This book starts with a pre-algebra review, and progresses through the ins and outs of Algebra. Included with the book are free online video tutorials to help your child get the most out of this complete Algebra book.
For this review, we received one physical copy.
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The pages have easy to understand and read instructions. There's no flashy stuff to distract your student. It's very straight forward. There's not a ton of empty space for use as a workspace, so you may need some scratch paper.
I had Mr. B work on these first few lessons more because he had some issues with it. We used the included online video tutorial, and then I just hand wrote out some more problems for him to do to try and get more practice in. I wanted to make sure the "easy" stuff was solidly mastered before moving on.
I thought I'd show some from the middle of the book, as well. This way you can see a little more. Each lesson is presented the same way. There's your actual lesson part, then the review. Some of this is very new to Mr. B, so I had him work at a slower pace at the start in order to lay down a solid foundation. You can see there is ample instruction and samples to see. Each lesson builds on the next, and your child reviews previous material all through the lessons.
I really like these tid bits of encouragement or useful tips. These are interspersed throughout the book. It's a nice addition that allows your student to stop and pause, and think about what they are doing, and how. I can see these helpful hints being useful across the spectrum on schoolwork, not just with this subject and product.
Does Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
This a physical book, so there's no time constraints that you'd find with a fully online program. I would not skip ahead at all because the lessons build upon each other. It would be very easy to skip ahead if your child has already mastered Pre-Algebra.
This is good for middle and high school levels, or even as a refresher before college algebra. I know this would have been very useful for me when I went back to school after a number of years away from the classroom. There are no hidden fees.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
The name says it all, "No-Nonsense." There's nothing flashy or extravagant that could clutter to pages, or be a distraction. Lessons are pretty short. Mr. B can do a lesson in 15 minutes or so. As far as boring and engaging, there's no game like feel or anything like that.
This is simply just Algebra.
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