Teaching Textbooks is not new to us but the books have been updated with:
- Automated grading (I enjoyed this feature this past year with the 7th grade book)
- A digital gradebook that can manage multiple student accounts and be easily
edited by a parent (This will be nice if John opts to use this program instead of Saxon)
- Over a dozen more lessons and hundreds of new problems and solutions (enough lessons w/chapter quizzes for 156 days)
- Interactive lectures
- Hints and second chance options for many problems (This works well for Theresa)
- Animated buddies to cheer the student on
- Reference numbers for each problem so students and parents can see where a problem was first introduced (Woo hoo,.... a great addition)
- An index (This will be wonderful as no index drove Theresa and I batty)
- Detailed appendices (general math, geometry and algebra)
The Student Guide and Workbook go hand in hand with the literature being read. The Student Guide provides an introduction to the author and/or work, vocabulary words, comprehension questions, the literary lessons and multiple writing exercises (of varying degrees of difficulty). The Workbook has six types of assignments - exercises related to literary lessons, activities that give the student the opportunity to practice composition skills, thinking skills pages, grammar review, puzzles and extra- challenges.
The Teacher's Guide lays out the lessons for 36 weeks although I see how I can compress them to fit into our 32 week school schedule. It provides an answer key to both comprehension questions and workbook exercises. There is also additional information related to the literary lessons and writing assignments as well as hints for evaluating writing assignments. A bonus are the discussion questions to bring the student thinking above and beyond the comprehension questions and literary lesson.