Teaching Textbooks Math 7 Review

My daughter has never been a fan of Math, so as we were approaching higher Math levels in our homeschooling, I was getting apprehensive about which curriculum she would use. She used Singapore Math during her primary school years but we both wanted to shift to something that she could do on her own and at the same time, make Math easier to understand . We’ve tried several other Math programs before but they didn’t work for her so we wanted to try Teaching Textbooks.

Teaching Textbooks is a Math curriculum which comes in CD format and/or physical book format. It starts from 3rd grade Math until Pre-Calculus.  There is a placement test your child can take so you can be sure which level suits child.

We purchased a pre-loved copy of the Teaching Textbooks Math 7 from another homeschooling family. We got the complete set  which includes the self-grading CDs, Textbook and Answer Keys.

The Math 7 curriculum has 4 CDs and each CD contains around 25 lessons each. There is a total of 117 lessons. Each lesson starts with a lecture with someone explaining the concepts. The narrator is able to explain the problem in an interesting and non-boring manner. The lecture is interactive allowing the student to answer the questions by typing. After lecture, there are 5 practice sets followed by around 25 problems that she needs to solve . The answers are checked on the spot and if student gets it wrong, there is an option where the student can watch the correct solution. There is also a gradebook which records all the quizzes and grades of the student.

My daughter thinks Teaching Textbooks is an awesome way to study math! Hearing that from her is enough to confirm that this product is worth buying.

I personally like Teaching Textbooks because it fosters independence in my daughter. It also dispels my fear of being unable to teach higher Math to my homeschoolers. I also like it that the technical support responds promptly to my inquiries through email.

After several years of homeschooling my children, I am glad to have finally found the Math curriculum that fits my daughter’s needs.

Tips for Teaching Someone to Drive in Winter Weather

Teaching someone to drive is a big responsibility. It’s not just about making sure they are prepared to get their license; it’s also about giving them the foundation for driving safely in the future. The first thing you need to ask yourself is do you want the responsibility? If you are sure that you are the right person for the task then you need to set about making sure you teach as effectively as possible.

It’s a good idea to check with your local DMV about what is likely to be included in tests and what is necessary when it comes to driver training. If you do not know how to contact your local driving office, just check out Driving Office locations online. Once you have done this, you can set about organising the teaching accordingly.

Start out simply

The person you are teaching needs to be able to cope with all different road conditions eventually, but it’s best to start out as simply as possible.

  • Start with short lessons and build the time up as you progress.
  • If the lessons start in the winter, choose the best days you can, taking account of the conditions.
  • Start off in a safer location such as a parking lot.
  • Allow time for talking about the lesson when you finish. This helps to consolidate learning.
  • Teach as you go. If the driver makes a mistake, ask them to pull over when it’s safe to do so. It’s better to talk through the mistake while it’s still fresh.

Once the driver is confident in basic driving, you can take them to areas which are more affected by the winter conditions. This is where you need to teach them how to drive safely in these conditions.

What do you need to teach them?

This article is not long enough to cover everything you need to teach someone about driving in winter conditions. But, here is a list of the main areas you should be looking to cover.

  • Making sure that the vehicle is well maintained.
  • Ensuring there is at least half a tank of fuel.
  • The need to increase stopping times to around eight to ten seconds.
  • Knowledge of the vehicle’s braking system, and what you have to in icy conditions.
  • How and why to avoid stopping if possible, and to use the crawling technique rather than having to come to a full stop.
  • Not to use cruise control in heavy rain and snow.

Remember, that the person you are teaching will be nervous; no-one likes to drive in ice and snow, let alone a new driver. You need to check the conditions before you start the lesson so that you can be confident and clear in your instruction. This helps to reduce some of the anxiety.

Hopefully, you have found these tips useful and you now feel more confident about teaching someone to drive in winter weather.


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