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In case you’re new around here, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m cheap. Like, super duper cheap. I’m the mom who has her kiddos convinced that thrift stores are cool, used is better and frugal is totally normal. But there are a few things that I’m willing to splurge on in life. Toilet paper is not one of them. My kids’ education is.
In years past, I’ve always splurged on my kiddos homeschool curriculum when I’ve found something that works well for our family. I don’t have a problem spending $100+ for something we’ll only use for a year, as long as we’re getting value out of it.
Traditionally, I spent a couple hundred dollars each year for my kids’ math curriculum, Teaching Textbooks. What helped ease the pain was that I knew I could resell it at the end of the year and recoup most, if not all, of my money.
But that all changed last year. Typically, we finish our used curriculum and put it up for sale. It will generally sell pretty quickly and fetch a pretty impressive chunk of change. But this year, they released an online version of their curriculum and people simply weren’t buying the used product like that had in years past.
This caused me to take a step back and reevaluate our math selection. Before, it had worked okay for us but would it be worth the hefty price tag, if I wasn’t able to resell it when we’re finished? I mean, if we’re going to be paying for an online math curriculum, I should at least make sure it’s perfect for us, right?
Let me stop right here and tell you something else that’s causing me stress in our homeschool: This year, our little Bear is starting kindergarten. Unlike my girls, he has NO interest in school work. Anything that requires him to hold still for .0007 seconds is out of the question. Needless to say, planning our homeschool has been a challenge this year. (Also worth noting, I will have one kiddo entering kindergarten, one entering middle school and one entering high school. All of these grades scare me!)
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So, the quest to find the perfect homeschool math program began.
I’d heard about CTCMath before and even used it with my oldest when she needed some extra help, which was becoming more and more often. However, I’d already doled out the money for Teaching Textbooks and was determined to use it for the rest of the year.
But now, with a new year and a fresh slate, I took another looksy at CTCMath, as well as other online math programs. I was so happy with what I found and even more excited when I realized all of my kids could use the program for the price I had previously spent on just one grade level!
CTCMath vs Teaching Textbooks
- CTCMath is a mastery curriculum while Teaching Textbooks is a spiral.
- CTC gives you a snapshot of what problems you missed at the end of each lesson, allowing you to see which areas you need to work on.
- CTCMath sends a weekly summary to parents so they can see exactly how each child is doing. No need to log in and check each child’s gradebook individually.
- CTCMath is perfect for kindergarten through Calculus, while Teaching Textbooks doesn’t begin until 3rd grade and only goes to Pre-Calculus.
- CTCMath is perfect for large family budgets. For the price of a single grade curriculum, you have access to ALL lessons, from kindergarten through Calculus.
- CTCMath allows you to work at your own pace. There’s no need to purchase another level once you’ve completed your current level. This is super helpful when you have a kiddo who loves math or one who wants to graduate early! It will save you a lot of money.
- CTCMath has reinforcement where needed. My kids, who have always used Teaching Textbooks, have struggled with knowing their times tables. And I mean, struggled hard. CTCMath allows kids to keep working on their multiplication each day, by simply clicking the link at the bottom of the page. They can also practice Speed Skills and solve fun logic problems on Swap Pieces.
- CTCMath gives kiddos a certificate reward for their accomplishments. This is the perfect encouragement to keep them working hard.
- CTCMath has quick and thorough videos that are engaging and fun. Teaching Textbook uses cartoon characters, which my older kids find kind of silly.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option for your homeschool, check out CTCMath. It’s as effective as other curriculum but much more affordable! Kids love it and parents love the savings.