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.

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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.

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

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My Homeschool Co-op Experience

When we first started homeschooling, i had thought about joining a co-op, but at the time it didn’t make sense as we were pretty unstable (moving state to state, pregnancies, etc.). Come January 2019, 6 years into homeschooling, we finally joined a co-op for the first time.

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Towards the middle of January, i had heard about a new co-op starting the first week of February. I had been praying so hard in the months leading up to that, that something might come along for our children, as i was just feeling like they were needing something more. Some other people to connect with, who live similar lives.

I went to the information meeting the week before the first classes were to start. I was honestly pretty nervous (being that i’m a really shy introvert) and was continually trying to talk myself out of going to that meeting all day long. But i’m glad i forced myself to go and even more pleased that we joined this co-op.

Most of my kids were on board for joining a co-op, a few were hesitant, but after our first day all of my kids loved it and couldn’t wait for the next week.

Now, because we have never been a part of a co-op before, i have nothing to compare it to. I do know, that since this was this co-op’s first year, things were pretty much trail and error. And i believe next semester will run even more smoothly.

If you have been wanting to give a co-op a try, but have been on the fence about it, I say go for it, the worst that could happen is you absolutely hate it, and if that happens you can always drop out. You won’t know until you try, right?

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First Day of School Interviews {2018/2019}

Hi Guys!

I started this tradition of interviewing my children on their first day of school, when we first started homeschooling back in 2013! Ever since then it has become one of my favorite things of our whole back to school process.

Here are their interviews for this school year…

Samuel

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My name is Samuel

I am 13 years old

The yummiest food to eat is Grilled Cheese with pickles

My favorite show to watch is Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street

The best thing about school is getting done

The worst thing about school is waking up early

The coolest person on Earth is Mommy

I am really super good at being creative

My favorite color is Silver

The best place in the world to be is outside

When i grow up i want to skydive

I really really do not like to eat raisins

My best friend is Jackson

When i was little i used to dance

3 words that tell about me: creative, smart, funny

This year i hope to learn Spanish

 

Dasean

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My name is Dasean

I am 10 years old

The yummiest food to eat is all foods

My favorite show to watch is Nexo Knights

The best thing about school is Math

The worst thing about school is siblings complaining

The coolest person on Earth is Mommy

I am really super good at building LEGOS

My favorite color is Red

The best place in the world to be is home

When i grow up i want to be a master of building LEGOS

I really really do not like to eat raisins

My best friend is Jackson

When i was little i used to suck my thumb

3 words that tell about me: funny, smart, intelligent 

This year i hope to learn fractions

 

Karina

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My name is Karina

I am 7 years old

The yummiest food to eat is strawberries

My favorite show to watch is Son of Bigfoot

The best thing about school is Math

The worst thing about school is nothing

The coolest person on Earth is Mommy

I am really super good at typing

My favorite color is pink

The best place in the world to be is with my mommy

When i grow up i want to sing

I really really do not like to eat broccoli

My best friend is Mommy

When i was little i used to drink milk

3 words that tell about me: cute, funny, a princess

This year i hope to learn how to be a mom

 

Cruz

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My name is Cruz

I am 4 years old

The yummiest food to eat is bread

My favorite show to watch is Halloween kid shows on YouTube

The best thing about school is B

The worst thing about school is nothing

The coolest person on Earth is Cruz

I am really super good at playdough

My favorite color is Red

The best place in the world to be is with family

When i grow up i want to be Lincoln’s age

I really really do not like to eat bird poop

My best friend is Lincoln

When i was little i used to sleep in a crib

3 words that tell about me: funny, silly, gooey 

This year i hope to learn ABC’s

 

  •  In case you are curious, you can read some of their previous interviews below:

2013/2014 School Year

2014/2015 School Year

2015/2016 School Year

2016/2017 School Year

2017/2018 School Year

 

  • Or if you want to interview your own kids, i have made it into a handy printable. Just click the link below:

Free First Day of School Interview

 

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First Day of Homeschool {2018/2019}

Hi Guys!

As you can tell by the title of this blog post we have started back up with homeschool, for our 6th year of homeschooling!

This year i have an 8th grader, 5th grader, 2nd grader, and preschooler.

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*Seriously why is it so hard to get 4 people to look at the camera at the same time and smile. This was the best picture i got.*

I plan on sharing all our curriculum choices in a separate blog post, so be on the lookout for that.

But as far as how our first day of school went, it was pretty good. We are doing a new schedule this year so of course that takes time to get used to. I might share our schedule in a separate blog post, if that something you guys would like to see, let me know. As we were doing our school work i realized some of our stuff hadn’t arrived yet and i also realized that i forgot to order a few things, so that was our one hiccup during the day. Nothing major though, and we were able to move along with the day.

Cruz, my preschooler, loves doing school. He keeps asking for more work, gosh how i love that age! I wish my 8th grader was as eager to do school work.

I really wish we had a fun, first day back at school tradition, but the only thing we do is take these pictures and do interviews, which will also be in a separate blog post. I was thinking though that we might do something fun on Friday to celebrate our first week of being back to school. Not sure yet, but i will let you know if i come up with something.

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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.

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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.

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We Love Earth Week 2018 {Day 7}

Hi Guys!!

Today is Earth Day!! So that means today is the last day of our “We Love Earth Week” celebration, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have!

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Today, we went to a nearby lake, for a little nature walk.

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Except for a little bit of wind, it was a beautiful day.

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And we even saw some deer.

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As far as our snack for the day, it’s kids choice today. They get to pick from any of the snacks we had all week long. They wanted “Ants On A Log”.

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For our book today, we read “I Am Earth”

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So that’s it! That’s the end of our “We Love Earth Week” celebration!

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We Love Earth Week 2018 {Day 6}

Hi Guys!

Today is day 6 of my “We Love Earth Week” celebration! Here’s what we have going on today…

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  • Our activity today is to plant some seeds

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That’s it for today! Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for our 7th and final day!!

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