Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Review: The Math I’d Use If I Were Still Homeschooling Post Preview: This post will cover why we love Teaching Textbooks, details about the new online version (Teaching Textbooks 3.) including a large family discount, why we are using it this summer with one of our public school kids, and information about a free trial and a giveaway.
I received a free 10-month subscription of Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra to review and I was also compensated for my time to review it and write this post. All of the opinions are truthful and my own.
When we first began homeschooling, it felt pretty overwhelming to pick out all of our curriculum choices. I was always one to pick and choose, so that meant that there were a lot of choices to make. I picked a math curriculum that a friend was using and mostly happy with, and thus began a year of math complaints from my children.
Math has never been something that my older kids have liked. In public school, they had struggled with it, and homeschool was no different in that regard. They would grumble as they sat with their workbooks and I would try to stay calm while explaining the same math concept to them for the 17th time. It was rough.
Why We Loved Teaching Textbooks When We Were Homeschooling
We were all Happier
Shortly after struggling through another math curriculum, I found out about Teaching Textbooks. It was my sanity’s saving grace. Not only did my boys start grumbling less about math, but I was no longer the one to have to explain all of the concepts to them. Instead, they had a friendly, sometimes funny, guy to explain things to them along with graphics, examples, and fun buddies cheering them on.
I loved that I had the ability to sit with my oldest, who had a lot of math challenges, as he did his lesson, while my other son could work on his without any assistance from me. It was great that the lessons were structured the same, so my kids always knew what to expect. Each regular lesson started with a lesson/lecture that was eye-catching, a set of practice problems, and then the actual assignment. I liked that there was help along the way, so that if my kids missed a problem and missed their second chance at a problem, they watched an explanation about it. It was our rule that they had to watch this explanation, and I know it really helped them understand the lessons better.
We were officially hooked on Teaching Textbooks! And, as it turned out, after my friend who was using the other curriculum saw Teaching Textbooks, she knew that it was exactly what her large family needed. (If only the new large family discount that I’ll share about later in the post was available back then!)
It Kept My Kids on Track When They Returned to Public School
Eventually, everyone decided that they wanted to go to public school again (or for the first time, as was the case with our youngest). I was thrilled when they all moved into public school math without any problems. It had kept them right on track where they had been.
In fact, because our youngest had been so eager to get to start Teaching Textbooks, she did Math 3 when she was in second grade. When she then started public school in third grade, she remained ahead of most of the other kids in her class in math for the entire school year.
It Can be a Great Resource for Public School Kids Too!
Yes, you read that correctly. We’re currently using Teaching Textbooks 3.0, and it’s not just because of writing this post. It was the very first program that came to mind when we found out that our youngest would be skipping a year of math this school year.
Our youngest had opted out of doing accelerated math the first couple of years in middle school for a variety of reasons (which she later regretted). When she was given the chance to do the accelerated math class again, she jumped at the chance. However, when she realized that it meant that she did 7th grade math this year while the accelerated class of her peers did Pre-Algebra, since they did the 7th grade math in 6th grade.
While she is excited to be more challenged in math in 8th grade in Algebra I, she was nervous that she hadn’t done a Pre-Algebra class yet. Her fears have mostly been calmed as she has spent time throughout the summer working on the Pre-Algebra level.
What’s New about Teaching Textbooks 3.0?
No More Discs
If you have used Teaching Textbooks before, you will understand my excitement when I say that Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is online. So no more discs to keep track of! Having been in the situation of needing to buy a missing disc or two in the past, I love this change.
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is a completely web-based version of their popular curriculum. Even the large spiral-bound books are now accessible as eBooks. These two things make it so much easier to keep track of and to travel with.
Don’t worry if you really need the discs and printed discs, however. These can still be purchased through Teaching Textbooks.
Another huge difference in the new format is the pricing. I know that Teaching Textbooks used to be a large investment that made it inaccessible to some families.
I cringed a couple of years when I had to buy two levels at the same time. Other years, I only had to buy for the oldest because we kept handing down levels. Even one level could be very expensive since our last year of homeschooling we had to purchase Algebra I for over $180. It was worth every penny of it to me, but I know that made it out of reach for some families.
That same level (Algebra I) is now available as an online 12 month subscription for $67.08!
Large Family Pricing
If you have between four and eight children currently using this curriculum, you are going to love this new offer for Teaching Textbooks 3.0!
You can see the details of the Large Family Discount Plan in the graphic below, but I also definitely recommend checking out even more details about it on the Teaching Textbooks page about it.
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Free Trial Plus a Chance to Win a One Year Subscription
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Free Trial
Don’t you hate it when you think a resource will work well for you based on what you read online and then it just isn’t what you thought it would be? I have been there more than I would like to admit.
I don’t think that would happen with Teaching Textbooks because it’s seriously my favorite math program. However, you don’t have to take my word for it. You can get a free trial of Teaching Textbooks 3.0!
Even better – you can get that free trial for as many levels as you want. If you decide to buy after your free trial, the grades that your kids have already received will transfer to your paid subscription.
Here are some answers to questions you might have about the free trial offer.
A Chance to Win a One Year Subscription
I’m so excited that one of you will win a one year subscription to the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 level of your choice.
There are all kinds of different ways to enter to win, and most of them are quick and easy to do. Just check out the Rafflecopter entry form below for all of the ways you can enter to win.
You can enter the giveaway now through 11:59 pm EST on August 13, 2018.
I’m thrilled to share all about Teaching Textbooks 3.0 with you! It’s definitely what we would still be using full time if we were still homeschooling, and it has been an amazing resource for us as a supplement this summer.