Growing up in school, there were years when math was painful. I didn’t understand the concepts. I didn’t get the help I needed. I felt lost a lot of the time and began to really dislike math.

Then there were years when my teacher got it. He or she explained concepts clearly and gave enough example problems in class that I was able to complete my homework successfully at home. My confidence grew and I actually enjoyed math.

That’s just how it was in school; some years you had the good math teacher and some years you didn’t.

As homeschoolers, it doesn’t have to be that way! With **Teaching Textbooks** math curriculum it is like having the good math teacher at home *every year*.

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## An Overview of Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks is a computer-based math program with levels beginning in 3rd grade and progressing all the way up to Pre-Calculus.

The program comes with a large spiral-bound student book and a sleeve of computer CDs. Students can complete the lessons straight from the book or, as our family prefers, complete the lessons on the computer. CDs will run on both Mac and PC. A soon-to-be-released version 3.0 will run on tablets and mobile devices. *Note: TT has generous upgrade options. Contact their customer service for more information.*

Computer-based lessons include an audio presentation of the lesson including several interactive practice problems. Students type their answers to the problems right into the lesson. Feedback is immediate. The screen design is simple and bright.

Students complete the lessons, entering their answers into the program. If their answer is incorrect, they are given another chance to complete the problem correctly. If the answer is still incorrect, there is an option to watch the solution to the problem right away. As a busy homeschool mom, *this is one of my favorite parts of the program!*

The automatic grade book feature creates reports for how many practice problems, assigned problems and quizzes your child has completed, how many problems were answered correctly and if the student watched the solution after missing a problem. It also calculates a final grade based on lesson problems and quiz scores.

Lessons include the audio lecture and 5-6 practice problems followed by 18-25 practice problems. Problem sets include a generous amount of review of previously learned material.

## Benefits of Teaching Textbooks

We have used just about every math program on the market in our 20+ years of homeschooling. When we discovered success with Teaching Textbooks over 10 years ago, we no longer felt the need to switch curriculum every year or two. Here’s why we love Teaching Textbooks:

Here’s why we love Teaching Textbooks:

**Independent work.** On a very practical level, having my kids be able to do their math independently has been a huge time saver. We are currently homeschooling four kids but at one time were homeschooling and managing eight kids! There are times when our kids get stuck and need my help to understand a concept being taught. After sitting with them for a lesson or two, they are up and running independently again.

**Audio lectures.** Since seven of our eight kids are dyslexic, not being able to read lessons such as those found in traditional math programs, has been a considerable stumbling block all of our 20+ years of homeschooling. The audio lectures included with Teaching Textbooks help tremendously with comprehension and the interactive practice problems keep my kids who struggle with attention engaged.

**Automated grading. **Before we discovered Teaching Textbooks, our kids would occasionally do an entire lesson incorrectly. By the time this busy mama got around to correcting their assignments, they had moved on the next lesson and were essentially building their math framework on a faulty foundation. Teaching Textbooks math curriculum corrects each problem immediately. This immediate feedback provides meaningful information while the student’s thinking processes are still fresh in their minds. This is much more effective and efficient.

**Ample review.** With a houseful of kids who struggle with learning in one way or another, the amount of built-in review is just right. There’s not so much that they despise the program (well except maybe with long division – but I call that a right of passage for middle schoolers!) and not too little that they are forgetting what they’ve learned.

**Buddies! **Every level of Teaching Textbooks comes with a variety of ‘Buddies’. Buddies are animated animals or scenes that change each time a problem is completed. After completing several problems and after completing the entire lesson, the Buddies cheer or make some other amusing comment. These can easily be changed by the student by clicking directly on the Buddy. They are surprisingly fun and motivating for kids.

## Tips for Using Teaching Textbooks

**Placement Tests.**Consider taking one of the Teaching Textbooks online placement tests if you’re not sure on which level to begin.**Follow the instructions for installing and registering the software system on your computer**. Create both parent and student accounts. Teaching Textbooks customer service is easy to reach if you have any problems.**Show your kids how to use the program.**Plan to sit with them until they understand how to watch the lecture, type in the answers, and move on the next problem. Show them how to change their ‘buddy’, a surprisingly fun and motivating part of the Teaching Textbooks program.**Store your discs in a safe place.**You’ll need to insert the disc each time you use the program. Replacement discs are available for $15/each by calling Teaching Textbooks super friendly and helpful customer service.**Still have questions?**Visit the Teaching Textbooks FAQs Page.

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Emma says

We recently started using TT with my eldest son who has dysgraphia and dyslexia. He is able to work independently, something that has been a huge relief to me. Honestly I wish we’d made the switch much sooner. We are only a few weeks in and he hasn’t really hit any ‘new’ concepts yet, but he is working towards independence, an important skill in itself.

Marianne says

Exactly! I love how the program starts out slowly and my kids are able to have some success.

Kali Cone says

I have a question. We have been using Math-U-See for my 8 year old son. We are finishing with the Beta book and wondering if I should be getting Gamma or switching to Teaching Textbook 3. What are your thoughts?

Suzanne says

This program has been such a blessing! We were just all in tears with Saxon. I was at the point of saying I’m just not cut out to home school. Thank you for this recommendation!

MATH TIP: By the way, we have a notebook next to the computer that I let my daughter work out her problems on. Each lesson resulted in “math graffiti” …her answers were all over the page, overlapping, chaotic. I designed a grid for her to use that she likes a lot (with some built in white space). But we recently discovered we could turn the notebook sideways (wide ruled) and use the rules to line up her numbers. Having a math problem correctly lined up to start out with means that she is more likely to get the right answer. 🙂

Esther says

My daughter, who has dyslexia, is struggling with Saxon. It’s not that the math is too difficult for her, but rather there is too much on a page. I keep looking at Teaching Textbooks, since they give you one problem at a time, but I’ve heard TT is not challenging and/or not comprehensive. Is the solution to supplement with other math curriculum? Thoughts?

Marianne says

I’m not sure why people say that about TT. It does progress a bit slower than other programs but it covers everything other programs cover. My kids struggle with remembering math facts, so we supplement with games etc to help with that. Other than that , they’re doing really well!

Tracy says

Will they ever be able to memorize math facts? My 11yo cannot remember facts to save his life

Marianne says

If they use them a lot, yes. My kids who are in Pre-Algebra and Algebra now finally know most of their facts. The younger kids skip count. 🙂

Erika says

Does Teaching Textbooks move on if the child shows they understand the material? For example, in MathUSee, I can move on quickly based on what my children understand. I wasn’t sure if TT would do that automatically? We are already into the school year and I’m a bit hesitant to switch, and my son does quite a bit of his MUS on his own once he understands it. However, I was thinking this would provide me even more time.

Marianne says

TT doesn’t move on automatically but I have allowed my kids to skip certain types of problems if they had mastered them. I have them do those problems on the quizzes just to be sure they aren’t forgetting. TT saves me a TON of time and we LOVE it! 🙂

Tracy says

Is your child dyslexic? Mine is and I’m looking for good curriculum for him. Thinking TT, MUS, or master

Marianne says

Yes. Seven of 8 of our kids are dyslexic. 🙂

Karie says

Thanks for this review! You mentioned a 3.0 version that will work on other devices coming soon. This was back in January 2017 and I’m wondering, as a customer, if you’ve heard any update on the release date. I’ve been looking online but cannot find any more info.

Marianne says

They have not released it yet! I’ll check with them and see what they say.:)

Annika says

Marianne, what do you think of Easy Peasy Homeschool for a dyslexic child? Lee Giles, the amazing, renowned author has created this curriculum for her children. It’s all free and online. I have been using it for my 4th grader for the last three weeks when we pulled her out of public school. I really love it so far. I only just recently found out my daughter is moderately dyslexic because she wasn’t excelling anymore in reading in spelling. (This is weird though: she has no problem reciting scripture she has memorized. As for math facts, she does not seem to enjoy them per se, but I feel she is getting improving with them. She’s been doing XTRA Math. Is my mind playing tricks on me? Should I just not have her memorize math facts?? And should I have her read graphic novels if she is going to read? And audio with everything else?) Sorry for all the questions. I’m pretty overwhelmed.