I want to share with you what parents have used to teach math. This program has been around for at least 12 years. It is computer based and not dependent on an internet connection. My favorite part, it doesn’t require that I have a math degree. It is Teaching Textbooks.
Have you heard of it? When I first was introduced to Teaching Textbooks it was at a small homeschool convention in Juneau, Alaska. I fell in love with the most important part of the program, the animated graphics. No, no that is not the most important part of Teaching Textbooks, I’m kidding but they graphics are engaging. The most important part was the program was not dependent on me, the parent for teaching. This doesn’t mean the parent does not participate, it means that you don’t have to be proficient in, let’s say, Geometry. The program is the teacher. Here are some of my favorite features:
- Students can learn completely on their own!
- There are step-by-step explanations. This part of TT was extremely helpful for my family.
- It keeps a grade book for your student. (Yay, no grading!)
- It incorporates real life problems into the program.
- Again, I love the graphics.
Teaching Textbooks became one of our favorite programs in our homeschool group. There are others that are worth mentioning. such as Right Start Math and Math U See. These two programs work better when you start using them in the early grades.
Math U See uses videos and manipulative’s. This program is great to use within a family because it is easy to use in most homeschool approaches and the manipulative’s can be used again and again.
Right Start Math was wonderful for the short time we used the program. I’m not really sure why we stepped away from this program now. I used Level A which was when one of my sons was young. The games, the music, wow, it touched on all the learning styles in a fun way.
A great place to get detailed reviews is here at cathyduffyreviews.com BUT overall the homeschool families I surveyed choose Teaching Textbooks.
Overall, Teaching Textbooks worked best especially for this homeschool teacher who is not a Math Person. You don’t need to have a degree to homeschool with programs like these that are available to us.
FYI ~ Studies show that homeschooled students outperform public school students on standardized tests.
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