Some people cringe when they see the word “algebra”. Others get a little giddy. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials could be a great asset to your child’s education. That includes all methods of schooling… homeschool, public, and private.
You can use it as a full Algebra curriculum, as a supplement to your current curriculum, or even as a review.
That being said, it is designed to be a full algebra curriculum.
What to expect with No-Nonsense Algebra
Okay, let’s just get down to the nitty gritty right away. What do you get if you buy this curriculum?
You will get the book pictured above. In the book is an access code so you can watch the lessons online. The online video lessons are included with the price of the book (which is $28.95, by the way).
The book is almost 300 pages of algebra. Each lesson begins by explaining the current topic, then it gives example problems, then you will have exercises to do to practice what you have learned, and finally, review problems (so you don’t forget what you’ve already learned). This is essentially what your homeschool math will look like if you are using it as a full curriculum.
There are also chapter review pages at the end of each chapter, which you could use as a test. And, a final review at the very end of the text, which of course could be used as a final exam.
The last 50 pages or so of the book contains a glossary of terms, formulas, symbols, multiplication table, commonly used prime numbers table, squares and square roots table, fraction/decimal equivalents, and step by step solutions to all the problems in the book.
The lessons are all explained in a way that is understandable. The teacher doesn’t talk over your child’s head (or yours!).
The book is a textbook, not a workbook. So you will need paper and pencil to complete all the problems on a separate sheet. This also gives you the opportunity to use this with multiple children!
What are we doing with it?
My oldest is done with Algebra I, so she used it as review for getting ready for Algebra II.
If you are using it as a review, I would suggest you randomly pick a lesson or two to “test” what your student retained. I would also suggest your student be honest with her/himself and think back to what topics were the most difficult. Then she/he can do the No-Nonsense Algebra lessons that correspond with those topics.
Next year, I think my middle child will be using this curriculum as his full algebra curriculum. I’m still debating that, though, because we do like our current Algebra program quite a bit.
He will begin by watching the video online. Once he has watched the lesson video online, he can begin the lesson pages in the book. He will just go in order… so he will read the lesson instructions/explanations, read the example problems, and then work the exercise problems and review problems.
I don’t think that will be too torturous for him. ;)
My kids aren’t huge math fans. Both of my older kids seem to enjoy language arts the most. Math is just something they have to do because it is required of them. I think this book will help to ease that pain a bit.
I think he will like that the lessons won’t take long! There are no distractions in this book. No crazy drawings. No side stories. Just algebra. This is great for both the child that gets easily distracted and the child that just wants to get math over with!
Have you ever seen this book? Have you used it? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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