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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Mini Dollar Tree Homeschool Haul

I have shared before my love for the dollar store, I especially love to buy homeschool supplies there. I recently stopped by my Dollar Tree to see what homeschool goodies I could find, and this is what I bought on that trip.

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Lots and Lots of Workbooks – I have really been needing to find some workbooks to entertain my preschooler while I do work with the older kids. Then I remembered that Dollar Tree has lots of good workbooks and for only $1 you can’t beat it.

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Cruz, my preschooler, has been loving having his own stack of school books, just like his older siblings, and I was really amazed at the quality of these books, especially the sticker books.

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Mini Notebooks – Every year, when the stores have back to school sales, I stock up on notebooks. However, I found these mini notebooks at the dollar store and they seem like they would be handier for the kids than the bigger size notebooks.

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Puzzles – My Dollar Tree had several different types of puzzles. I was able to buy some puzzles for all my kids (ages 13 to 2 years old).

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That’s all for this mini homeschool Dollar Tree haul. If you are a homeschooler, what’s your favorite supply to buy at the dollar store?

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Valentine’s Day Resources

Hi Guys!

Over the years i have created several different Valentine’s Day resources, that i thought it would be worth sharing them again this year in one blog post.

Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats

#1 – Valentine’s Day Buttons

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#2 – White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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#3 – Heart Shaped Brownies

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#4 – Red Velvet Milkshakes

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Valentine’s Day Printables

#1-  Valentine’s Day Cards

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#2 – Valentine’s Day Part 1

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#3 – Valentine’s Day Part 2

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#4 – Conversation Hearts Science Experiments

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#5 – Conversation Hearts Graphing

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#6 – Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

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#7 – Love Bundle

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I hope you enjoyed this Valentine’s Day resource roundup!

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February Reading List

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with our February reading list!

February Reading List

Here are all the books we have planned to read this month…

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)

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Infinity Ring book 4 

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th Grade)

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The Great Escape (Secret of the Hidden Scrolls book 3)

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)

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May I Please Have a Cookie?

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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The Kissing Hand

Veronica (Me!)

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Everybody, Always – I actually just finished this book yesterday. It is was so good, i highly recommend it!!

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Mere Christianity 

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Emptied

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It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way – I have loved every Lysa Terkeurst book I’ve read, so i expect this one will be no different.

Read Aloud Book

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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Morning Routine {For A Mom Of 5}

Hi Guys!

Today I thought I would share what my morning routine looks like, as a mom of 5.

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Usually my body just wakes up around 5 o’clock, but if it doesn’t then my alarm goes off at 5:30 and I get up. That’s when I will let the dogs outside, use the bathroom, and weight myself.

Then I go into the kitchen and turn on the coffee pot, and then pour myself a cup of coffee. After getting my coffee, I walk back into my bedroom, sit down at my desk, and enjoy my cup of coffee, while chatting with my husband (who is also enjoying a cup of coffee).

Once i’m done with my coffee, I grab out my bullet journal and work on that for a little while (my husband is usually leaving for work at this point). In my bullet journal, I keep track of all my health/fitness stuff so that’s usually what i’m entering into my journal in the morning.

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After that, I try to get moving. I start with picking up my bedroom. I make the bed, pick up stuff off the floor, put away any laundry laying around, etc..

Then, at this point, I am just waiting for 7 o’clock to come around (when the children wake up), so I might; read a book, watch a YouTube video, write a blog post, or check my social media accounts, to kill some time.

7 o’clock rolls around, and all the children start to wake up. That’s when I start making breakfast, after some morning snuggles with the littles. By 7:30 we are eating breakfast.

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After breakfast, I clean up the kitchen (dishes, wipe down counters, etc.), then I start a load of laundry for the day. Once my morning chores have been done, I help the 2 youngest get dressed and ready for the day.

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Then I get myself ready for the day, and then once i’m done it is usually almost 8 o’clock (which is when we start school). I call the 3 oldest to get their schoolwork and come to the table. We get started with math first (which we do for 1 hour) and while I go back and forth helping the 3 oldest with any math problems they are struggling with, I am also working with my 4 year old with his preschool work.

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Then the rest of my morning is spent helping children with schoolwork, keeping the toddler entertained, and trying to move around as much as possible (so that i get my 10,000+ steps every day).

So that’s what my mornings looks like pretty much every day, with the exception of the weekends. However, i still wake up at the same time on the weekends, and do most of the same things in the morning, with the only exception being schoolwork with the children.

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Homeschooling In Small Spaces

Hi Guys!

Last year we moved from a 2,600 Square feet house into a 1,900 square feet house. In downsizing, we lost a dedicated school room, so now we’ve been doing most of our school work at the dinning room table. I know, from first hand experience, that homeschooling in a small space can be tricky, but it’s also completely doable.

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Here’s how we have been doing it…

  1. Find a spot for your curriculum/books/Supplies (Tip: Think outside the box) – We have this little area at the top of our stairs, which i refer to as the “book nook area”, where we keep all our curriculum, books, and supplies.

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If you don’t have a space like that, use a closet, or a bookshelf, or a cabinet, or keep             your curriculum in containers that can be easily stored under furniture or a bed.

2. Only buy/keep what’s necessary – I’ve had to get rid of a lot of things that we just              really didn’t need and things that were taking up space. Would it be nice to have a              model skeleton? Sure, but the space it takes up makes it not worth it, when we can              just look up pictures in books or online. Also i have to be very picky about what i                buy and bring into our house, because we don’t want to add more clutter.

3. Mini white boards – My big white board is probably the thing i miss the most.                    However, i found some mini white boards at Walmart that were only a couple of                dollars. They work great to work one on one with each child, and can be easily                    stored.

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I hope you enjoyed hearing about my tips on how we manage to homeschool in a small space. Are you also homeschooling in a small space? I’d love to hear some of your tips.

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