Homeschool Math Curriculum: Teaching Textbooks 4.0 vs. CTCMath

Teaching homeschool math can be a stress inducing thought. Many of us were not strong in math ourselves, or have not done much of it since graduation, and worry about how we can successfully teach our children. Using a homeschool math curriculum is something I would strongly suggest! A good homeschool math curriculum can ease your stress and help you to be successful in teaching your own children to be solid mathematicians.

UPDATED to reflect Teaching Textbooks 4.0! Homeschool Math Curriculum: a side by side comparison of Teaching Textbooks 4.0 and CTCMath. A review from Starts At Eight

In our many years of homeschooling I have used a multitude of math programs. Depending on the level we were at, and the individual needs of our children, I have found a use for each and every one of these throughout the years:

Homeschool Math Curriculum We Have Used:

Teaching Textbooks along with Singapore Math have been two of our most used homeschool math curriculum choices. I have used Singapore Math in the younger years through about 5th grade and then switched to Teaching Textbooks.

When my oldest was a senior we had the opportunity use CTCMath for Pre-Calculus. Given our experience with both CTCMath and Teaching Textbooks I thought I would share a more side by side comparison of the two.

About Teaching Textbooks

  • Teaching Textbooks now an app! Teaching Textbooks 4.0. That means they are totally mobile and work with EVERYTHING! {Windows, MAC, Chromebook, iPhone/iPad, and Android phones and tablets} 
  • Also works offline for up to 6 lessons at a time.
  • No need for paper and pencils on the go! There is a scratchpad built in to the Teaching Textbook interface.
  • The price for 12 months of access to a digital 4.0 course varies from around $43 to $67 and caps out at $199.08 for families with 4 to 8 students. It includes a PAUSE feature you will love! You get 3 months of pause time with a 7 day minimum pause up to 90 days total!
  • Video based lessons followed by on screen assignment questions which are also read to the student.
  • Access to the printable e-book text.
  • EVERY SINGLE Teaching Textbooks problem comes with a detailed step-by-step audiovisual solution. That means the student can be walked through the entire problem step by step, helping to teach them along the way.
  • FULLY AUTOMATED GRADING!! Each level has fully automated grading which means the program does it for you! No more time spent going through and grading math!
  • There is Parent Portal which can be accessed from anywhere and contains all your children’s grade books (both current and past 3.0 and 4.0 gradebooks), as well as controls for managing the Hint and Second Chances.
  • **COMING SOOON** a daily e-mail of your students’ progress.
  • Hints and Second Chances give students who take longer to understand the material a chance to learn at a more comfortable pace. Hints appear on screen in addition to being read to provide a vital push for kids who are struggling with math in general or with a newly-learned-concept.
  • Has a free math helpline. Both the call and the helpline tutor’s time are totally free for all Teaching Textbook users!

Check out my full Teaching Textbooks 4.0 Review!

Be sure to check out my full review for more screenshots and details about all the Teaching Textbooks 4.0 features!

Homeschool Math with Teaching Textbooks 4.0 is math made easy. Online, interactive, independent, auto-graded, and so much more! A review from Starts At Eight

About CTCMath

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  • A CTCMath membership allows you to enroll up to 10 children in their online math program, for ONE LOW COST!
  • has math for all levels from Kindergarten through Calculus (high school)
  • video based lessons with audio instructions for the comprehension questions
  • Short manageable lessons (even in the upper levels)
  • Parental Notification – you can set up to get weekly update e-mails of your child’s progress. This makes it so easy to check in each week and see how they are doing (especially when they are older, more independent learners.)
  • The parent portal gives you the ability to add assignments (which they call tasks). These then show up on your student’s homepage for them to complete.
  • For each skill set there are testing options. The tests can be taken at any time, or not at all. This means they can be used as a placement to see if the student is ready for the topic or as an end of topic assessment. The comprehensive test, which is longer and would make a good unit review because it contains problems from every topic in the stream.
  • In the lower levels, the answers are entered into the program directly. In the upper levels, there is often a worksheet for the student to print out and work on.

CTCMath vs. Singapore Math

Interested in seeing how CTCMath stacks up with Singapore Math? Click on the image below to see my comparison!

Home School Math Curriculum: CTCMath vs. Singapore Math from Starts At Eight is a comparison of the the two math programs including both similarities and differences and reasons why one or the other might be a good fit as your home school math curriculum.

CTCMath vs. Teaching Textbooks 4.0

App vs. Computer Based

With the new Teaching Textbooks 4.0 being totally app based, both CTCMath and Teaching Textbooks 4.0 are accessed online.

This means you can access both Teaching Textbooks and CTCMath from any computer (OR MOBILE DEVICE) that has Internet access. BUT Teaching Textbooks is app based and you can do up to 6 lessons at a time without the Internet. That means you can easily be mobile, doing math lessons online or offline – without access to the Internet.


While I will not do a cost analysis for you, I will lay out the cost and you can decide for yourself and your family circumstances which is more beneficial.

Teaching Textbooks 4.0 ranges from $43.08 for Math 3 to $67.08 for the advanced math. There is also a Large Family Plan for families with 4 to 8 children using Teaching Textbooks 4.0 for $199.08

The CTCMath membership for 1 homeschooled child per year is $98.50 and for 2+ children is $148.50

Money Back Guarantee

Teaching Textbooks offers FREE access to everyone of their levels. Each 4.0 free trial is a complete version of TT 4.0 program up through Lesson 15. Beyond this they also have a 30 day money back guarantee.

“Although our “official” policy is to require that a product be returned 30 days after a customer begins using it (not 30 days after purchase), TT is committed to customer satisfaction as a company. Therefore, we almost always allow customers to return products well beyond 30 days if it is clear that they have not used them or if it is clear that the product was a bad fit for various reasons, such as the difficulty level was too hard or too easy.” 

CTCMath comes with a 12-month money-back guarantee. No questions asked! Just email CTCMath, and they refund!

Spiral Approach vs. Mastery

Teaching Textbooks takes a spiral approach, meaning concepts are reviewed regularly along the way.

CTCMath uses a mastery approach to math, meaning that the previous topics aren’t reviewed. This type of approach assumes you have mastered the content and can therefore move on.


Teaching Textbooks intended workflow moves the student from one lesson number to the next in chronological order. They recommend this for the sake of building on concepts. However, it is possible for students to move around and not have to do lessons in chronological order. This feature can be accessed in the Parent Portal.

With CTC Math you can schedule assignments (tasks) from your parent portal and they show up in the student dashboard.


Teaching Textbooks is like having a tutor on-demand. There are lectures for every single lesson, as well as detailed audiovisual solutions to every one of the over 30,000 homework problems. Plus there is a free helpline you can call if you’re still stumped (after having watched the solution).

CTCMath has tutorials that last around 4-9 minutes, presenting the concepts of the math lesson step by step. Once answers have been submitted a printable containing the fully worked solutions becomes available.


Teaching Textbooks not only teaches, but grades too! Every single one of the problems in their entire product line has fully automated grading! Teaching Textbooks has instant grading.  This feature allows students to know immediately if they have done a problem incorrectly, as well as how to solve the problem correctly.  This prevents students from practicing incorrectly, which is what would happen if corrected answers were not unlocked until all of the problems were completed.

CTCMath utilizes multiple choice answers that are to cover grading for some of their problems and levels, but also incorporates printed worksheets which must be checked and graded by you or the student.

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