My 8th grade son uses Teaching Textbooks. He has gotten to a point where I can't really help him much with his math unless I really study and prepare a lot ahead of time. Since I don't often have much time for that, I decided to try out Teaching Textbooks this year with him. He watches the lecture/explanation part of the lesson (from a DVD) on his computer. Then he does his work out of the textbook. Then he uses another DVD to check his 5 "practice" problems before completing the 20 or so "lesson problems." Then I check the lesson problems for him (so I know he did them correctly and to keep him from being tempted to peek at the answers instead of working the problems himself). If he misses any, he has to re-do them once, and then I check them again. If he misses them a second time, I have him use a separate DVD to watch how to correctly work the problem(s) that he needs to correct. Every single problem that he has to do is on one of the included DVDs so that, if he doesn't know how to do any problem in the textbook, it can be found and he can watch the correct way to work it. This has worked well for him! It allows him to be much more independent with his math, and I don't have to worry about whether or not I know enough to help him! :)
I suppose I could keep going and mention some more of the resources we are using this year, but I won't right now. I don't want this post to be too incredibly long!! I will mention very quickly, though, that I will be doing a review of the online classes that both my 13-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter are using for history this year through Veritas Press. I will let you know about that review later. It may end up being included it the "reviews" section of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine later this school year. :)
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