The first three Doodles Do Algebra books in this unique curriculum series, covering pre-algebra through division of polynomials, are now available in a paperback form. The books are printed on 8.5 by 11 inch paper so that your child has plenty of room to write and the text is large enough to easily read.
Topics Covered in Starting Out With Mental Algebra (Book 1)
This first in the Doodles Do Algebra series is focused on Mental Math and is designed as the first step to learning Algebra for your child. The philosophy is focused on helping your child to think about abstracting and grouping items in order to make calculations of cost, price, age, and amount.
The concept of the unknown, or typically x, is introduced at the end of this book and will be the first topic in the next book in the series.
Topics Covered in Starting Out With Mental Algebra (Book 2)
- Using Unknowns to Add
- Multiplying and Unknowns
- Unknowns and ‘Less Than’ (Subtraction)
- Using The Unknown To Solve A Simple Word Problem
- Solving For The Unknown
- Solving for X
- Algebra Vocabulary & Definition of a Quantity
- Magnitude Versus Multitude
- Measuring Units & Units of Measure
- Concrete and Unencumbered Numbers
- Theorems & Problems
- Known Versus Unknown Quantities
- Reviewing The Signs
- Numerical Coefficients
- Literal Coefficients
- Calculating Powers
- Roots & How To Calculate Them
- What is a Monomial
- Recognizing Polynomials
- Homogeneous Algebra
This second book in the Doodles Do Algebra series teaches the concept of the unknown and then covers the basic vocabulary of algebra (called the 29 Articles). The concept of the unknown, or typically x, is introduced at the start of the book as a transition between the mental math your child did in the first book and the abstract vocabulary in the second part of this book that is necessary for your child to really become proficient with algebra.
One of the first steps of algebra is getting your child thinking about basic concepts and doing problems, mostly in their head instead of on paper. This idea is much like having a child learn to play piano first by playing a scale, or a small memorized tune, without having to manage reading notes, counting, and playing all at once. It will give your child a sense of accomplishment to jump straight into solving problems successfully before backing up to learn the theory and vocabulary.
Learning the vocabulary is a combination of memorizing a few definitions (we do it in the form of small poems that are easy to remember) and understanding other terms by solving some problems with them (for instance the concept of power).
Topics Covered in Starting Out With Mental Algebra (Book 3)
- Evaluating Equations
- Writing Equations
- Algebraic Addition (of both positive and negative terms)
- Algebraic Subtraction
- Distributive Property of Multiplication
- Commutative Property of Multiplication
- Multiplication of both monomials and polynomials
- Division of monomials
- Long Division of Polynomials
This third book in the Doodles Do Algebra series teaches your child how to evaluate equations followed by a comprehensive tour through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of monomials and polynomials, including long division of polynomials. This leads the way towards factoring and fractions, followed by learning to solve
How To Use These Books
Step 1: Read the teacher’s notes for the lesson for the day (this is in the back of the book, and includes the answer key)
Step 2: Either give your child a verbal overview of the lesson or work through the explanation of the lesson at the start of each day’s lesson page (this is the part in the speech bubble for that day’s lesson)
Step 3: Let your child complete the lesson on his or her own and bring you the answers written on a separate page, or work through the lesson questions with your child. This depends on your child’s age and ability to work independently. The curriculum works well either way.
Each lesson is meant to be done in one day and is designed to be flexible. If your child understands right away, then encourage them and move on. If, however, your child doesn’t understand a topic, then I provide alternative teaching methods for you to try in the teacher’s guide section at the end of this book. If you still have trouble helping your child, please contact me at www.TeachMeBetter.org and I will help you, free of charge. The lessons are laid out in a fashion that allows your child to work independently as much as possible. You generally need to spend a few minutes with your child prior to any independent work in order to set the stage for the day’s learning.
Depending on your child’s age and ability to work independently, you may feel most comfortable working through the entire lesson each day with your child. I have found with my own kids that on some days they really want to work by themselves, and on others they really want to do the lesson together. This curriculum is designed to handle both scenarios and allows you to be completely flexible.
The Approach Answers The Question We All Hear: “Why Do I Have To Learn This?”
All of us, at one time or another, have asked, “But why do I have to know this?” This curriculum is designed to eliminate those questions. Children begin solving real life problems that get progressively harder, perhaps even pushing your own limits of concentration but I guarantee your child will breeze through the material. At the end of this book, we introduce the concept of the unknown as a way to keep track of the bits and parts of a problem. Then your child will fully understand why they are learning algebra, not just how to do the problems.
Curricula Designed For Both Independent Learning Or Working With You, Whatever Is Best For Your Child.
The lessons are laid out in a fashion that allows your child to work independently as much as possible. You generally need to spend a few minutes with your child prior to any independent work in order to set the stage for the day’s learning. Depending on your child’s age and ability to work independently, you may feel most comfortable working through the entire lesson each day with your child. I have found with my own kids that on some days they really want to work by themselves, and on others they really want to do the lesson together. This curriculum is designed to handle both scenarios and allows you to be completely flexible.
Where Can I Purchase?
Amazon.com carries all our books in both paperback, and kindle ebook versions.
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