Understanding Pre-Algebra is suggested for Middle School students in grades 6-8.
Lauren is just now finishing up her sixth grade year.
I was confident that she was ready start the pre-algebra material from The Critical Thinking Co.™.
The Understanding Pre-Algebra book is a hefty softcover book (442 pages) that combines instructional materials and practice problems in one volume. Each chapter has a chapter review exercise that could be used as a test, and the book includes a final examination covering all the material presented in the book.
I hope the girls develop better critical thinking after they finish the book!
Raine, on the other hand, liked the word problems that were like logic puzzles (which both girls adore). It's meant to be a complete, full-year curriculum for grades 6 to 8, and I think we can use this next year, either as a supplement to our main Math curriculum, or as the main book.
Math hasn't been going down easy lately here at the HP Academy, so it was a pleasure to have the girls eager to work on this book.
"I like the tips for remembering stuff," says Raine.
It's so much easier to write down your solutions than type them, and studies show that you do learn more by handwriting rather than typing.
I decided to print out all the pages in one go so there wouldn't be issues with pagination, and so I could just have it all bound in one book.