Introducing algebra is nearly petrifying for me, and I know I’m not the only homeschool parent that feels this way. So get ready for a breath of fresh air with Algebra for Breakfast! It’s a fun, online math enrichment program, designed to take the mystery out of algebra and give kids the excitement of conquering what is so hard for so many.
This program consists of three components:
- Online video lessons. Each lesson has a video (some have two) that is short, around 10-15 minutes. Teacher Bob introduces a new concept to the student, and demonstrates with manipulatives (where applicable). He teaches in a classroom with children, so you will see him interacting with those students.
- Printable worksheets. Each lesson comes with a PDF for the student (sometimes two) to practice what they were just taught.
- Physical tools. These include math manipulative pieces and math dice.
You can read (and watch a video) on how Algebra For Breakfast works HERE.
How We Use It
Every day (or two) we log in to our account and click on the next lesson in the series. I usually scroll to the bottom of the page and print out the PDF worksheet first. We watch the intro video (about a minute or two long) and then the lesson video.
During the videos, the student is sometimes prompted to use the manipulative pieces or the math dice while Teacher Bob and the “classroom students” do the same. When the video ends, my sons do the worksheet. These are challenging, but not difficult. I’m pretty impressed with how they make the student think about the new concept (and in a way that I certainly never thought about it before!).
We will sometimes do more than one lesson per day, because the boys think they are fun. Um, WIN!
Nicholas (11) is using the Grade 5-6 level. He is currently learning all about fractions in his regular math curriculum. We have found it very easy to add Algebra for Breakfast on a daily basis to his school routine. It’s separate from his regular math lessons; we see it as a math supplement. He doesn’t balk when it’s time to do a lesson. If that’s not a selling point, I honestly don’t know what is!
Nathan (9) began using the Grade 3-4 level. However, he is an advanced student. He does the same math work as his older brother, so for him, the Grade 3-4 level was too easy. But he is not average. For that reason, I’m moving him to the Grade 5-6 lessons. I do believe the level is accurate for 3rd and 4th graders.
Note: There is some overlap in the levels; even the website says so. But there is also more advanced content in the upper level.
Both of my boys are amazed at how easy the topics are to understand. I feel completely confident that they will not approach higher math with a dread and fear that is so common for kids. These simple, daily lessons are introducing them to basic concepts as countability, naming numbers, and the dreaded “unknown.”
As a life-long “math dreader” myself, I am pretty much over the moon at the way the concepts are presented in a fun, short manner, making them so easy to grasp. I seriously wish Algebra for Breakfast had existed when I was a kid, and when my now-graduated daughter was in school.
We also received the Skip Count Songs. While these songs are a great idea, my boys weren’t too crazy about them. I think it had to do with being “too cool” or too old for math songs or something. But the songs serve a great purpose and will definitely help the students with an open mind.
I really like this program, and I love that there are three purchase options. You may buy the online content only (if you own the math manipulatives), or a partial package, or the entire program (online content + all physical tools). The price ranges from $22 to $122. Details are on the website. Be sure to explore the website and wttch the free intro videos by Teacher ob. And follow Algebra For Breakfast on Facebook.
Now, head over to the Review Crew site to read how other families are using Algebra For Breakfast:
Nicki Truesdell is a 2nd-generation homeschooler and mother to 5. She loves books, freedom, history and quilts, and blogs about all of these at nickitruesdell.com. She believes that homeschooling can be relaxed and that history is fun, and both can be done with minimal cost or stress, no matter your family’s circumstances. Nicki is a member of the Texas Home Educators Advisory Board and The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.