Kira has always been a bit behind when it came to math. Much like me, Kira tends to excel in English/Creative Writing, and math seems to always be a little bit harder. This year, starting 8th grade, has changed that. We were excited to receive No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials. It was wonderful to know it included video lessons taught by Richard W. Fisher.
With the curriculum I have set in place for Kira’s 8th grade lesson plan, we had Pre-Algebra set as the level Kira was ready to move forward with. She also has been using online aides, and is well past pre-Algebra, and is amidst Algebra I. I knew that No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials would be the perfect supplement to help affirm her lesson plans, and only strengthen Kira’s math skills.
The minute No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials arrived, Kira began to read it. Mind you, this was after her school day had finished, (Her father brings the mail in each day when he comes home) when she is normally reading for fun or, most likely, drawing. At first glance, Kira was EXTREMELY nervous. Kira expressed that these were all similar to the previous math problems that she was struggling with. Nonetheless, Kira was excited for the opportunity to unlock the mystery that was Algebra!
Each day, without fail, Kira went for the No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials first. This is always a good sign. Kira set a personal goal of two lessons per day. Mind you, I have a very lax homeschool style. I do not force more than what is required legally, but Kira, however, sets personal goals. Providing they are never unrealistic, we allow her to do so. It was wonderful to also know that it included video lessons taught by Richard W. Fisher. However, Kira never needed to use them!
As of right now, Kira is up to lesson four of chapter four within No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials. Kira has expressed how excited she was to finally take end of chapter reviews and actually get all of the answers correct. Compared to previously, this was quite an accomplishment and had helped build Kira’s own confidence in math!
The simple fact that No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials along with the video lessons taught by Richard W. Fisher, iterating that the student should work through each example on their own, is what made the difference for Kira. Never before had any of our lesson plans suggested this. I personally had never even thought of it myself.
Now, Kira says that math is fun, and getting easier for her! Her improved test scores throughout her regularly scheduled lesson plans serve as proof that No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials was the perfect supplement!