Choices for Pre-Algebra

Nonmathy/Struggling Students

  • Key to Series Workbooks - can be used to fill in gaps, supplemental 
  • Math Mammoth Blue - used to fill in gaps, supplemental 
  • Life of Fred Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology - usually used as supplemental can be standalone.
  • Life of Fred Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics
  • Saxon 8/7 and/or Saxon Algebra 1/2
    • Saxon is highly spiral. There are many lessons where you work on one concept and piece together the steps over time. It is not for everyone at this level and consider if it really suits your child's learning style. If they seem to be struggling or hit a wall, it is time to consider a different mastery-based or traditional curriculum. 
    • If you are not sure which one, use 8/7. If your student does well, then you can skip 1/2, if they are still struggling, you can use 1/2 for more practice. 
  • - Online lessons, instant grading, video lessons, 1 full year subscription. Works on any device. Check HSBC for sales.
  • Thinkwell - Online lessons, instant grading, video lessons, 1 full year subscription. Check HSBC for sales. 
  • Real World Algebra
  • Hands-On Equations - Perfect for visual/ kinesthetic learners. Works on any device. Check HSBC for sales.  - supplementary/reinforcing 

Average Students

Advanced Students

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  1. A free Hands-On Equations introductory webinar is available at:

    The program can be used with anyone age 8 and up to enable them to solve equations such as 4x+3=3x+9. The photo above is that of the teacher's demonstration scale. Home education materials are also available.

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  3. Thanks for the resource list for pre-Algebra. May I add one resource to your list? My daughter has been using the Math part of the curriculum for six years now. There are plenty of practice problems, especially for the older students. Sixth through 8th grade include a lot of pre-algebra work. There are resources to print (like work book pages) but most of the work is done online. It is colorful, entertaining, and allows the student to indicate whether or not to move forward. Most learning activities contain practice problem, and then separate learning activity quizzes. My daughter is finishing up 6th grade math there this week, and I feel like she is getting an excellent math education through Time4Learning. They also offer an Algebra course seperate from 7th/8th grade math. Thanks again for your list, and allowing me to share!


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