I have a confession to make. I love math programs. I am constantly in search of the perfect math program. Not as much fun mind as the search for the perfect purse, but still pretty fun. I am always hoping that one of these days I will turn up the math program that will meet all the needs of all my children and be life changing. At this point, I have not. I actually have five different math programs going in my house. So over the next few months I am going to share "Math Programs I have Loved."
I wanted to start with Teaching Textbooks. Teaching Textbooks is a fairly new addition to our household math programs. I bought it out of sheer desperation for my daughter. Let me explain, I love math, and I come from a long line of women who are very good at math. My grandmother was playing competitive bridge up to the age of 94 while doing all the math in her head. I pride myself on being able to figure any percent off in a matter of minutes. My daughter is not like that. She gets frustrated and does not have the love of numbers that I possess. We both cried during math instruction. I needed something that was positive for her, rewarded progress, and would help teach her math independently. Teaching Textbooks did this for us.
To begin their program they recommend you take a placement test. I highly agree. It was a very accurate in placing my daughter in the correct level. You can also test the program online which we did. That also confirmed it would be a good fit for my daughter. They promised that I could return it within 30 days if I did not like it and that sealed the bargain. I bought it at the Midwest Homeschool Convention.
When I talked to the Teaching Textbook staff at the convention they told me they do not like to talk about grades, but levels in their program. Remember, I was desperate and would have called it whatever they wanted me to. I would say the program is probably behind other programs at the same level, but, I do not think that is a big deal. If your child switches into it and is doing harder work, the placement test will take them up level.
We bought the CD's and the textbook. I am glad we have the textbook, because she shows her work in the book. It is also nice to have a hard copy of what she is doing. Plus, I think it is good practice to be able to do math on paper. Most high stakes tests are still using paper.
For my daughter this is a fabulous fit. She is happy, there is no more crying, and we are better friends. It has been worth every penny I paid for it. We are on our second level.
If you have a child who is gifted at math and runs through things quickly. Then I am not sure if this is the program for you. I think the repetition and spiral topics in the curriculum would probably be annoying to them.
Hope this helps,