# Help? My son wants to learn Algebra!

#### sweetbo3boys

Hi! I am fairly new to the site. My son wants to know about Algebra,

and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none of the

sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting

frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie

and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none of the

sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting

frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie

#### the_clevengers

--- In [email protected], "sweetbo3boys"

<sweetbo3boys@y...> wrote:

Number Devil" that my son really enjoyed reading. It's about a boy

who is visited in his dreams by a number devil, who shows him all

sorts of fun ways that numbers interact. It's not purely about

algebra (since that's a fairly artificial construct separating some

types of working with numbers from others) but it does include

sections on stuff like exponents, prime numbers, factorials, the

Fibonnaci sequence, and other stuff. The number devil has funny names

for things (like prime numbers are prima donna numbers) and in

general it's a fun story that explains concepts in graphic ways.

Another story book that involves math that he enjoyed is "The man who

counted."

Blue Skies,

-Robin-

<sweetbo3boys@y...> wrote:

> Hi! I am fairly new to the site. My son wants to know aboutAlgebra,

> and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none of theI don't know about websites, but there's an awesome book called "The

> sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting

> frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

> good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

> Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

> enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie

Number Devil" that my son really enjoyed reading. It's about a boy

who is visited in his dreams by a number devil, who shows him all

sorts of fun ways that numbers interact. It's not purely about

algebra (since that's a fairly artificial construct separating some

types of working with numbers from others) but it does include

sections on stuff like exponents, prime numbers, factorials, the

Fibonnaci sequence, and other stuff. The number devil has funny names

for things (like prime numbers are prima donna numbers) and in

general it's a fun story that explains concepts in graphic ways.

Another story book that involves math that he enjoyed is "The man who

counted."

Blue Skies,

-Robin-

#### [email protected]

In a message dated 4/29/2004 11:33:19 AM Mountain Daylight Time,

tri_mom@... writes:

I tried searching the web, but none of the

Here are some things unschoolers have written or liked:

http://sandradodd.com/math

Sandra

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tri_mom@... writes:

I tried searching the web, but none of the

> sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting============

> frustrated with it all, and said forget it.

Here are some things unschoolers have written or liked:

http://sandradodd.com/math

Sandra

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#### J. Stauffer

A friend of mine has a son that LOVES math and related stuff. He brought

some cut out things to the park the other day and helped the little kids

make 3-D versions of something called dodecahedrons (looked like a soccer

ball to me). A book I heard his mom talking about was "A Gebra named Al".

Don't know anything about it other than that.

Julie S.

some cut out things to the park the other day and helped the little kids

make 3-D versions of something called dodecahedrons (looked like a soccer

ball to me). A book I heard his mom talking about was "A Gebra named Al".

Don't know anything about it other than that.

Julie S.

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From: "sweetbo3boys" <sweetbo3boys@...>

To: <[email protected]>

Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 10:45 AM

Subject: [UnschoolingDiscussion] Help? My son wants to learn Algebra!

> Hi! I am fairly new to the site. My son wants to know about Algebra,

> and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none of the

> sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting

> frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

> good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

> Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

> enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie

>

>

>

>

> "List Posting Policies" are provided in the files area of this group.

>

> Visit the Unschooling website and message boards:

http://www.unschooling.com

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

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>

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>

>

#### Tara

I haven't used it personally, but there is a board game that is

suppose to show young children how to do algebra equations, if that

is what he is wanting. It is called Hands-on Equations and if you do

a search, it should bring it up. I have heard of others using it,

and liking it. I thought that if my son wanted to learn algebra, I

would see if he liked it, he also figures things out through

movement. Peace - Tara

--- In [email protected], "sweetbo3boys"

<sweetbo3boys@y...> wrote:

suppose to show young children how to do algebra equations, if that

is what he is wanting. It is called Hands-on Equations and if you do

a search, it should bring it up. I have heard of others using it,

and liking it. I thought that if my son wanted to learn algebra, I

would see if he liked it, he also figures things out through

movement. Peace - Tara

--- In [email protected], "sweetbo3boys"

<sweetbo3boys@y...> wrote:

> Hi! I am fairly new to the site. My son wants to know aboutAlgebra,

> and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none ofthe

> sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting

> frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

> good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

> Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

> enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie

#### Holly Furgason

I HATE A Gebra Named Al. It's *very* poorly written and the concepts

aren't clearly explained. With editing it might have been a decent

but alas...

My favorite algebra book is The Realm of Algebra by Isaac Asimov.

It's out of print now but you may find it in a large city library or

a university library. I actually copied the whole thing because I

could find only one copy in Houston. There's also a cool toy called

Math Muggins (I think) that a great algebra teaching tool.

I always hated math and took algebra three times and never understood

it. It's only through unschooling myself that I was able to discover

how beautiful it is. Much of my time is spent doing silly math

things such as the dodecahedrons. I even took a bunch of interested

kids over to the tennis court where we drew out the Koenisburg bridge

problem in chalk and tried to solve it by walking it. When they

couldn't, I drew out the proof.

Holly

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--- In [email protected], "J. Stauffer"

<jnjstau@g...> wrote:

aren't clearly explained. With editing it might have been a decent

but alas...

My favorite algebra book is The Realm of Algebra by Isaac Asimov.

It's out of print now but you may find it in a large city library or

a university library. I actually copied the whole thing because I

could find only one copy in Houston. There's also a cool toy called

Math Muggins (I think) that a great algebra teaching tool.

I always hated math and took algebra three times and never understood

it. It's only through unschooling myself that I was able to discover

how beautiful it is. Much of my time is spent doing silly math

things such as the dodecahedrons. I even took a bunch of interested

kids over to the tennis court where we drew out the Koenisburg bridge

problem in chalk and tried to solve it by walking it. When they

couldn't, I drew out the proof.

Holly

2 COOL 4 SCHOOL

Unschooling T-shirts

http://www.cafepress.com/2cool4school

--- In [email protected], "J. Stauffer"

<jnjstau@g...> wrote:

> A friend of mine has a son that LOVES math and related stuff. Hebrought

> some cut out things to the park the other day and helped the littlekids

> make 3-D versions of something called dodecahedrons (looked like asoccer

> ball to me). A book I heard his mom talking about was "A Gebranamed Al".

> Don't know anything about it other than that.Algebra!

>

> Julie S.

> ----- Original Message -----

> From: "sweetbo3boys" <sweetbo3boys@y...>

> To: <[email protected]>

> Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 10:45 AM

> Subject: [UnschoolingDiscussion] Help? My son wants to learn

>Algebra,

>

> > Hi! I am fairly new to the site. My son wants to know about

> > and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none ofthe

> > sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up gettinggroup.

> > frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

> > good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

> > Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

> > enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie

> >

> >

> >

> >

> > "List Posting Policies" are provided in the files area of this

> >

> > Visit the Unschooling website and message boards:

> http://www.unschooling.com

> > Yahoo! Groups Links

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

#### Holly Furgason

Love both of those books!

--- In [email protected], "the_clevengers"

<tri_mom@c...> wrote:

--- In [email protected], "the_clevengers"

<tri_mom@c...> wrote:

> I don't know about websites, but there's an awesome bookcalled "The

> Number Devil" that my son really enjoyed reading. It's about a boynames

> who is visited in his dreams by a number devil, who shows him all

> sorts of fun ways that numbers interact. It's not purely about

> algebra (since that's a fairly artificial construct separating some

> types of working with numbers from others) but it does include

> sections on stuff like exponents, prime numbers, factorials, the

> Fibonnaci sequence, and other stuff. The number devil has funny

> for things (like prime numbers are prima donna numbers) and inwho

> general it's a fun story that explains concepts in graphic ways.

> Another story book that involves math that he enjoyed is "The man

> counted."

>

> Blue Skies,

> -Robin-

#### pam sorooshian

On Apr 29, 2004, at 8:45 AM, sweetbo3boys wrote:

Brace Co.) and part of the Mighty Math series. You'll have to dig

around, it isn't new, but I'm pretty sure it is still available and it

is great!

-pam

National Home Education Network

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Serving the entire homeschooling community since 1999

through information, networking and public relations.

> Hi! I am fairly new to the site. My son wants to know about Algebra,Astro Algebra -- a computer "Edutainment" cd - from Edmark (Harcourt

> and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none of the

> sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting

> frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

> good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

> Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

> enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie

Brace Co.) and part of the Mighty Math series. You'll have to dig

around, it isn't new, but I'm pretty sure it is still available and it

is great!

-pam

National Home Education Network

<www.NHEN.org>

Serving the entire homeschooling community since 1999

through information, networking and public relations.

#### pam sorooshian

I remembered something else <G> -- Algebra Unplugged - a book "about"

algebra, not an algebra instruction book. Readable.

I second Isaac Asimov's "Realm of Algebra." I have a copy I found in a

thrift store (it is old and fragile and much beloved). <G>.

-pam

algebra, not an algebra instruction book. Readable.

I second Isaac Asimov's "Realm of Algebra." I have a copy I found in a

thrift store (it is old and fragile and much beloved). <G>.

-pam

On Apr 29, 2004, at 11:47 PM, pam sorooshian wrote:

>

> On Apr 29, 2004, at 8:45 AM, sweetbo3boys wrote:

>

>> Hi! I am fairly new to the site. My son wants to know about Algebra,

>> and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none of the

>> sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting

>> frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

>> good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

>> Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

>> enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie

>

> Astro Algebra -- a computer "Edutainment" cd - from Edmark (Harcourt

> Brace Co.) and part of the Mighty Math series. You'll have to dig

> around, it isn't new, but I'm pretty sure it is still available and it

> is great!

>

> -pam

>

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#### Mark and Rheta Wallingford

Have you tried http://www.gnarlymath.com/news/gnews1_1.html It's a

website that supposed to introduce math and algebra in a fun way.

Rheta

From: "sweetbo3boys" <sweetbo3boys@...>

Subject: Help? My son wants to learn Algebra!

Hi! I am fairly new to the site. My son wants to know about Algebra,

and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none of the

sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting

frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie<<

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website that supposed to introduce math and algebra in a fun way.

Rheta

>>Message: 9Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 15:45:15 -0000

From: "sweetbo3boys" <sweetbo3boys@...>

Subject: Help? My son wants to learn Algebra!

Hi! I am fairly new to the site. My son wants to know about Algebra,

and I never did Algebra. I tried searching the web, but none of the

sites I pulled up interested him, and he just ended up getting

frustrated with it all, and said forget it. Does anyone know of a

good site for an 11 year old boy who is just curious about what

Algebra is, and is simple enough for a more kinestetic learner to

enjoy? Thank you so much! - Angie<<

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