Jumping Ship

As most people know I am diehard fan of Math-U-See and have used it with great success with my kids, both those who are math-minded and those not. It was not the first math we ever used but it was the first that the kids did not wail about. I have nothing bad to say about MUS and will still recommend it as one of the best ways I know to build a firm math foundation from the ground up and will continue to use it with my youngest child.


But... you knew there was going to be a "but" didn't you?? For the other kids we have switched to Teaching Textbooks and could not be more thrilled. So.. now I am sure you are asking... "if you were so happy with MUS why switch? The answer is pretty easy, TT is a "white board" DVD program that walks students through every problem in the book should they need help with that problem. The friendly disembodied voice never looses his temper, or lord forbid forgets how to factor a polynomial (quit looking at me!) and then feeling like a total fool in front of his child. The only down side to the program would have to be the price, but for what in essence becomes a full time tutor it's cheap at twice the price. Oh.. did I mention that it also keeps the grade book for you, grades all the work and lets you see how your child did on each problem?

..yeh...worth the price! Check out the website and the demos. The program starts with 5th grade work and on up but they plan on more books soon and I could not be more thrilled.

2 comments:

Bitterbetty said...

I'm thinking about a year of homeschooling for Jacob. How old is your oldest student these days?

He needs to be challenged differently than they can manage at the public school. He is never ever excited to excellence by their curriculum and we need to find what he is passionate about before he finds some really less than desirable ways to keep himself amused.

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

I had planned on switching over to this too. Like you, I love MUS, but really like the looks of this one.
I wonder if the public school teachers will let us use our own math program next year?