This article is in collaboration with Math Essentials.
Are you terrified to teach your kids math? Do you feel like you just don’t remember all the ins and outs of math, especially once you get to Pre-Algebra and Algebra I?
You’re not alone, and “America’s Math Teacher,” Richard W. Fisher, has just the book for you. Members of the Homeschool Review Crew have been working on courses for themselves as homeschool moms for the past few weeks, brushing up on their math skills using Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials.
The book, designed for adults (but useful for anyone who needs additional practice on a specific type of math, regardless of age), takes you through simple math at approximately a 4th grade level all the way through to Algebra I concepts. In it, you’ll learn (or remember):
- Whole numbers, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (aka “basic operations”)
- Fractions, including mixed numbers and basic operations
- Decimals, including how to change fractions to decimals and vice-versa
- Word Problems
- Pre-Algebra and Algebra
The printed lessons are quite short, usually just the equivalent of one paragraph or so. If that’s not enough to help you figure out (or again, remember) what to do, there are also video lessons for every single one. At the time of this post, the videos are set up based on the book they originally appear in, not this one, so it might take a bit of digging to find them, but they all do exist.
Once you’re feeling confident that you understand the material, there are 10-12 problems to work through, including one word problem. Because this is more of a textbook than a workbook, there’s not room in the book to “show your work,” so students are encouraged to use a separate notebook to record their work and answers. At the back of the book, like many math books, are all the answers so that you can make sure you’ve done everything correctly.
So, if you’re dreading teaching your child math, you don’t need to feel that way anymore. Just pick up a copy of Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials, brush up on those concepts you’re rusty on, and teach with confidence!
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A big thanks to Wendy of Ladybug Daydreams for writing this introductory article.