Anyone use Teaching Textbooks for math?
I am engaged in a constant conversation with myself, “I can do it all. No I can’t. Well, you should be able to do a, b, and c, through x, and y, and z, and do it all well. Well, you can’t. So, whattya going to do about it? Well, whattya going to do about it after you stress and get crabby?”
A friend of mine, who is working three jobs, plus pregnant and very ill, told me that one lesson she learned, to get through this season is to “allow myself to do work that is adequate instead of excellent.”
I’m thinking about that with this approaching schoolyear, even though this one is not yet past.
I feel that I should be able to do all the read-alouds, and history, and Bible devotions, and English, and science, and math lessons, et al, and do them one-on-one with all my children. But, the sad fact is, I can’t.
So, I’m in the process of investigating what it is that I can alter to allow for less of my time, yet still provide an excellent education for my children, or at least an adequate one. Ack. That hurts just to write it. Well, I guess the truth is that I don’t WANT just an “adequate” education for my kids. Yet, there isn’t enough of me and my time to speak into every aspect of their character and education (not to mention the littles, our home, my husband, my responsibilities at church, etc.) to directly and excellently do EACH subject with each child.
All of that to say, I’m considering Teaching Textbooks for Ethan next year, when he’s in 7th grade. Here’s what I like:
- The program was created by some really smart guys. It appears to be an academically rigorous program, but done in a way that is — at least from reviews — interesting and fun.
- It used both text-and-workbook and a CD-ROM. I don’t want math to be JUST done on the computer, but I don’t think Ethan could do well enough with just a book-based do-it-yourself curriculum.
- Math is probably Ethan’s weakest subject, and sometimes I feel like I’m not able to communicate math ideas in way that Ethan understands best. So, I like that the teachers give a 10-15 minute lesson, AND after I have corrected Ethan’s work, there is a step-by-step explanation of EACH of the homework problems for whichever ones he doesn’t understand.
- And, of course, I like that this will require less of my time. At least, it seems like it will.
- Plus, Singapore, which we currently use, doesn’t have a full curriculum beyond 6th grade, so I have to switch to something.
So, if any of you use Teaching Textbooks and like or dislike it — or, if you use another math program that you adore, OR you want to say, “PLEASE stay away from X curriculum!” please let me know!!