Kimberleigh Posted August 5, 2008 Share Posted August 5, 2008 MIchelle asked in another thread about the Art of Problem Solving. My daughter's been using the books and online classes for a year now, and they've turned math from her least favorite subject to her favorite. She even wound up joining a local math circle and competing on the homeschooling MathCounts team (which came in first place in the region and 4th place in the state -- good representation of what homeschoolers can do!). The Art of Problem Solving books are intended for kids who want a challenge. The problems are multi-step and very involved. Rather than baby steps, the books offer challenging problems up-front, then talk you through the solutions. The Introduction to Algebra book, for example, uses negative exponents and equations with fractions right from the start. Once you figure out how they work, it's just as easy to solve an algebra problem using negative exponents as one using positive exponents. My daughter's also taken a couple of the AoPS online classes. They're done in chatroom fashion and cover a couple chapters' worth of material each week. There are additional problem sets posted on the related forum and others that are meant to be worked offline. My daughter likes the online classes because even though they cover the same material as the books, they keep her moving at a faster pace than she'd probably set otherwise and the instructors provide additional tips and problem-solving strategies. Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with AoPS. I'm just a satisfied mom. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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