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Practical tips needed: Foerster’s algebra 1

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I am transitioning my DS (entering 8th) from our longtime standard spiral math curriculum to Foerster’s Algebra 1.  The spiral has been effective but not efficient.  I’m hoping to get a better balance there this next school year, but moving to a new textbook and format, I could use some practical tips.

What should I be prepared for in terms of making the transition from a spiral to a block approach?

Specific to Foerster, I do see review built in to the units... Should I plan for more?  Resources?

Im sure there are other questions I should add here, but feel free to share what you know I should know!  😉

 

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I also use the Foerster Algebra books, though this would work with any text. Each concept/skill that we went over I put a problem from the book on an index card with the answer and also sometimes work shown on the back. Each day the child starts with a 5-10 minute session of working problems on the flash cards. So review is brief but consistent. The index card stack gets thicker as the year goes on, but it is slowly cycled through and then repeated.

 

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You may find you don't need it. My kids have all gone from Horizons to Foerster's without issue. I've only worked straight through the text.

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20 hours ago, Kendall said:

I also use the Foerster Algebra books, though this would work with any text. Each concept/skill that we went over I put a problem from the book on an index card with the answer and also sometimes work shown on the back. Each day the child starts with a 5-10 minute session of working problems on the flash cards. So review is brief but consistent. The index card stack gets thicker as the year goes on, but it is slowly cycled through and then repeated.

 

 

Thanks so much.  This is exactly what I'm looking for.  Simple and systematic!  I'll start with the flashcards and if we need them, we have them... if not, it isn't a huge time/effort investment. 🙂   

6 hours ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

You may find you don't need it. My kids have all gone from Horizons to Foerster's without issue. I've only worked straight through the text.

 

So glad to hear this.  I'm hoping for the same!!!  

 

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