# "Before Pre-Algebra" Checklist

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What skills does DD need to prepare her for a typical (e.g. not AoPS) pre-algebra course?

All I can think is add/subtract/multiply/divide whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents, and figure area and perimeter.

What else?  I know there's more.  What am I missing?

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Thats all :)

It would help if she is confident in greatest common factor, lowest common multiple.

For California, probs and stats are integrated into prealg-algebra 2 but no prior knowledge required.

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Seriously?

Oh my.  I'm so happy right now.  We're well on our way :)

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I would add being able to deal with word problems that use those skills.

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I would add they should probably have been exposed to prime numbers, factoring, pemdas, exponents.

But we will be entering pre-a this spring. So maybe all that will be covered and isn't necessarily a pre-req?

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I would add they should probably have been exposed to prime numbers, factoring, pemdas, exponents.

But we will be entering pre-a this spring. So maybe all that will be covered and isn't necessarily a pre-req?

Exposure is good but these would be covered in prealgebra.  So not a pre-req.  Prime numbers are covered in LCM and GCF in the lower grades.   It is better to know the order of operations than to remember it as PEMDAS because it is actually P & E, M & D, A & S so kids do get trip up later if they memorise the acronym without full understanding.

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Exposure is good but these would be covered in prealgebra. So not a pre-req. Prime numbers are covered in LCM and GCF in the lower grades. It is better to know the order of operations than to remember it as PEMDAS because it is actually P & E, M & D, A & S so kids do get trip up later if they memorise the acronym without full understanding.

Agreed. and I really did mean exposure to not mastery of them. :-)

I was always taught pemdas straight across and boy did it trip me up! I teach it as couples, as you mentioned.

And I'm glad I put a disclaimer on my previous post.

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I was just coming to talk about this!! I want/need a test? or something to help us shore up my son's math foundation. But what? I want to know what he's strong in, weak in and just clueless about.

Ideas?

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I was just coming to talk about this!! I want/need a test? or something to help us shore up my son's math foundation. But what? I want to know what he's strong in, weak in and just clueless about.

Ideas?

This may be an off-the-wall suggestion, but do you have a Mathnasium nearby? My sister took my niece for a free consultation this week and I was really impressed with the level of detail in the report re: what she knows/doesn't know. I wonder if you could glean similar info by using an exit exam for a 6th grade math curriculum?
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This may be an off-the-wall suggestion, but do you have a Mathnasium nearby? My sister took my niece for a free consultation this week and I was really impressed with the level of detail in the report re: what she knows/doesn't know. I wonder if you could glean similar info by using an exit exam for a 6th grade math curriculum?

No. But tell me more. What's it like? This sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. I need an outside set of eyes.

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