Homeschool math with differently-wired kiddos isn’t a walk in the park. Fortunately, the flexibility and engagement of Teaching Textbooks 4.0 make it a great math curriculum for the differently-wired.
This post was sponsored by Teaching Textbooks. I received curriculum and compensation in exchange for an honest review.
Two words, one terrifying concept that strikes fear into the heart of every mom homeschooling a differently-wired child.
Because as if homeschooling the differently-wired, in general, weren’t an adventure in and of itself, the math part?
The part where you, the homeschool mom, must teach your child, the differently- wired wunderkind, math skills you last used about the time Blockbuster was still a thing?
The part where you’re explaining everything from place value to linear equations while grading and keeping track of five million papers, fighting distraction and perfectionism and fear of failure, and, maybe, (if you’re lucky) wrangling a kid who knows their numbers far better than you?
Dare I say headache-inducing, rage cultivating, academic torture, as well?
Homeschool Math and the Differently-Wired: a Problematic Equation
Yes, I know what you’re thinking: Geez, Ginny. Dramatic much?
Well, yeah. I am dramatic when it comes to math in my homeschool, and honestly, I’m betting you are, too. Like me, you’ve probably spent hours at the kitchen table buried in workbooks and scratch paper , cajoling, supporting, and (let’s be real) strongly encouraging your brilliant, differently-wired kiddo while she slogs through a handful of exercises in math.
For moms like us raising kind like ours, homeschool math can be frustrating and overwhelming.
That’s why you need to check out Teaching Textbooks 4.0.
Teaching Textbooks: A Flexible Solution for Homeschool Math
For 14 years, Teaching Textbooks has taken the stress out of homeschool math. Through straightforward but engaging recorded lectures, Teaching Textbooks is a curriculum offering exactly what it advertises: a comprehensive math textbook capable of teaching and reinforcing math concepts from third grade through Pre-Calculus.
Our family started on version 2.0 (CD-Roms and paper), then graduated to version 3.0 when the program moved online. This fall, we transferred to Teaching Textbook’s application-based version, the much-anticipated 4.0. While the roll-out hasn’t been without a few bugs here and there (what software launch isn’t?) it’s an extra layer of awesomeness to what was already a great curriculum for differently-wired families who want to homeschool math.
If you’re not all that familiar with Teaching Textbooks, it’s probably a good idea to get a basic overview.
Teaching Textbooks is a computer-based homeschool math curriculum with instruction, practice, and assessment all in one. It is a completely open and go, hands-off for mom solution for elementary, middle, and high school mathematics.
How does it work?
Each lesson begins with a brief lecture (roughly four to five minutes) featuring both text and auditory instruction. A slider at the bottom allows your student to slow down, pause, go back or skip forward to make sure he’s got everything down.
Following the lecture, Teaching Textbooks leads the student to a set of practice problems. The first five are simply that: practice with extra help and guidance. The remaining set (between 20 and 22 exercises) gives your student time to practice on her own. The program keeps track of your student’s progress and allows your student to go back to any previous lesson at any time.
While this all sounds pretty wonderful from the get-go, there are new updates to Teaching Textbooks that make it worth its weight in gold. It has set the standard for homeschool math curricula tailored to differently-wired kids. It is challenging, flexible, and perfect for students who work outside the mold.
Why Teaching Textbooks 4.0 is the Ideal Homeschool Math Curriculum for Differently-Wired Families
You can limit distractions – the ADHD, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia family’s dream.
From choosing a muted background to turning off reactions and buddies, Teaching Textbooks 4.0 allows differently-wired students the opportunity to tailor their homeschool math experience. You can keep the focus on the numbers, right where it belongs.
Your student can easily review previously taught concepts – a lifesaver for kids with working memory deficits.
Teaching Textbooks 4.0 does this in two unique ways. The first time a student encounters a new concept outside the lecture and practice problems, the program allows for a hint. Click the button and the narrator gives an auditory and visual reminder of the skill necessary for the concept. In our experience, it’s typically just the push an unsure kiddo needs.
Secondly, at the top of every practice problem is a visual reminder that this concept was first taught in lesson X. Your student can go back to that lesson and review the initial lecture in seconds, all without losing the current work.
There are no physical components to the program.
Executive function issues? You’re home free. No books, no disks, not even a need for scratch paper or a grade book. Everything’s in the program. Hooray!
The word problems are engaging – perfect for clever, easily bored kids.
Say goodbye to two trains traveling the same speed to reach separate destinations. In Teaching Textbooks, you’ve got the Do-Nothing Duo calculating what percentage of their day they really spend doing nothing, or the Gargantua family calculating the required square footage for their gargantuan-sized new home.
You and your student can dictate the pace at which your math program functions.
Kids who eat math for breakfast can move to the next level any time during the school year for no additional payment. Asynchronous learners can move back and forth through the lessons at the pace they need.
There are options for the perfectionist, the child with impostor syndrome, and the child with high anxiety,
Intrusive thoughts. OCD. The child with a paralyzing fear of failure. If you have a child who struggles with any of these issues, Teaching Textbooks 4.0 affords the ultimate in flexible accommodations. You can set the number of chances allotted for answering a question correctly, you can allow your child to see evidence of progress for concrete proof of good work, or you can lockdown the grade book completely and keep it hidden from your kiddo. The flexibility allows as much protection or support as you need.
Teaching Textbooks 4.0 has completely changed the way we do homeschool math.
It has taken away the challenges we fear, the frustrations we loathe, and the rigid expectations we find strangling.
It keeps the focus on educating, engaging, and challenging differently-wired kids.
Want to check out Teaching Textbooks 4.0 for yourself? Click here for a free trial! You’ll get the first 15 lessons at any level for free.
Angela Schaefer says
This is actually very embarrassing to say. I am 50 years old and have dyscalculia. Math skills are absolutely terrible. So I am the one that will be using the curriculum.
Ginny Kochis says
No shame! I think it’s great that you’ve found something to help you.