There is such a wide variety of math programs circulating throughout the homeschool community that it may seem a bit overwhelming when you are trying to sort through them all. In addition, not all programs fit each child and their learning style, which is why it’s so important to do your homework before committing to any math curriculum.
This page provides information about:
- The Teaching Textbooks program
- Finding the best math curriculum
- How to use Time4Learning with Teaching Textbooks
- Benefits of using Time4Learning with Teaching Textbooks
- How technology can help conquer math anxiety
- The Time4Learning program structure
What is Teaching Textbooks?
Considering Teaching Textbooks for math? Teaching Textbooks has gained popularity with homeschoolers because the program offers the assistance of a tutor. Although each student is given a workbook to complete their math problems, all of the instruction is done through a set of CDs on the computer. Students who are independent and visual learners often excel at this type of learning.
The Teaching Textbooks program has between 120 and 160 instructional hours with over 3,500 problems in each book. Students who complete any of the problems incorrectly have the option of watching a tutor explain the ones they missed. This way, students can easily learn from any mistakes they made before moving on to the next lesson.
Finding the Best Homeschool Math Curriculum
There is no one-size-fits-all math program on the market. Sometimes supplementing one program with another is necessary to optimize learning. This is especially true if you find that your child has trouble understanding certain parts of a curriculum, such as measurements or reading graphs. When this happens, parents would be wise to add additional games, activities, and math problems from another math program. Sometimes having the material presented in a different perspective or format is all it takes to master the math concepts your child is having difficulty with.
Each unit is taught, quizzed, reviewed, then quizzed again. My 7th graderespecially appreciated this in Math.
- Debbi of DiamondGrove
In seventh grade math, students use a Venn Diagram to organize and identify common factors.
Time4Learning Works With Teaching Textbooks
For those considering Teaching Textbooks, it’s important to note that Time4Learning is the ideal complement to the program due to its flexibility and ease of use. Time4Learning allows children to work at their own pace and within different levels if need be. Students can easily access math concepts on Time4Learning’s website by using the lesson plans provided. The lessons are presented in a way that makes students feel as if they are playing a video game, which in turn helps capture and hold their attention until a particular concept has been mastered completely.
Both Teaching Textbooks and Time4Learning encourage independent study so they complement each other perfectly. Students may begin by listening to the CD lessons at Teaching Textbooks, complete the accompanying practice problems, and then use Time4learning’s interactive lessons for reinforcement. There are many different ways that parents can make use of both programs for a well-rounded math experience.
More Benefits of Time4Learning with Teaching Textbooks
Time4Learning’s online math program can be used by itself, or alongside the Teaching Textbooks program for a more thorough math education. In addition to a standards-based math curriculum, Time4Learning’s membership also includes a complete language arts curriculum. Social studies and science are included as a bonus, and foreign languages are available as optional extra education. Teaching Textbooks currently offers only math for grades three through seven, plus pre-algebra, algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and pre-calculus. Children in preschool through second grade can use Time4Learning exclusively, since there is no counterpart available on Teaching Textbooks.
Many homeschooling parents find that Teaching Textbooks needs supplementation, as many of the concepts found in the elementary levels are a grade behind other textbooks. This is where Time4Learning can make a big difference. Time4Learning allows students to access math problems a grade above or below the level they are currently in.
Time4Learning is also suited for children with varying learning styles. Visual learners will appreciate seeing the lessons in action, and students that need constant stimulation will welcome the interactive learning approach. Of course, those who prefer to write their math problems by hand will be given the chance to do so through printable worksheets available for many of the lessons.
Another benefit for students utilizing Time4Learning’s educational program is the ability to improve their computer skills. It is important in today’s society for children to begin using a computer at a young age, and Time4Learning’s program encourages this in a fun, yet educational manner.
Although most math curricula expect you to follow their books from start to finish, Time4Learning allows students to skip around the lessons. Children can then spend more time on lessons that they need more practice on, and less time on lessons that have already been mastered. This way, the curriculum can be completely customized to fit each student’s individual needs.
We have used teaching text books, and they are great... but I've also come to realize that my children learn a little bit differently than the way these books teach.
- Bridgett's Homeschool Adventures
In 4th grade math, students learn about the relationships between numbers, decimals and fractions.
Technology Can Create a Can-Do Attitude Toward Math
The Time4Learning Math Toolkit features a dozen tools that help students solve various kinds of math problems. Tools include Algebra Tiles, Base Ten Blocks, Calculator, Counters, Data Representation, Fractions, Geoboard, Coordinate Graphing, Number Line, Probability, Solid Shaper, and Transformation.
Math lessons using Time4Learning are effective because of the privacy, patience, and impartiality of the computer. Lessons can be completed in the privacy of your own home. Computers have endless patience and are non-judgmental, which promotes a can-do attitude and helps conquer math anxiety. The use of computers for learning eliminates any potential negative aspects of teacher-student interaction, such as when a teacher is impatient or makes a student feel inadequate when they don’t excel in class.
The Time4Learning Program Structure
Time4Learning has been refined through years of feedback from educators, parents, and students. Subjects are organized into chapters composed of interactive lessons, printable worksheets, quizzes and tests. Students are guided through the activities at their own pace by an automated system.
When students log in, they choose a subject, select a chapter, pick a lesson and complete the activities. A bright green arrow tells them where they left off, and completed work is clearly labeled with a check-mark or a gold star. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the lessons, making it easy for even young learners to follow, and an online playground (controlled by parents) rewards and motivates them to finish their lessons.
Parents get access to printable lesson plans, teaching tools, detailed reporting and parental support through our online Parent Forum.
Does your child have different achievement levels for math and language arts? No problem! Time4Learning lets you set each individual subject at the appropriate graded level, making this program great for special needs and gifted students.