Thread: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
03-14-2011, 06:54 PM #1
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Just curious if anyone uses these textbooks? They have history,social studies, math, reading, health, art, science, and language arts. They are the textbooks used when my son was in public school. they are secular. You can find them used at pretty good prices. Just curious if anyone uses them as spine?
03-14-2011, 07:26 PM #2
Be careful with the math. Their math is based on Everyday Math (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr1qee-bTZI) part of the New Math initiative. In the younger grades anyway. The Florida version is called Go! Math Florida.
Otherwise, I've no problem with anything by this company.
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03-14-2011, 07:32 PM #3
And TERC Investigations. It would not let me edit to add this. Watch the video to see TERC and Everyday Math in action.Crazy Gothic mommy to one graduate and one freshman. I am a digital artist who would love to do your custom piece. See my profile for link.
03-14-2011, 09:24 PM #4
03-14-2011, 10:53 PM #5
As a former history teacher, I also have a pretty low opinion of their history textbooks that I've seen in the past.
There are some exceptions, of course, but I think generally homeschoolers don't tend to use many materials published by the large school textbook publishers because...
1. The materials are gears toward teaching a large class, not individual kids.
2. Most homeschoolers are trying to get away from the methods the schools use.
3. Many of the textbooks are greatly influenced by political initiatives over sound research and educational thinking - such as with the "new new math" that Everyday Math typifies and the Texas school boards that drive so much of the history textbooks.Disclaimer: Everything I'm saying is just my own opinion, based on my own experiences teaching and with my own kids and my own life. You should just ignore me if I'm annoying you. I don't mind.
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03-14-2011, 11:17 PM #6
i've not had many troubles at all with public school texts, I just modify certain things to fit us rather than a group situation. With my DH being a physics teacher, I get many textbooks from his colleagues and I can say, fairly, that as long as you put the effort into it, you can modify them easily and without detracting from the core of the learning. It's just the math I am leery about due to the heavy influence of the TERC and Everyday Math bit.Crazy Gothic mommy to one graduate and one freshman. I am a digital artist who would love to do your custom piece. See my profile for link.
03-14-2011, 11:23 PM #7
I have only used their 6th grade science with the lesson plans from Kolbe Academy. My son is liking it. Fairly well done over all for a textbook. I'm not a huge fan of elementary textbooks in general, but I'll probably reuse this one. (vs saying good riddance at the end of the year and selling pronto. . )
03-15-2011, 10:13 AM #8