Mid Year Review of Teaching Textbooks Math 3

Teaching Textbooks Math 3 Review

 

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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 ~

  • Math 4 for 3rd grade
  • Math 5 in 4th Grade
  • Math 6 for 5th grade this year

For PacMan ~

  • Pre Algebra for 7th Grade
  • Algebra 1 for 8th Grade
  • Geometry for 9th grade this year

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.

We Love Teaching Textbooks Math



Teaching Textbooks Giveaway!

Teaching Textbooks Giveaway

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We-Love-Teaching-Textbooks-Math3Recently I shared a post all about why we LOVE Teaching Textbooks math for all three of our kids. I am beyond thrilled to share this giveaway with you today and to know one of you is going to win a complete set! Teaching Textbooks has saved my sanity and I am not sure how I would homeschool without it. It is definitely the answer for our family, and many other homeschooling families I know!

Jump over to this post to read why we love it, how we came to the decision to stick with it, and to see the levels we have used.

 

Before we jump to the most exciting part of this post – the GIVEAWAY — I want to share a few more facts about Teaching Textbooks Math that you may not know. I have been sharing more and getting many questions lately! Below you’ll find a few more of my favorite things about TT math!

 

Self Grading

You don’t have to grade!  They do it for you immediately!  This is one of my favorite features, for multiple reasons. I love that it gives my kids immediate feedback and I love that I don’t have to spend time grading after they are done.

 

Continual Review

I love the cyclical review TT provides within each lesson. The kids may not love this part, but teachers sure do!

 

Independent Learning

I love that all three of my kids can work on different levels of math at the same time and I {or my husband} can oversee each without doing the direct instruction. I want to elaborate on this part a bit. I don’t have to do the main instruction as a parent, but depending on the lesson, or the child, I am available for assistance.  My husband oversees my boys and I oversee my daughter who is doing Math 3 right now. The photo below shows how we do math. She sits at a desk with the computer and works with the sound on {my boys use headphones} so I can hear what she is being taught. I have the lesson manual open in front of me and follow along. This allows her the independence while also being there if needed.  She is our first to use Math 3, the lowest level, so I am choosing to do her lessons this way for now. My boys work independently and come to us as needed.

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One Purchase – Multiple Children

We own almost all levels and they are getting passed down to siblings!  I love that it is something I purchase once and then can use year after year.

 

See more FAQ here

Not sure what level your child will need?  They have placement tests here!

 

Teaching Textbooks Giveaway

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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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