Hoping that some of you who have been-there-and-done-that can provide some advice or examples of how you or your child used AOPS Pre-Alg.
DD9 is finishing up Beast 5D in the next 2 weeks. She has worked through Beast largely on her own. I step in if she is having trouble with the problems, but for the most part she uses it on a self-teaching model. She aims to complete roughly 2 pages out of the WB each day. If there are lots of star/ double star problems, she might do only one page.
Looking now at AOPS Pre-Alg (yikes, I know I'm late to the game - I didn't think she's finish 5D so soon), I'm not sure how to help her structure her approach to each chapter. I would love to have her to continue to "self-teach" from the text as much as possible (she's developed confidence, independence and problem solving grit this way). I don't know whether that is reasonable, or whether this is a program in which I will need to be more actively teaching / guiding. The AOPS text looks like it is still written to the student, but it's not quite so "fun," it's denser and there are no pictures , and she is only 9. The format of the text is also different from Beast and I'd like to get some ideas on how to approach it and how to pace. I don't necessarily need her to finish in a certain time frame just for the sake of finishing, but do want to have a rough idea of how to break it up in a reasonable way.
Looking at the text, each chapter has sub-sections (e.g. 1.3, 1.4...). Each sub-section has the initial problems, then the explanations / solutions, then a few exercises at the end. There are 78 total sub-sections, so if we wanted to finish over the course of a year at a relaxed pace, we could try to do one section over 2 days. This would require 156 days, leaving plenty of "room" to slow down if needed (assuming 180 school days/year). If we did this, I was thinking day 1 would be to read through and attempt the problems. Then read through and understand the first few solutions. Day 2 would be to read through and understand the rest of the solutions, then complete the exercises. I would check her answers and meet with her each day to talk through the ones she found challenging (that's what I currently do with Beast).
Does that sound reasonable? If you foresee any pitfalls, or if you have other suggestions and advice, I'd love your input!
I see that there are also videos online. Have you found those to be a helpful adjunct? Is the book sufficient (without the videos)?
Ideally, I would work through the text ahead of her, but realistically, I don't know that I'll be able to keep that up consistently.
Thank you in advance!
Edited by JHLWTM, 09 November 2017 - 01:08 AM.