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Subject: pre-algebra workbook recommendation?
Date Posted: 12/18/2007 6:51 PM ET
Member Since: 11/10/2006
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I posted this in the teacher's forum, but thought you all might know, too... My son is in 7th grade pre-algebra and doesn't seem to really get it. It's very frustrating, because he has been doing really well in math until now. He's working really hard to barely earn a C in the class. When we try to go over the homework, he guesses at answers and doesn't seem to retain the lesson. I don't think his textbook has enough examples and his teacher moves either too slow (in which case my son gets bored and stops paying attention) or too fast (in which case the same thing happens!). My husband and I want to get a book or workbook to teach him at home. (We both have math backgrounds and I tutored math all through high school and college.) Any recommendations?

Thanks, Lorien

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 10:47 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2007
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You might find some free printables here- some of the sites are targeted specifically for upper math classes:


Date Posted: 12/19/2007 11:44 AM ET
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Lorien -

We used Key to Algebra before we started officially learning algebra.  It was recommended by the moderator on the Singapore Math board.  There are 10 workbooks on a newsprint type paper and you can also get answers.  The workbooks made it seem more friendly to my son and he loved doing them.  Then when we got to his textbook, many of the ideas and concepts were familar to him.  It is available many places including Rainbow Resources. 

Good Luck!


Date Posted: 12/20/2007 4:16 AM ET
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I also recommend Key to Algebra.

You can find it at www.cbd.com



Date Posted: 12/20/2007 12:04 PM ET
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Thanks, I'll check out the books!