Introducing Teaching Textbooks 3.0

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Are you looking for an independent math program your student can do online? Do you need something that will work on a Chromebook, for a struggling reader or one who is dyslexic? Check out the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 curriculum!

If you homeschool children of multiple ages, the two best strategies you can employ are family schooling (teaching everyone all together) or independent learning opportunities. And we have found digital curriculum to be one of the easiest ways to create truly independent learning opportunities.

My oldest son excels in math, but is moderately dyslexic. It was crucial that we find a program that didn't involve a lot of reading so that he could exercise his math gifts without his reading struggles holding him back.

Another requirement was that we find a program that could be streamed online. The four oldest children have Chromebooks. This has been an excellent, low-cost, easily manageable solution for us, but it rules out any programs that require loading software or using CDs.

Are you looking for an independent math program your student can do online? Do you need something that will work on a Chromebook, for a struggling reader or one who is dyslexic? Check out the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 curriculum!

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I was also compensated for my time to review it.

Teaching Textbooks 3.0

We were thrilled to learn that Teaching Textbooks launched Teaching Textbooks 3.0 this year! It includes all of the best things about the TT approach (the material covered and student work are identical to Teaching Textbooks 2.0) but the resources and student assignments are 100% online!

We enrolled Luke in Algebra I and Emma in Pre-Algebra. They are thrilled with the program and so are we! I'd like to give you a sneak peek into how the program works and the little hints and hacks I've discovered along the way.

Giveaway TONIGHT at 8 p.m. EST

Teaching Textbooks is giving away one subscription to Teaching Textbooks 3.0. They've asked that I host the giveaway during a Facebook Live demo of the product. So, join me TONIGHT (April 24th) at 8 p.m. EST on the Homeschooling without Training Wheels Facebook Page to get a peek inside Teaching Textbooks and a chance to win!

Are you looking for an independent math program your student can do online? Do you need something that will work on a Chromebook, for a struggling reader or one who is dyslexic? Check out the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 curriculum!

The Student Interface

When kids log into the main Student Interface, they'll be able to choose from any Lesson in their course. Once inside of a lesson, there are three main parts.

The Lecture

The Lecture is the content of the lesson. Concepts are presented in writing on the screen (all text spelled out as well as problems demonstrated). Also, all portions of the text are read aloud.

Students can use the video controls at the bottom of the Notepad to play, pause and go forward and backwards in the video. There are also interactive aspects to the Lecture, such as points where the teaching pauses to give students a chance to try a problem or respond to a question.

The Lectures are optional. Students can skip them entirely if desired. The full student textbook is available in eBook format from the front page of the student dashboard, so if reading is a better option for your student, she can access the content that way instead.

The Practice

Next come the Practice exercises. There are usually about five Practice exercises and they are labeled with letters (i.e. A-E). They are not counted towards the student's score on the Lesson and are provided simply as an opportunity to make sure the student understands the Lesson concept before moving on to the graded work.

The Practice exercises are optional and a student can skip them if desired. Even though they do not count towards the final score, they will be marked right or wrong (or left empty if skipped) in the grade book for parent reference.

Another fantastic benefit for us is the fact that the program reads both Practices and Problems out loud. Students can even replay or "rewind" the recording if the need to. This has been a great support to our dyslexic math student.

The Problems

The third part of each lesson are the Problems. There are about 20-25 Problems per lesson in the levels we are using. They are distinguished from the Practice exercises because they are numbered instead of lettered.

Students are not required to do the Problems in order and are not forced to do all of the problems. This means that if you want to your student to complete only certain problems (say, only the even numbers) you are perfectly able to do that without any complicated work-arounds.

So far we haven't felt the need to reduce the number of Problems to be completed. The Lessons don't take an inordinate amount of time and there seems to be a healthy variety of types of Problems to allow for just enough practice from different angles.

Additional Features

If a student answers a Practice or Problem incorrectly, he'll have a chance at a second attempt and also the opportunity to get a hint. Students can choose their favorite "Buddy" from a collection of goofy characters to remind them of appropriate bits of the Lecture if they're stuck on a problem. Both of these features can be toggled on and off from the Parent Dashboard.

If a student misses the problem twice (or once if a second attempt is not available) he'll be shown the answer. TT will also offer him the chance to "See how to do it". More than once, one of the children related that they learned how to do a Problem (and subsequent ones that followed) by watching the solution to a missed problem worked out.

Students also have access to their own Grade Book view. They can see everything a parent can see from her Grade Book but without the options to edit or delete scores.

Under Settings, students can customize their Teaching Textbooks experience. They can decide to turn off or on the Buddy feature for hints. They can pick their favorite Buddy. They can even customize the wallpaper behind their Lessons!

The Parent Interface

All students on your account can be viewed and managed from one handy dashboard. You can check their grades, edit the grade book, and control various settings related to their courses from this screen.

I mentioned above that students have the opportunity to get a hint and to make a second attempt at a problem. For us, this is a great option, because what I most want for my students is mastery. If they didn't understand, I don't want them to just move along. I want them to try again and then get help if needed.

However, if you'd rather see what your students can do in one try and without hints, you can turn off one or both of these features. You can customize these settings individually for each student.

From the Parent Dashboard you can also manage your password and student passwords, see how much longer you have left in your current subscription, and find contact information to get in touch with Teaching Textbooks.

Pro Tip: Did you know that if your student is struggling with a math concept and you aren't able to explain it well enough, your student can call the Teaching Textbooks hotline during business hours for phone tutoring? (Yes, for real!)

Are you looking for an independent math program your student can do online? Do you need something that will work on a Chromebook, for a struggling reader or one who is dyslexic? Check out the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 curriculum!

Using the Grade Book to Troubleshoot Math Learning

When you hear the term "grade book" you may think that it's primarily a place to see percentages and scores. The grade book in Teaching Textbooks, however, offers an excellent resource for analyzing and diagnosing how your student's math habits may be affecting his learning.

One of my favorite aspects of the grade book is the ability to drill down to question-by-question details for each lesson. For example, in addition to showing whether or not your student answered a question correctly, you can see whether she completed the problem in one or two attempts, and whether she viewed the solution.

If I see that one of the kids skipped the Practice activities, missed Problems, didn't make second attempts, and didn't view the solutions, that tells me that he might not have given the math lesson his full focus that day and might need to go back and review the ones he missed.

Pro Tip: Before you come down too hard on your kids, you should know that not all problems allow for a second attempt. Open-ended problems (such as calculations where a student types in an answer) can be re-tried. However, questions with True/False or Multiple-Choice style input are usually a one-shot-only deal, for obvious reasons.

Delete, Edit, and Change Grade Book Entries

We've also been very thankful for the full control the dashboard gives a parent over scores in the Grade Book. You can delete scores for an entire Lesson if needed.

However, if you don't want your student to have to re-do an entire Lesson (I didn't!) thankfully, the TT Grade Book lets you Delete or Change individual scores. To "Change" a score simply means to toggle between correct and incorrect. To "Delete" means to erase the score and leave the problem as if it had not been attempted.

Teaching Textbooks Subscriptions

Subscriptions vary in price depending on the level of math in which you are enrolling your student. Teaching Textbooks offers programs beginning in third grade and proceeding through Pre-Calculus. Downloadable, printable placement tests are available to assess readiness for all levels of learning.

Are you looking for an independent math program your student can do online? Do you need something that will work on a Chromebook, for a struggling reader or one who is dyslexic? Check out the Teaching Textbooks 3.0 curriculum!

Teaching Textbooks 2.0 materials are still available for purchase, if you prefer the hard-copy textbook and CD-ROM interface. But I highly recommend you take a look at Teaching Textbooks 3.0!

Go HERE to find out more about Teaching Textbooks and to start your subscription to Teaching Textbooks 3.0. You can also follow Teaching Textbooks on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest about the products.

See Teaching Textbooks at the HEAV Convention

Teaching Textbooks will be one of the many awesome Vendors at the Exhibit Hall at the Home Educators Association of Virginia Convention in June! I'd love to see you there. You can find out more information on Convention and Registration HERE!

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Lynna Sutherland

Lynna believes that the gospel moves the homeschool mom from performance to possibility. She offers support for moms overwhelmed by homeschooling multiple ages and distracted by constant sibling conflict. Ditch what slows you down and look to Jesus. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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  • Genevieve Daniel says:

    Thanks Lynna. I am beginning to look at online options in Math for my 6th grader. She is doing well, but I can see she feels stuck in a rut and needs a change from the same text book we have been using for many years now. I appreciate your research and thorough review.

    • Thanks for the feedback! We’re now using it for Algebra, Pre-Algebra, 5th grade and 3rd grade and very pleased with it!