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    #100512 04/26/11 06:29 PM
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    What would be a good book on beginning Algebra for DS8? He has had some algebra on ALEKS, and he likes to play with my Algebra textbooks, but unfortunately those start with Intermediate and I'd like to take him back to the start first. Not only for his education, but so that I can start over again as well! It's been a long time....

    I want something quirky, fun, but good, if that's possible.

    Nautigal #100514 04/26/11 06:55 PM
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    The Life of Fred series has Beginning, Intermediate and PreAlgebra books: http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html


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    Originally Posted by Nautigal
    I want something quirky, fun, but good, if that's possible.

    Three books (Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus) in the Easy Way Series by Douglas Downing may fit the bill. You can buy each of them for about $4 used on Amazon.


    "To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle." - George Orwell
    LDmom #100526 04/26/11 08:25 PM
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    Forgot to add Art of Problem Solving. Introduction to Algebra: I am not sure if he'll find it "fun" fun. But I think it'll be "challenging" fun for a math-intuitive child.

    Nautigal #100527 04/26/11 08:31 PM
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    Definitely check out the LIfe of Fred series if you want quirky and fun.

    The Key to Algebra workbooks are self-explanatory and introduce most of the topics of Algebra 1 at a very basic level. Not so much fun, but my dd enjoyed them.

    AOPS is way challenging. I think you can pop on Alcumus (their online database of questions) and check out for yourself if your child would find them fun or not. DD11 is doing AOPS now, but is glad she had some foundational algebra before she started.

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    Jacobs Algebra is great for younger kids.

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    Originally Posted by LDmom
    The Life of Fred series has Beginning, Intermediate and PreAlgebra books: http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html

    Oh my goodness, is that the Stanley Schmidt of science fiction? I have a rejection letter from him, from about twenty years ago!

    Must check that out.

    *Edited to add: not the same Stanley Schmidt. Oh well.

    Thanks for all the tips, guys!

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