I have used Abeka k-3 with my oldest. He started this yr in Abeka 4. He trails thru it pretty slow. So, I ordered Teaching Textbooks for him tonight. I think his main thing slowing him down is his multiplication facts. I am hoping TT is slow enought that he can grip things better& get faster. I am definitely going to add extra drills daily to hopefully help. What are thoughts on TT? Drill ideas, etc. I want him to be good in math. I really am trying to help him. ideas welcome & appreciated!

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Quoting ncstress:

I don't know TT I haven't used it but we use a free online math program that teaches multiplication a little different but it really helped my 13 to ds to improve his skills. My 5 yo taught himself multiplication before add/sub using an app I have for his older bros to practice. You might try app games too.

What is the name of it? I will try it! Thanks!

I think TT can be good for a struggling learner. You did the placement test first, right? I ask because it can be pretty behind other programs, especially if he's finished successfully Abeka 3 math - he might need TT 5 or 6; it just depends.

Make sure you watch him on it - it's fairly easy to sail through, without really understanding it.

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i love teaching textbooks my son was STRUGGLING knew nothing very behind in public with math when we pulled him end of 3rd grade they were using saxon. I started with horizons without all the timed stuff and tests he did a little better then I found teaching textbooks at a co-op curriculm day. HE loved it I thought it was great. I went home and bought it he knows math now he gets 100% or better almost every day. Do the placement test TT tends to be a bit behind at first like many 2ed graders use the 3rd grade program my kid in 4th started the 3rd grade program year round to catch up. he is in 7th doing the 7th and like i said doing great. My 5th grader is doing the 6th grade and my3rd grader is doing the 3rd. it catches up as well your child wont finish 12th grade behind if only used teaching textbooks along but on track to ahead of the public kids. YOu can resell teaching textbooks and buy used btw totally legal they have no issues with that. Once the code has been used more than 2x you call them and they extend it.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

I think TT can be good for a struggling learner. You did the placement test first, right? I ask because it can be pretty behind other programs, especially if he's finished successfully Abeka 3 math - he might need TT 5 or 6; it just depends.

Make sure you watch him on it - it's fairly easy to sail through, without really understanding it.

I did do the placement tests. He got an almost perfect score on the Math 4 test but then didn't get many correct on the Math 5 one,which surprised me. He got all good grades in Math 3 in Abeka last year. He got most of the multiplication & divison ones wrong on Math 5 placement test for TT just because he didn't do the higher ones. He said it would take too long to figure them all out. I was annoyed by the lack of trying. He even did equations, long divison/multiplication last yr so idk. I figured if we went thru it quickly we haveAbeka 4 book here or I would just start TT 5. I REALLY need him to memorize those facts though!!

Quoting AmyG1976:

i love teaching textbooks my son was STRUGGLING knew nothing very behind in public with math when we pulled him end of 3rd grade they were using saxon. I started with horizons without all the timed stuff and tests he did a little better then I found teaching textbooks at a co-op curriculm day. HE loved it I thought it was great. I went home and bought it he knows math now he gets 100% or better almost every day. Do the placement test TT tends to be a bit behind at first like many 2ed graders use the 3rd grade program my kid in 4th started the 3rd grade program year round to catch up. he is in 7th doing the 7th and like i said doing great. My 5th grader is doing the 6th grade and my3rd grader is doing the 3rd. it catches up as well your child wont finish 12th grade behind if only used teaching textbooks along but on track to ahead of the public kids. YOu can resell teaching textbooks and buy used btw totally legal they have no issues with that. Once the code has been used more than 2x you call them and they extend it.

That's great! I hope it is loved here also.

I was alittle concerned about it being slower but I kinda need that right now so my son can have longer to memorize those facts. If he'd get them memorized I think he would even be fine in his Abeka book.

I have heard great things from TT at a local group so really have been wanting to try it! Nice to hear it catches up & is ok in later graduating years! I love the idea of the video problems for the older grades!! Nice that it has a good resale too!! I have 4 kids so we prob will reuse it for awhile!! lol!! As long as things don't change too much!

We love TT, but also use Kumon workbooks for multiplication drills.

The most important thing if for him to understand math. Multiplication facts with come with time. I would just encourage him to have fun with math. Play games with the facts. Give him a mulitplication table and just let them naturally. He needs to know them by the time he hits Alegebra. Some kids learn quickly and some take their time. My oldests is taking his time. He learned them just by playing with math. He has an aplitude for Math. He has even locically figured out his times tables. It is good practice for kids to use their logical thinking while working with math. I wouldn't recommend straight memorizing in Math. Let it come naturally and it will happen. I am not saying don't practice mulitiplication but make it fun and free of expectations and it will happen.

Quoting Liamoondancer:We love TT, but also use Kumon workbooks for multiplication drills.

Quoting jen2150:The most important thing if for him to understand math. Multiplication facts with come with time. I would just encourage him to have fun with math. Play games with the facts. Give him a mulitplication table and just let them naturally. He needs to know them by the time he hits Alegebra. Some kids learn quickly and some take their time. My oldests is taking his time. He learned them just by playing with math. He has an aplitude for Math. He has even locically figured out his times tables. It is good practice for kids to use their logical thinking while working with math. I wouldn't recommend straight memorizing in Math. Let it come naturally and it will happen. I am not saying don't practice mulitiplication but make it fun and free of expectations and it will happen.

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- caribear77

on Sep. 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM