We have been using materials from The Critical Thinking Co. for a while now. We especially love their Building Thinking Skills books and the Mind Benders Series. I didn't even know they had materials for mathematics until I was offered this review.
Balance Math Teaches Algebra is a visual approach to teaching algebra. Using balance scales, students are taught using an intuitive, visual, and entertaining way to master fundamental algebraic concepts. The book moves from simple to complex, requiring that each concept is mastered as it is necessary and applied in new learning. Since the problems use a puzzle-like approach, students maintain interest and build confidence~ all while developing the fundamentals of algebra!
I really appreciated how simply the book was laid out. Problems are easy to see and understand. Hints are offered in the sidebar. Solutions are in the back. I personally loved algebra as a child. I thought of it exactly as the book presents it: a series of puzzles to be solved. Although I loved the subject, I didn't have a clue how I was going to teach it. This book is so clear-cut and obvious, it almost made me feel like I was cheating!
WHAT DID MY PRODUCT TESTER THINK?
|I really liked this book because it was like I was solving puzzles and it wasn't like I was learning math at all.|
Balance Math Teaches Algebra is available on The Critical Thinking Company website for $14.99. As mentioned above the company offers many other products for all age and ability levels from pre-kindergarten to adult.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Group, I received Balance Math Teaches Algebra for free in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.