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[QUOTE=kittywitty;17646881]I will second what was said about Teaching Textbooks. However, not all kids are "mathy" and you can use it efficiently-you have to double check their work, help them out, keep on top of it. Don't have them use it and then bow out.
Yes I have found Teaching Textbooks to be below grade level based on the grade level it says it is. 7th grade math, which I got him, actually seemed to start with things his 3rd grade sister is doing. Honestly, I'm fine with that. It has progressed because he was skipping lessons and doing some really quickly. My son has struggled in math since 2nd grade when he was tested and put on an extra help plan at school. He's been on it ever since and, whenever I think he's doing okay and I don't sign it again for the next year, he falls behind and starts struggling. So I needed to find something that fit with the fact that he does not like math because he's always found it a struggle and feels he's dumb in math. He's even found the word problems in TT a struggle sometimes. We tried Life of Fred and hated it. He likes Teaching Textbooks because it is straightforward and explains things well. I am not math-y so, if Teaching Textbooks was not enough, I would probably have to hire a supplementary tutor. If he goes back to school in high school, we probably will have a tutor to help him in his math.
But yes... anyone who is contemplating TT should understand that it is below grade level. 7th grade seems to start with 3rd grade stuff that is not a review- it is teaching it as a lesson.
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