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I had planned to start my daughter in CLE Algebra 1 in January after she finishes 800 light units.  Now I see there are two options, a new textbook and an alternative course of 10 units.  Can anyone who is using the new textbook tell me what you think of it?  Are they basically the same?  Thanks!

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We're not there yet, but we are using the grade 4 math textbook this year and the format is the same but DS likes it a lot more than the workbooks for some reason. What used to reluctantly take him more than an hour to complete now gets done cheerfully in less than half the time 😁 

The biggest difference we've noticed is that there are page numbers beside each problem showing exactly where the concept was taught. This is the feature that made me take the plunge. I can't count how many times I've had to dig out previous light units for DS to hunt down this info.

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My youngest just started using it this week. He didn't use CLE math at the lower levels, but he has used CLE for other subjects. The biggest benefit is definitely the ability to go back to the lesson where a forgotten concept was introduced earlier in the book. Another benefit is that the textbook can be reused by a sibling or resold.

My son said the instructions in the book are really clear, and I like that the answer key has each problem fully solved.

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We're using Algebra I with the Light Units right now and I really wish I had waited to buy the textbook instead.  With either way you still have to copy the problems on separate paper (and that was the huge benefit of the LU's before IMO).  Like a PP said, it's tricky to find previously taught concepts and it's just a lot to keep up with since you can't just toss a used LU into the recycling like you can with other levels (as long as you have the TM for explanations).  The textbook also looks much more appealing and engaging, and while my dd doesn't really care about that, I think a lot of kids would enjoy it over the LU's.

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We used the LU's last year for Algebra 1 and I found them easy to use, actually. I think my DS really liked the "accomplishment" of finishing a light unit rather than having a textbook that seemed to go on forever. We didn't copy the problems on a separate paper—my DS just worked in each LU. We never really had to go back further than 1-2 LU's if my DS needed a refresher after a holiday or some time off. Our LU's had the number of the lesson where the topic was taught next to each topic so finding an earlier topic in another LU was very easy. I kept  all the LU's while we were working through them but I didn't find keeping them a burden. Really, using the LU's was no problem for us.

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The LUs were intended as the Beta version of the textbook. I believe the LUs will be discontinued now that the textbook is done. 

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On 10/14/2019 at 10:55 PM, Paradox5 said:

The LUs were intended as the Beta version of the textbook. I believe the LUs will be discontinued now that the textbook is done. 

I don't think so, based on talking with them at a convention last June.  The rep actually said that so many people have asked for the workbook style light units that have space for writing that they may start producing them, although it won't be anytime soon.  He did not say that they will be phasing out the current softcover books yet. 

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