

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Grammar First Language Lessons Level 1 & Growing with Grammar 1

We aren’t completely done with these books yet and will be finishing over the summer before beginning level 2 of each in the fall. She has more free time in the summer so as we worked with the boys to complete all of their schoolwork, she got a few weeks of lighter work.

These are both great programs and certainly don’t need to be used together, I just really like both. I love the workbook format of GWG and the oral format of FLL.

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Writing Write Shop Primary A  & Story Starters

Ladybug naturally likes to write {unlike my boys at this age}, which is a joy. We used Write Shop A as our base curriculum but didn’t finish the entire program. It got a bit easy for her and I don’t own level B so once I noticed it was too easy, we just stopped and she wrote for fun. She used our Story Starters to inspire free writing also.

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Handwriting Logic of English Cursive Handwriting

Doing cursive with her this year was a good decision, she was ready.  Although she didn’t always love learning new letters and practicing old letters, she was totally capable.  My goal this year was to introduce her to the lowercase letters and we accomplished that. We even got started on upper case letters.

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For each letter she created a drawing, and we ended up with a cute collection!

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For 2nd grade I will continue teaching the upper case letters and begin working with her on using cursive naturally when doing some of her assignments.

Math Life of Fred, Mathseeds {the math portion of Reading Eggs}, Spielgaben

Our laid back math plans were perfect for her this year. She was too advanced for a traditional 1st grade math program, but we weren’t wanting to rush her. Life of Fred was perfect and we will be continuing with LOF as a supplement next year also. Mathseeds was a great fit for her also.

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She loves our Spielgaben lessons, which I chose throughout the year as we went along.  I picked lessons from the manual that I thought she would enjoy and would enhance her math skills. Below you can see direct links to all we did. We will continue to supplement with Spielgaben.

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She will begin a more traditional math program in the fall, Teaching Textbooks 3

Science Evan Moor Skill Sharpeners Science Grade 1, The Curious Kid’s Science Book

We oved using these books!  She did too!  The Evan-Moor book was her main science curriculum and she did extra science activities and experiments from the other book.  Daddy led all of this and for that I am SO thankful!

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Unit Studies

I love doing unit studies with my kids, just wish I took time to do more!  We had fun with 3 of our own, and then were blessed to begin reviewing product for Ivy Kids Kits and got to enjoy 3 more units thanks to those kits!  She LOVED all of these!  Click on graphics to see the posts!

Bat Unit Study  Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook  Owl Unit Study and Lapbook 

A House for Hermit Crab Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kit  Gotta Go Gotta Go Ivy Kids Kit Review - A Fun Way to Explore the Monarch Butterfly  Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

Character We Choose Virtues

We made it through all of the virtues and she really enjoyed this! It was a great fit for her this year!

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Art Home Art Studio

I am such an art slacker. I am actually impressed that we completed 2 entire projects from our Home Art Studio Disc. Ladybug is naturally creative and artistic so she did tons of spontaneous artwork on her own, but these are the only two from our actual curriculum!

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Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament {with Krash}

See why we love Picture Smart Bible here!

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US Geography ~ {with Krash}

See our USA Geography Wrap-Up here!


Group Subjects ~ Mystery of History, World Geography

Daddy taught History to all 3 kids. We continue to love The Mystery of History and we will be continuing on with it next year for the younger 2 kids.

Daddy and I both taught World Geography this year, and it is a great fit. We will be using the same plan with the little 2 next year also.



Stay tuned, I will be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd Grade soon!

See our Year End Review for 8th Grade here and our Year-End Review for 4th Grade here!

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See last year’s Year-End Review posts by clicking on each grade level below!

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