Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra
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Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra

Fundamentals for Pre-Algebra is a math class typically taken before Pre-Algebra to prepare your student for success in Pre-Algebra.  This course will cover topics such as exploring rational numbers within the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), introduction to algebraic and linear expressions, equations and inequalities, ratios, proportions, percents, probability, statistics and geometry concepts. While students will learn the “step-by-step” methods of solving equations, they will also be given real world math problems and use reasoning & logic to make conjectures.  This is a rigorous course that will leave your student set up for success in higher level math classes. 

All Excelsior math instructors will be utilizing the Middle School & High School Big Ideas Math curriculum written by Ron Larson, Ph.D. and Laurie Boswell, Ed.D.  This material will prepare students for upper level and college math classes. Students will have access to a digital platform that has many tools to facilitate learning. The material Excelsior Classes math classes will use is not common core aligned.

Parents and students can expect weekly homework assignments, weekly quizzes, chapter tests, and cumulative fall and spring semester tests.  There will also be two or three math projects that allow students to use their creativity to show mastery of a concept.  

Before registering, math students new to Excelsior Classes math classes should take the Fundamentals for Pre-Algebra Readiness AssessmentWhile this course is typically completed in the 6th or 7th grade, ability to do the work is more important than age or grade. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure students are well placed in Fundamentals for Pre-Algebra. If you have any questions about the results of the readiness assessment, please contact the instructor. Please know our goal is to set up your student for math success.

Regular, live attendance is strongly advised. Recordings are available if a class is missed or there is a conflict with another course. Students should watch the recording as soon as possible.

Please see this video for more about Excelsior Classes math courses and why you should choose us for your math education.

NOTE: As in all Excelsior Classes courses, math class instruction is tied to the curated syllabus, and the teacher will teach to the syllabus and not to a particular skill set of a student. In other words, the teacher cannot sacrifice content and expectations overall for an individual student as we need to stay in alignment with educational goals, class participant expectations, and NCAA approval of our courses.

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Purchase instructions will be provided in June.

Big Ideas Math – Modeling Real Life Grade 7 – Larson & Boswell – Samples may be viewed here and here.

Ebook – required ($22.50) – Link for purchase will be sent out in June
Printed book – optional ($86) – Link for purchase will be sent out in June

Susan Spraker believes that each person has unlimited capacity to learn in their own unique way. It is her passion to lead students toward their own learning style in order for each to grow, to find their calling, and to excel. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with certification in K-8th grade. She has experience in various private and public elementary school environments. For the past eight years, her main role has been homeschool teacher for her children.

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