- Series: Mastering Essential Math Skills
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Math Essentials; First edition (August 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984362991
- ISBN-13: 978-0984362998
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 125 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No-Nonsense Algebra: Part of the Mastering Essential Math Skills Series Paperback – August 8, 2011
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Award-winning teacher and author, Richard W. Fisher, shares his dynamic teaching style with students. Winner of the Intel Innovations in Teaching Award, Fisher knows what it takes for students to master Algebra. The easy-to-follow text combined with the online tutorial videos, make No-Nonsense Algebra a can't miss approach to mastering algebra.
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We are on to the second quarter, and he is doing so well. On units that are easy for him, we do one unit per day. On more difficult units, we spread it out to two days. Rarely, we'll spread it out to a third day. He's doing great. This book cannot be more simple, organized and straight-forward. It's not too easy, it is regular algebra, but there are no frills to distract or confuse. A couple of times we ran into their way looking different than our way, which we thought was easier (like greatest common factor, in unit one-review), so we did it our way. All the answers are in the back of the book so I can check his math work. They give you a website log-in with every book, so you can access their website for help or contact them, but we haven't had to use it. If you're a parent who doesn't know algebra, this will probably help a lot. :)
If he comes to a section that's a new concept or difficult for him, I'll sit down with him and we'll do the problems together but on our own separate papers. I'll say, ok what do we do next? And if he doesn't know that step, I'll explain it as I do it, and he listens and works the math problem as I guide him, explaining each step and why we're doinf it, and on the next problem I'll ask "what do we do next?" And he quickly gets it and tells me as he goes. Then we'll check our answers to see if we are right. That way, if he gets stuck, I know exactly where and why, and I can help him before he has a chance to feel overwhelmed or get upset.
This book could easily be spread out between two grade years. It would be perfect to start at 8th grade and go through 9th grade. Just count the number of total lessons in the book, divide the total school days (180 per year) by the number of lessons and you'll get how many school days you can spend on each lesson. Now that we're out of review and into straight algebra, one lesson per day is starting to look too rushed. They need lots of practice to get to know it like the back of their hand.
Every unit has lessons. The lessons have a page that explains the concept in words, then gives several examples. It's best to write the examples and tell yourself what they're doing while working it our yourself as you read it. Then you're ready to practice! AND at the end of each lesson, there are 4 review problems at the bottom on past lessons so they don't get rusty on past concepts but it's not overwhelming.
I JUST CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GREAT THINGS!
and practical application it was confusing. I understand trying to get students
to see how math is applied to everyday life, but there was so much of that and not
enough review of concepts then you would get the whole summary at the end it
did not work for my daughters shorter focus.
We needed to get to the core formulas of math and
practice. In choosing this curriculum, No nonsense Algebra, My daughter read the reviews and we watched the
a few sample videos. She chose this curriculum over MUS and Saxon. For MUS , seeing
the instructor was a visual distraction for her, where in this curriculum
hearing the instructor's voice is fine for her. Also, the practice
problems are not as long as Saxon. With FLVS each concept
was in its own module, without daily review of concepts learned before. If the concepts weren't building
or sequential, she would forget what was learned in the beginning modules.Review was up to the student.
Or for final exam time, a big final review.
This curriculum is a good
"middle ground" for her. She likes the NO fluff, getting down
to using the formulas , working problems, and just enough review to keep her
remembering the concepts from one problem to the next.
She watches the video each day and so far gets the concepts, and
has liked being independent
asking for help when needed. I am glad this curriculum was recommended to
us by our tutor in Classical Conversations.