The first three Doodles Do Algebra books in this unique curriculum series, covering pre-algebra through division of polynomials, are now available in a paperback form. The books are printed on 8.5 by 11 inch paper so that your child has plenty of room to write and the text is large enough to easily read.  Topics Covered in Starting Out With Mental Algebra (Book 1) This first in the Doodles Do Algebra series is focused on Mental Math and is designed as the first step to learning Algebra for your child. The philosophy is focused on helping your child to think about abstracting and grouping itemsRead More →

Get the book here:Unknowns and The 29 Articles of Algebra, Book 2 of Doodles Do Algebra How Much of Algebra Is Covered In This Book? This second book in the Doodles Do Algebra series teaches the concept of the unknown and then covers the basic vocabulary of algebra (called the 29 Articles). The concept of the unknown, or typically x, is introduced at the start of the book as a transition between the mental math your child did in the first book in this series and the abstract vocabulary in the second part of this book that is necessary for your child to really becomeRead More →

The first book in the Doodles Do Algebra series has been published and it is now available on Amazon. To Celebrate, You can get it Free Today, September 19, on Amazon! Get the book here: Starting Out With Mental Algebra, Book 1 of Doodles Do Algebra What Is In This Book? This book includes the student workpages, teacher’s notes, and answer key. Unlike most curricula for homeschooling that seems to include teacher’s notes as an afterthought, this series is focused heavily on notes to the teacher. We provide alternatives for teaching each lesson so that you can adjust the material to fit your child. No matterRead More →

Keeper Karl sat on the pavement path by the wolf enclosure and stared at Newt with a look of fear, surprise, mixed together with the littlest bit of sheer joy. He reached out and patted the little polar bear on his fuzzy white head and repeated his question, “Am I dreaming? Did my little bear just talk?” “Of course I did, Keeper Karl.” came the reply from Newt who followed suit and sat with a plop on the path so he could focus all his attention on the man in the blue coveralls. “I cannot explain why I can now talk with you as itRead More →

This week on TeachMeBetter.org DoodleMom and her eager team of doodles continue Algebra lessons in the Doodles Do Algebra curriculum series. These lessons are available as worksheets for download at www.teachmebetter.org along with answer key and teacher’s guide included in each lesson post. We are in the final stages of completing the Doodles Do Algebra curriculum for publication and give away individual lessons on teachmebetter.org because we, like you, homeschool our children and cost is always, always a factor. The lessons are based on algebra texts written in the 1700’s and 1800’s by Cocker and Ray. We chose this model of teaching because, simply, thisRead More →

I am certain that how we celebrate fall is unique: with a circus, a birthday, and a time of curriculum transition. It is birthday time for the self-proclaimed patriarch of our family. Yes, we love him so we agnowledge his partiarchy generally without reservation, but we still like to give him a hard time about the idea. For us fall also always means a trip to the circus. The patriarch has been to the circus every year since I have known him, which is getting close to a length of time we can safely refer to as stretching back to “the olden days.” I loveRead More →

The next step, after you have taught your children to understand and not be afraid of algebra word problems is to introduce the concept of the unknown. My kids love pokemon and so “the unknown” to them is that crazy looking black and white pokemon. It was a great surprise to discover that mathematicians had their own class of “unknowns.” So if you can relate the concept of unknown to a pokemon character you have a leg up. But if not, you can sit your kids down at the table with a pile of pennies, a pile of crayons, and a pile of raisins. YouRead More →

Newt jumped nearly ten feet straight up into the air at the sound of the deep voice in his ear. When he came back down to earth, after a time that seemed endless to him, Newt immediately spun around and looked for the source of the voice. Standing very near was a huge animal with black ears that stood straight off his massive black head, all perched on a tremendously scary-looking black furry body, and ending in a hugely bushy black tail. Newt was very sure that at night, when there was no moon, this black, black creature with the deep voice would be nearlyRead More →

This week on TeachMeBetter.org DoodleMom and her eager team of doodles continue Algebra lessons in the Doodles Do Algebra curriculum series. These lessons are available as worksheets for download at www.teachmebetter.org along with answer key and teacher’s guide included in each lesson post. We are in the final stages of completing the Doodles Do Algebra curriculum for publication and give away individual lessons on teachmebetter.org because we, like you, homeschool our children and cost is always, always a factor. The lessons are based on algebra texts written in the 1700’s and 1800’s by Cocker and Ray. We chose this model of teaching because, simply, thisRead More →