Math comes easy to many, but that is not always the case. Especially when it comes to adding in letters with the numbers like in Algebra. This has been a topic that Moe Man has struggled with many times, and I think we found a winner when we started No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials.
No-Nonsense Algebra is a full Algebra curriculum that can be used alone or as a supplement to your current Algebra curriculum. There are 10 Chapters in the textbook with a total of 95 lessons and a Chapter Review at the end of each chapter. There is also a Final Review, multiple helper sheets in the back of the book and all the solutions. To go along with the textbook, you have access to corresponding videos online to help your child learn each lesson.
We started this curriculum with the idea that Moe Man would be able to use this as a supplement to his current Algebra, only he fell in love with this and asked if he could use just this for his math. I didn’t want to argue at all, especially with him and math!
We start each day with an introduction to the lesson. This introduction gives us the information and terms that we need for the lesson. It also includes Helpful Hints that you use during the lesson.
After the introduction, we pull up the corresponding video and work through the examples with the teacher. This was a great tool for Moe Man. Having the problem worked out and writing the steps down with the teacher helped him plant it in his mind.
Following the video lesson and examples, we get a good handful of exercises to practice our new skills with. All of the problems just focus on the new skill learned, and nothing extra to make Moe Man confused. There are not too many problems to bore us, but enough to make sure that the skill has been mastered. I didn’t make Moe Man do all the problems every time. When I saw that the skill was mastered early on, I would allow him to skip the last couple, but only if he had the skill mastered.
Finishing up our lesson was 4 simple review problems. These were just enough of these to make sure the previous skills were still mastered.
We were very impressed by this curriculum. The lessons were the perfect length. Moe Man loved that they focused on one skill and one skill only. He needs the mastery for his learning style and this is just that for him! He loved that there were corresponding videos that walked him through the lessons step by step. This made it easy for him to understand.
I was impressed with the quality of the lessons. It felt like was back in Algebra class with a teacher walking me through the steps. Having this available to him made me happy. There is no extra “fluff” in any of this and just he needs to focus on. My only complaint, I don’t see a No-Nonsense Geometry on their site!