Teaching Textbooks Vs. Math-U-See

From the very first day we started homeschooling (6 years ago), we used Math-U-See. I loved how you watch a video of the lesson, and then you do the worksheets that go along with that lesson. We had no problems with Math-U-See until my oldest son hit pre-algebra/algebra.

teaching textbooks vs math u see

My son would watch the video which took like 15 – 20 minutes, the videos up until this point had been relatively short about 5 minutes at the most, and then he would try to do the worksheets but he was finding himself stuck on lots of problems and really just not grasping the concepts.

Re-watching the videos at this point was not really an option, because then he would be spending about an hour on math and not doing any actual work.

Having me teach him the lessons really wasn’t an option either. I love doing math, up until a certain point. I will teach my kids; counting, skip counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions, decimals, etc., but once you get to adding the alphabet into your problems, i’m out.

So, needless to say we were both a little frustrated with math, and we needed a change badly, like yesterday. So during the middle of the school year, i switched him to Teaching Textbooks online. What a difference it has made. He enjoys doing math now, and he is finally understanding all the different concepts.

There is also a big difference price wise as well, Math-U-See pre-algebra costs $182 vs. Teaching Textbooks online pre-algebra costs $67.08!

I love how Teaching Textbooks also grades all the work, all i do is login to my parent portal and check his grades to see how he is doing. No more grading paper after paper, they do all the work for me!

Now, this doesn’t mean we are done with Math-U-See, in fact i just bought the next level up for 2 of my kids for our next school year. I plan to continue using Math-U-See with my children, until they hit the pre-algebra level, and then i will switch them over to Teaching Textbooks.

teaching textbooks math you see chart

Have you used Teaching Textbooks or Math-U-See? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.


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The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts Review

Hi Guys!

I shared during my curriculum picks that we are using The Good and The Beautiful for language arts this year. **Side note: What homeschooler isn’t using it? as it seems to be very popular this year.**

Anyways, we are into our 10th week of school, so i thought i would give my review on this curriculum.


I’m just going to dive in and tell you my pros and cons of The Good and The Beautiful language arts curriculum.

(We are using levels Pre-k – 7)


~Levels 1-5 are available to download for FREE!

~It’s pretty much open and go, not much prep work involved.

~I love how it covers more than just language arts, they also add in geography and art appreciation.

~If you don’t decide to download it for FREE (or you order one of the levels are aren’t available for free download), their prices are aren’t that expensive compared to other language arts curriculum.

~It’s just beautiful. I love all the artwork throughout it.

~I feel like it’s a well rounded curriculum, it covers everything, there are no gaps. From spelling, to punctuation, to grammar, to vocabulary, to writing my kids are covered.


~It’s advanced. Which isn’t really a con, it’s just something you have to be aware of before you order/place your child into a level. They have a level placement test which you can download for free on their website.


That’s it, those are my pros and cons. Which obviously my pros outweigh my cons and i’m 100% sure i will be ordering this curriculum again next year!

If you are using The Good and The Beautiful this year i’d love to hear what you think about it. Leave me comment with your thoughts.




Homeschool Curriculum Picks {2018/2019}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m going to share with you all of our curriculum choices for each kid this year.

Cruz (Preschool/ 4 years old)


I couldn’t just pick 1 curriculum to use with him this year, because there are so many good choices out there. So i’m doing a mix up of 4 different ones.

God’s Little Explorers – I used this in the past with Karina and we enjoyed it.

The Good and The Beautiful Pre-K Level (language arts) – This was super affordable ($15) and it’s much raved about in the homeschooling community. So we are excited to give it a go!

Confessions of a Homeschooler Letter of the week – I bought this years ago when i started my homeschooling journey and this will be my 3rd child i’ve used it with.

Encompass Preschool Curriculum – What really excites me about this one is the planned out field trip ideas and snacks to go with each week.

Karina (2nd grade/ 7 years old)


Math: Math-U-See Beta level

English: BJU Press English 2

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 2

History: Abeka Book Our America

Science: ABeka Book Enjoying God’s World

Reading: All About Reading level 2

Language Arts & Literature: The Good and The Beautiful level K – This covers phonics/reading, spelling, grammar/punctuation, literature, and art.

Dasean (5th grade/ 10 years old)


Math: Math-U-See Epsilon

English: BJU Press English 5

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5

History: Abeka Book Old World History & Geography 

Science: Abeka Book Investigating God’s World

Language Arts & Literature: The Good and The Beautiful level 1-5 – This is a free curriculum!! And like i said above, it covers: phonics/reading, spelling, grammar/punctuation, literature, and art. I’m starting him on a very low level because he does need some extra help with spelling and i’m sure by the end of the year we will finish level 5.

Samuel (8th grade/ 13 years old)


Math: Math-U-See Algebra 1

English: BJU Press Writing & Grammar Grade 8 

Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Book 8

History: Abeka Book America Land I love

Science: Abeka Book Earth and Space

Language Arts & Literature: The Good and The Beautiful level 2-7 – He also struggles with spelling, so i’m starting him low too and by the end of the year he will be where he needs to be at.

That’s all for their individual work…

Each kid is also doing some form of Spanish class. Some do it on the computer, phone app, and others do worksheets.

The 3 oldest kids also do Typing Instructor for Kids on the computer.

They are all still learning piano.

So that’s everything, curriculum wise, we have going on this year. I hope you enjoyed hearing about our choices, and if you homeschool your kids, i’d love to hear what curriculum you are using this school year!


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Last Day of School 2017/2018

Hi Guys!

We finished up our 5th year of homeschooling on May 11th, so i thought today i would sit down and share how our 5th year went. The good and the bad.


For our 5th year of homeschooling we switched things up and went over to a year round homeschooling schedule. Which i think we all really enjoyed. It was so nice to take several small breaks throughout the year, i felt like we were less burnt out by the end of the year.

We tried out new curriculum this year, My Father’s World and Heart of Dakota, I liked them both, however i’m not sure i will use them again. There were just certain things that i feel like didn’t work for our family with each program.

Some of the issues i had with My Father’s World, was i just thought it was too easy for my 7th grader. Same with Heart of Dakota, it was way too easy for my 1st grader.

Also i can’t get over the price of My Father’s World. It’s just way too expensive.

Although our 5th year of school is over, we will still do some work over our summer break. We will continue to do some math, reading, and writing because i feel like those things are important to keep up with.

Our new school year (2018/2019) will start in early July, so look for all my curriculum picks and details about our 6th year of homeschooling coming up next month.



Homeschool Updates

We are already more than half way through our homeschool school year, so i thought now would be a good time to give you all some updates on what’s been going on with our homeschool.

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Our homeschool room – Update #1

When we first started out our school year, our homeschool room was in our old living room. I wrote a blog post giving you all a tour of our school room, you can look back at that HERE.

Well, shortly into the school year, that homeschool room set up wasn’t working for us anymore. So we moved our school room back to it’s previous location.

Well, that still wasn’t working for us, so we moved yet again.

Now we are in a new location (our old home office room) and so far i have to say i’m loving this set up.




The problem with the previous set ups were the baby was able to get a hold of everything. With this set up, the baby is outside of our school room and i’m still able to keep an eye on him. He is no longer distracting the kids by grabbing their school work.

Where we are at so far – Update #2

We are in our 23rd week , day 112.

Karina has already finished all of her handwriting book (this one was her second one so far this school year) and the boys are on their final week of vocabulary.

When will we be done – Update #3

As of right now, we are projected to be done with our school year on May 11th. That would be 37 weeks completed and a total of 183 days.

Entertaining Cruz (who is 3 years old) – Update #4

Entertaining a baby and a toddler is definitely one of the hardest things about homeschooling. Right now we are in a good rhythm, with the baby playing in the playroom until nap time while we do school work.

Cruz has the option to play with his baby brother in the playroom or join us in the school room. Lately he has been opting to join us, and when he does i give him these containers to play with.


They have all sorts of different stuff inside of them:

  • Puzzles
  • Magnets
  • Counting Bears
  • Playdough
  • and more…

They seem to be doing the job of entertaining him while not distracting the other kids.

Spelling woes – Update #5

My kids are not naturally gifted with spelling. Although i love the Spelling-You-See curriculum, my boys have been needing something extra. I didn’t want to purchase a brand new curriculum this far into the school year, so I’ve just been giving them a list of spelling words each week to master. So far it’s going really well, and i believe by the time our school year is up they will be able to spell all the words on their grade level spelling list.


All About Reading – Update #6

My daughter, Karina, has been using the All About Reading curriculum, level 1, this year. I bought this curriculum when we first started homeschooling, yet i was never able to truly give it a shot with my boys. However, i must say i’m loving using it with my daughter. She is learning so much. I’m impressed with how quickly she is grasping reading.

What i am not liking – Update #7

Christian Heroes Then & Now books. I really wanted to like these books, and i did really enjoy the Nate Saint one. However most of these books have incredibly hard names/locations to pronounce. And the chapters are not quick, they seem to drone on. Most days when i am reading them aloud, to the boys, i find myself not paying attention to what I’ve just read.

That’s all the stuff i can think of to update about right now. If you homeschool, let me know how your school year is going so far.


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