My homeschooled kids share why they love Teaching Textbooks and their favorite parts of this online homeschool math program.
This post is sponsored by Teaching Textbooks, but the opinions and content belong to me and my children. We have been fans of Teaching Textbooks for many years, so I am happy to share their program with my readers.
“When do I get to do math on the computer?”
my little 2nd grade daughter asked the other day.
She’s excited every time she gets one more page completed in her math workbook because that means she is one lesson closer to starting Teaching Textbooks.
Every child in this family knows when they finish their 2nd grade Math workbook, they get to move to Teaching Textbooks, and the day they do is filled with excitement and awe at how fun “computer math” is!
Currently, I have 3 children (all boys) using Teaching Textbooks. They are ages 10, 12, and 14. The 10 year old is in Math 5, and both the 12 and 14 year olds are taking Pre-Algebra.
I decided to ask each of them what they liked best about the program because I was curious what a child’s perspective of Teaching Textbooks might be, and it is always good to touch base with your kids about how they feel about a curriculum. We ended up having a lively conversation that included all of them offering up what they would share with someone who is trying to decide if it would be a good fit for their homeschooled kids!
I’m going to share what each of them said, and I’m also going to share what I like about it because ultimately, YOU have to decide if Teaching Textbooks is a good fit for YOUR family, but it is also nice to know what kids think about it too!
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The 10 Year Old
(Currently finishing up Math 5)
“It’s not just plain math.”
This was the first thing he said. When I asked him to elaborate, he talked with excitement about the animated buddies and stickers, and the wallpaper you can change. In fact, he often asks me to come see these things because they make him laugh.
Then, he went on to explain how much he likes being able to see his grades and get hints when he’s stumped on a problem. I think this helps him to feel like he’s in charge and responsible for getting a good grade (or not).
He also likes the scratch pad and the fact that it can be deleted and he isn’t wasting paper (paper is a hot commodity around here – in fact, ALL of the boys mentioned the Scratch Pad!)
And then, he shared how much he likes the funny and interesting word problems – “They’re not boring like most math programs,” he told me. He actually likes doing word problems now! (I wish the word problems had been funny and interesting when I was a kid!)
I really got a kick out of talking to him about Teaching Textbooks because he was so excited to share his favorite features! Who would have imagined I’d have a kid who thought math was fun!?!
The 12 Year Old
(Currently halfway through Pre-Algebra)
“Teaching Textbooks is well laid out and makes math enjoyable.”
Doesn’t he sound so grown up?!
This little guy will readily admit he’s not a fan of math, but he told me Teaching Textbooks is “easy to understand” and “engaging.” I honestly believe any other math program would be drudgery for him.
He also mentioned the wallpaper and stickers, and how funny the hint sounds are. “I especially like the guitar sounds!” he told me when I asked him what they sounded like.
This is a kid who is fun-loving, so I love that math is enjoyable to him because of Teaching Textbooks!
The 14 Year Old
(Currently finishing up Pre-Algebra)
“I like how Teaching Textbooks takes you step by step through the lessons, and how they spread the lessons out, allowing you to learn more.”
While my 14 year old also enjoys collecting the animated buddies and stickers and wallpaper, most of his answers were more mature and actually quite thoughtful.
He told me how he likes knowing which lesson taught the information, so if he gets stumped he can go back to that lesson. He also appreciates getting a second chance when he gets something wrong because he feels like he learns the information better that way.
All of my boys mentioned how nice it was to have a narrator who is actually pleasant to listen to, as well as interesting and funny! I never would have thought about that when considering a math program, but I’m sure it does make it much more enjoyable!
What Mom Likes About Teaching Textbooks
“I like that Teaching Textbooks does all the work for me.”
As much as we want our kids to love all the curricula we choose to use in our homeschool, ultimately, we have to make the best decision for our family based on what we like about and need from the curricula. And for me, Teaching Textbooks checks all the boxes I like and need in a math program.
They teach the lessons, they grade the problems, they send me an email with the grades so I know how everyone is doing. I like all these things. I NEED all these things!
Math is not where I want to spend my homeschooling energy. It’s not my forte. If I had to be the math teacher, I’m afraid I’d end up the Mean Math Mom. I’m thankful to have a program that takes math completely off my plate, allowing me to be the best homeschooling mom I can be!
And the fact that my kids love it makes it that much better!