# Homeschool Math Curriculum: Teaching Textbooks vs. CTC Math

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.

In our many years of homeschooling I have used a multitude of math programs. Depending and 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:

- CTC Math {
*I received a CTC Math membership as part of this review and I was compensated for my time in writing it. All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}* - Teaching Textbooks
- Math Mammoth
- Singapore Math
- A+ Interactive Math
- Khan Academy
- Mr. D Math
- iPractice Math

Most recently we have been using CTC Math as our homeschool math curriculum for 2 out of 3 of our children: my 4th grader and my senior both used it this year.

## About CTC Math

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. This school year I opted to use CTC Math for my oldest who was going to tackle Pre-Calculus.

A CTC Math membership allows you to enroll up to 10 children in their online math program, for ONE LOW COST!

### Other Features of CTC Math

- has math for all levels from Kindergarten through Calculus (high school)
- video based lessons with audio instructions for the comprehension questions
- self-paced
- 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.

## CTC Math vs. Teaching Textbooks

### Online vs. Computer Based

The CTC Math membership is accessed online and Teaching Textbooks is disc based.

What this means is that you can access your CTC Math from any computer that has Internet access while Teaching Textbooks is loaded and used on only one computer. (We used a lap top for our daughter when she used this so she could take it with her places.)

### Cost

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.

The CTC Math membership for 1 homeschooled child per year is $78.80 and for 2+ children is $118.80

Teaching Textbooks ranges from around $100 for Math to $185 for the advanced math. It is cheaper if you only buy the cds and not the paper books (which by the way are the same exact material as the cds and not really necessary.)

### Spiral Approach vs. Mastery

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

Teaching Textbooks takes a spiral approach – so concepts are reviewed and repeated regularly along the way.

### Flexibility of Levels

With a CTC Math membership you have access to all the math levels and can move ahead or behind as needed.

With Teaching Textbooks you purchase one whole level at a time.

### Assignments

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

Teaching Textbooks does not have an assignment feature, you simple work for one lesson number to the next in chronological order.

### Video Content

Both math programs utilize audio (voice) based lessons with images, and problems worked out on the screen as the instructions are being vocalized.

## Get CTC Math for Your Homeschool

**CTC Math membership** is an affordable homeschool math curriculum option for homeschool families.

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colleen

Aug 10, 2016 @ 16:45:31

we love ctc math. for us it was much easier to use then teaching textbooks, and with having a special needs child , I can go back and forth if need be.

Col

Aug 14, 2016 @ 19:34:08

Thanks for the great article. I tried to click though the free trial but it’s returning a message – page not found. Your help much appreciated

Heidi

Aug 15, 2016 @ 08:26:34

Sorry about that! Thanks for letting me know. I have updated the link to a working one.

Karen Buck

Aug 17, 2016 @ 08:40:19

I’ve been checking out CTC and hearing mixed reviews about its completeness as a high school course. We need to accomplish Algebra 2 this year with my math-reluctant junior…do you think it stands alone as a program for high school, or is it a better tutor/supplement?

Heidi

Aug 17, 2016 @ 18:24:29

Karen, similar things have been said about Teaching Textbooks (being a year behind, not rigorous enough, etc.). I feel that especially with a reluctant student you need to do what works. We used Teaching Textbooks with my oldest (now graduated) from pre-Algebra and up and she had no issues with the placement exams she needed to take for college. I feel the same about CTC. She actually used CTC for pre-Calculus in her senior year and I felt it was plenty strong enough to stand alone. This might not be the case for a student who is math strong and looking to enter a math heavy program in college (although I can’t speak to that), but I definitely feel it is a plenty solid enough math program to use alone.

Crystal

Aug 25, 2016 @ 09:48:54

We use both 🙂 the kids love it and it fun to change and listen to the australian accent 🙂

susanhomeschooling

Sep 01, 2016 @ 10:43:15

It was so helpful that you compared it to Teaching Textbooks, which is what I use. It sounds like CTC is a great math curriculum.

tablelifeblog

Sep 01, 2016 @ 17:26:52

We’ve never used Teaching Textbooks, but I’m currently using CTC with my youngest for kindergarten math. We’ve been thrilled with CTC thus far, but it’s great to have some comparison points for Teaching Textbooks to look at later on!

Dana Irwin

May 20, 2017 @ 17:05:00

If you took away the cost factor and focused more on content of the lessons and problems, which do you like better Teaching Textbooks or CTC?

Heidi

May 23, 2017 @ 09:14:19

We have always preferred Teaching Textbooks.

Michelle Farmer

Oct 14, 2017 @ 10:27:52

Thank you so much for the extensive comparison. I have been at a quandary concerning one of my child who is dyslexic and possibly dysgraphia. I think we tried CTC for awhile and she did like it but she forgets her steps easily and I found there was not enough review for her. I have thought about A+ but not sure how that compares to CTC. I would love to know your comparison on those two.

Heidi

Oct 16, 2017 @ 15:26:28

When it comes to choosing a math program I would choose something that she can functionally understand and the has the right process for her to learn. If you need to add in review and extra problems, once she as learned the concept through whatever program you choose, adding in the review using something else shouldn’t be a huge deal. As it as has been a VERY long time since I have used A+, I’m not sure I can give you a great comparison.

Charissa

Nov 09, 2017 @ 15:17:41

How do you feel ctc and tt compete in difficulty level (comparing equal grades)? My kids are in Singapore math which tends to be ahead. Not sure what level to put my 7th grader in if I decide to switch her.

Heidi

Nov 09, 2017 @ 18:33:57

Charissa, all of my children did Singapore Math in the elementary years before we move on to Teaching Textbooks. Each one of them (struggling learner or lover of math) started one year ahead in TT. For instance, my now 6th grader who just started TT this year is doing 7th Grade. I highly recommend you take the placement tests that TT provides to decide where to start your children.

Emily Lomuscio

Dec 23, 2017 @ 19:28:20

Is CTC math only for children or can adults benefit using it for refresher or to refresh to help children in brick and mortar school?

Heidi

Dec 26, 2017 @ 13:42:30

I wouldn’t say CTC Math is just for children. You could definitely use it as an adult refresher!

Katie

Feb 24, 2018 @ 11:47:29

Does CTC math have an accompanying book available?

Heidi

Feb 27, 2018 @ 16:23:52

I don’t know that they have a book. However, following each math tutorial there are interactive questions or an optional printable worksheet which test the understanding of key concepts. There is also a printable one page summary of each tutorial that provides the student with concise and complete notes from the math tutorial.

Robin

Mar 17, 2018 @ 07:44:34

Sounds similar to Aleks math. How would you compare the two?

Heidi

Mar 19, 2018 @ 10:45:42

Unfortunately I have never used Aleks so I cannot compare them for you.

Susie

Apr 01, 2018 @ 11:55:03

We love Beast Academy Math. It teaches kids to really learn how to think. It’s amazing!

Heidi

Apr 02, 2018 @ 08:27:40

I have never heard of Beast Academy Math. Thank you for sharing!