I finally published the first book in the Doodles Do Algebra series and it is now available on Amazon.
To Celebrate, You can get it Free Today, September 19, on Amazon!
Get the book here: Starting Out With Mental Algebra, Book 1 of Doodles Do Algebra
What Is In This Book? This book includes the student workpages, teacher’s notes, and answer key. Unlike most curricula for homeschooling that seems to include teacher’s notes as an afterthought, this series is focused heavily on notes to the teacher. We provide alternatives for teaching each lesson so that you can adjust the material to fit your child. No matter how your child learns and understands math best, we have a suggestion.
How Much Of Algebra Is Covered In This Book? 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.
The entire series of lessons covers Algebra I and Algebra II as well as advanced topics most children today don’t learn until college.
Why Is Mental Math The First Step? The Doodles Do Algebra series is based on the teaching methodology and sequence that teachers used in the 1700’s and 1800’s in America, a style of teaching that led to some of the smartest and greatest thinkers our country has known. I developed this math book for my own kids, who learn in completely different ways from each other. It worked wonderfully for them, so hopefully it will work for your child too.
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.
A Lesson A Day Is The Best 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.
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.