Are any of you using/have you used these two texts together? I'm doing that with my 8th grader this year and wanted to compare experiences.
I've been having her do the Foerster text until we can move to the AoPS and have it be mostly review. Then when it introduces something new we go back to Foerster.* I've been having her do just the exercises in AoPS (with a few exceptions when we do the problems first). but now I'm wondering if I should just have her do the chapter Review instead of the chapter exercises. We haven't been doing the Chapter Review or Challenger(those I'm saving for summer). Thoughts?
I am really liking this combination. I had done Foerster Algebra I with my older 5 and this child needed more, but AoPS often does not have enough practice on the basic concepts even for her. She could have maybe handled it alone, but I'm not sure. I think I would have had to supplement with easier practice problems. I guess Foerster is really doing that for me and giving lots of word problems.
I think we can finish Foerster this year and through chapter 8 or 9 or 10 of AoPS. I thought I would just continue on with Intro to Algebra alongside Geometry(Jurgensen) her 9th grade year. Though maybe I will do the same kind of thing alternating back and forth with Foerster Algebra 2 slowly through next year and 10th.
During AoPS prealgebra we learned that she MUCH prefers me to teach her vs. going through the problems in the book to learn it. She learns from me teaching her in a fraction of the time it takes her to read it and work the problems and solutions.
* FYI for anyone finding this thread and wanting to try this- The exponent work in the AoPS is in chapter 1 or 2 and not until chapter 9 in Foerster, but she had a lot of that in AoPS Prealgebra so we went ahead with it.