Key to Algebra complete set workbooks + keys
Item #: ALGCMP
Grades:
510
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Publisher:
Key Curriculum Press
Items in Package
This set includes:
 Key to Algebra Answers & Notes Books 14
 Key to Algebra Book 1: Operations on Integers
 Key to Algebra Book 2: Variables, Terms, Expressions
 Key to Algebra Book 3: Equations
 Key to Algebra Book 4: Polynomials
 Key to Algebra Book 5: Rational Numbers
 Key to Algebra Book 6: Mult, Divide Rational Expressions
 Key to Algebra Book 7: Add, Subtract Rational Expressions
 Key to Algebra Answers & Notes Books 57
 Key to Algebra Book 8: Graphs
 Key to Algebra Book 9: Systems of Equations
 Key to Algebra Book 10: Square Roots/Quadratic Equations
 Key to Algebra Answers & Notes Books 810
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Good program for those who need practice
I would definitely recommend Key to for anyone who needs a simple straightforward introduction to a math subject with a good selection of similar problems on one page. So far it is working well for my son who struggles with remembering how to do math computation. I like how it is one topic per page.
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The Key to Algebra set of workbooks (like the other Key To workbooks) are a great supplemental resource. I highly recommend them.
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Superb introduction to algebra
I am not, NOT a math brain teaching a nonmathbrained kid, so discovering a logical, sequential explanation that makes few presuppositions is refreshing, to say the least. One huge benefit is that the math calculations aspect, at least in the beginning books, is minimized to allow students to work with algebraic concepts but not struggle with the number crunching. We are a nocalculatorsallowed family, so this is a big plus. Generally it is pretty easy. I will follow this series up with a standard Algebra 1 text. For some the easy nature of the examples and practice problems may be offputting. For us it's a perfect fit.
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For students who are struggling with algebra or students who need to review before they go on to more advanced math classes, these workbooks are wonderful. They have great examples followed by enough problems for the student to gain the practice they need. The set isn't as comprehensive as a traditional algebra course but I do recommend it for review. I use them for tutoring. Note that the answers are not in the workbooksthey are in the Answers & Notes books (one for books 14, one for books 57, and another for books 810). There is also a set of books that have pretests and post tests and answer keys for those.
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We purchased the entire curriculum package to help my son bring up his SAT scores We also purchased the entire Geometry course and worked them sidebyside My son scored 1175 on the SAT earlier in the year and needed a 1200 to gain a scholarship After talking to some parents who had gone through the same thing they had told me that the most they were able to gain in the second (and even third) testing was 10 additional points and could not break the 1200 barrier We plowed ahead with the Keyto's in spite of this hoping for the best!I can attest that you get a lot of bang for your buck! These aren't flashy textbooks or workbooks but the content is easy to understand and sequential Each booklet covers a different topic/skill to master You get plenty of practice without it being overwhelming The answer key helps explain the concepts thoroughly and what pitfalls to watch for Even I had many "Aha! Now I understand why!" moments while going through these with my son I had Algebra in high school and I really didn't understand what I was doing or why but the Keyto's helped take away my fear of being able to teach Algebra After completing all the workbooks my son improved his SAT score by a whopping 90 points and he gained an academic scholarship! I can't thank Keyto enough for this helpful course! My mathphobic daughter is now using these and she enjoys them (that's a BIG accomplishment in itself to say that she "enjoys" anything having to do with math)! These workbooks may be considered "too easy" for your typical math genius but for my artistic rightbrained mathphobic daughter these were perfect She gets overwhelmed with too many explanations too much logical detail etc that her brain shuts down as her frustration levels go up! The Keyto's were perfect for her She could read them and easily understand the concepts and she gained confidence as she completed each assignment The concept would be introduced and examples laid out of how to do the problem and a page or two of largetype problems to work This was enough for her She wants to take the problem apply the method to solving the problem and be done with it This may sound like a pitfall but realistically she will never be an engineer astronaut or architect (hopefully she'll marry one! ;) But these are plenty adequate for a complete Algebra course!I like how the concepts are broken down into little booklets that are easy to carry around The 10 booklets are less than a quarterinch thick and printed on newsprinttype paper (nothing glossy) It's so easy to grab the booklets and go to piano lessons I can sit and check their work while they play or they can work in them while a sibling is engaged in their piano lesson It's so nice not having to carry a bulky textbook around Whenever anyone asks me "What math curriculum do you use?" I say "KEY TO all the way!"
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November 8, 2012
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We love these at our house It makes Algebra not so daunting This has a nice handwritten quality that is attractive to even younger students Plus the answer keys are easy to follow!
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Summer review work for my daughter.
Maria L
on Jun 11, 2018
It is an easy way for them to learn all kinds of math skills. I have used "Key to Fractions" with all my kids, and it really helped them totally grasp fractions. That is why I decided to try out the "Keys to Algebra", so they will have a very clear grasp on it before they go into high school algebra.
Caron F
on May 4, 2018
My daughter is home schooled and entering 7th grade in August. We use the Math In Focus  Singapore Math series and will be using the Key to Algebra series as a supplemental in order to prepare for high school Algebra.
Ilona O
on Apr 17, 2018
My sister is in college and these will help her with math.
Kathleen T
on Feb 5, 2018
I used them with my other 6 children and loved them. Easy way to get Math.
Rita V
on Oct 19, 2017
work can be doe in the book
robert a
on Sep 7, 2017
This is the math curriculum that his coop with the home school community will be using :)
Michael J
on Jul 24, 2017
This is one of the curriculum choices approved by our local school district for offsite learning in conjunction with the parent partnership program that we are part of.
Sharron H
on Jul 7, 2017
good review of the basics
Gena R
on Jun 13, 2017
need algebra in his math
Nancy S
on May 20, 2017
I like the extra practice these workbooks provide
Theresa L
on May 11, 2017
My son was needing extra algebra support and these resources were recommended to us to help solidify the basics!
Alison P
on Apr 12, 2017
This is a great basic skills product. We are using it again to review what we've learned.
Amy K
on Mar 22, 2017
A friend of mine recommended this algebra curriculum for my children...I am willing to try.
Katherine I
on Feb 28, 2017
I have used the 'Key To Fractions' and 'Key to Decimals' series and find the way they explain and build on skills easy to follow and understand.
Kate A
on Jan 31, 2017
My son gets bored easily. He also wants to go ahead and finish his work on his own. We have had a struggle with Algebra but I feel the Key To booklets will break it down so he can remember how to do it as well as work at his own pace.
Patricia C
on Jan 7, 2017
My older two boys used the Key to Algebra workbooks for homeschooling, so why not try out the fit with our youngest?
Alison G
on Nov 17, 2016
It is excellent material to suport instruction. There are children who are cannot handle a lot of math problem on one page. It overwhelms them.
Lynn H
on Oct 8, 2016
to help daughter with algebra
Julie S
on Aug 31, 2016
Summer math maintenance and prepare for next year
Deidre B
on Jun 17, 2016
This is what our son was using in private school and when we switched to another text, he did not do as well. Key to Algebra is step by step by step. Very nice.
Teresa Jill S
on Jun 4, 2016
Needs portable practice + good reviews on Well Trained Mind forum
Lori B
on Apr 30, 2016
A friend suggested this would help my son with his Algebra 1
Gwen A
on Feb 16, 2016
Good for a selflearner. Much more friendly than a text book.
Melani M
on Jan 19, 2016
After using the Key to series for measurements, decimals, fractions, etc., it seemed natural to move into the Key to Algebra series. It has worked well for us with our older children and I look forward to using it again with my youngest children.
Rebecca D
on Jan 3, 2016
Summer review work for my daughter.
Maria L
on Jun 11, 2018
I think it will be a good preview to Algebra for my child.
Kimberly S
on May 7, 2018
It is an easy way for them to learn all kinds of math skills. I have used "Key to Fractions" with all my kids, and it really helped them totally grasp fractions. That is why I decided to try out the "Keys to Algebra", so they will have a very clear grasp on it before they go into high school algebra.
Caron F
on May 4, 2018
These books were recommended to me. I think the simple booklet to booklet approach will work well for my child who easily gets intimidated by large Math books.
Birdie R
on Apr 27, 2018
My daughter is home schooled and entering 7th grade in August. We use the Math In Focus  Singapore Math series and will be using the Key to Algebra series as a supplemental in order to prepare for high school Algebra.
Ilona O
on Apr 17, 2018
I have never taught Algebra using Key, but I am very familiar with their other math material.
Hence, I am relying on my past experiences with the success Key has brought to very math challenged students to produce the same joy in learning. I look forward to the spacing, typing, print size and number of problems on each page to support ease in acquiring new concepts.
Hence, I am relying on my past experiences with the success Key has brought to very math challenged students to produce the same joy in learning. I look forward to the spacing, typing, print size and number of problems on each page to support ease in acquiring new concepts.
Mari Lou H
on Mar 21, 2018
My sister is in college and these will help her with math.
Kathleen T
on Feb 5, 2018
To supplement school math curriculum
Marlene F
on Oct 29, 2017
I used them with my other 6 children and loved them. Easy way to get Math.
Rita V
on Oct 19, 2017
My friend told me about this set of books.
Joanna B
on Sep 19, 2017
work can be doe in the book
robert a
on Sep 7, 2017
Fantastic highly recommended resource. Easy to learn, easy to teach
Jason V
on Aug 28, 2017
This is the math curriculum that his coop with the home school community will be using :)
Michael J
on Jul 24, 2017
The Key to... math books are very thorough in practice for each of their subjects.
Great for practicing and understanding the subject matter.
Great for practicing and understanding the subject matter.
Maggie K
on Jul 15, 2017
This is one of the curriculum choices approved by our local school district for offsite learning in conjunction with the parent partnership program that we are part of.
Sharron H
on Jul 7, 2017
It was recommended by my consultant to help my child with math.
Christy R
on Jul 3, 2017
good review of the basics
Gena R
on Jun 13, 2017
I need an easier algebra for my daughter with dyscalculia. My son has loved Key to Geometry, so I thought this would work well for us.
David A
on May 27, 2017
need algebra in his math
Nancy S
on May 20, 2017
Based on other reviews, these books look like they might be helpful for my daughter to improve algebra skills. I like the 10 booklet format as opposed to a large textbook. It seems like the math will not overwhelm my daughter who is not a huge fan of math. The books were cheaper here than on Amazon!
Caralee J
on May 19, 2017
I like the extra practice these workbooks provide
Theresa L
on May 11, 2017
price
Zahid H
on Apr 13, 2017
My son was needing extra algebra support and these resources were recommended to us to help solidify the basics!
Alison P
on Apr 12, 2017
I homeschooled my older girls and LOVED the entire set of Key To series. My younger kids are in public school and I am working. They are struggling in math, and I know exactly how to support them. The practice that is contained in these books!
Kaley P
on Mar 24, 2017
This is a great basic skills product. We are using it again to review what we've learned.
Amy K
on Mar 22, 2017
for myself, college.
Indira G
on Mar 3, 2017
A friend of mine recommended this algebra curriculum for my children...I am willing to try.
Katherine I
on Feb 28, 2017
I have used this before. The whole "Keys to.." curricula break the steps down so, so easily! I have taught many students math at various levels. This is so good for kids who don't have a natural math brain. It's also good for kids who do have a natural math brain, they can do algebra at a much younger age!
Cynthia B
on Feb 3, 2017
I have used the 'Key To Fractions' and 'Key to Decimals' series and find the way they explain and build on skills easy to follow and understand.
Kate A
on Jan 31, 2017
My son struggles with Math. It is subject he struggles with most and requires extra time, as well as simpler instructions and more repetition. This book came highly recommended to me as I have tried three other curricula. Although the curricula were great it was still too fast paced for him. The Key to Algebra is slower paced with more focus on each concept and gradual increase to the concept being taught. He is currently almost finished with book 4 is doing extremely well.
Maria T
on Jan 14, 2017
My son gets bored easily. He also wants to go ahead and finish his work on his own. We have had a struggle with Algebra but I feel the Key To booklets will break it down so he can remember how to do it as well as work at his own pace.
Patricia C
on Jan 7, 2017
I have seen this work with many kids!
Kyle B
on Dec 25, 2016
My older two boys used the Key to Algebra workbooks for homeschooling, so why not try out the fit with our youngest?
Alison G
on Nov 17, 2016
My oldest daughter, now 25, used this series and I am so happy to find it again for the 14 year old. My favorite part is the scale of the page layout and point size of the font. The kids can use these books without squeezing their handwriting and can see their work. Good for those small successes that lead to long term goals.
Eliz P
on Oct 21, 2016
It is excellent material to suport instruction. There are children who are cannot handle a lot of math problem on one page. It overwhelms them.
Lynn H
on Oct 8, 2016
Help my son with algebra.
Alicia S
on Sep 20, 2016
to help daughter with algebra
Julie S
on Aug 31, 2016
I used this for my older twins and this program works! Now I am using it for my youngest homeschooler! I love the way this program explains the concepts.
Bonny D
on Aug 30, 2016
Summer math maintenance and prepare for next year
Deidre B
on Jun 17, 2016
Needed a clear uncluttered math program for my right brain son. It worked well for my daughter.
Dana W
on Jun 7, 2016
This is what our son was using in private school and when we switched to another text, he did not do as well. Key to Algebra is step by step by step. Very nice.
Teresa Jill S
on Jun 4, 2016
Other tutor recommendations
Brenda L
on May 10, 2016
Needs portable practice + good reviews on Well Trained Mind forum
Lori B
on Apr 30, 2016
My son struggles with math. We need to be able to use a curriculum that is straight forward and where I can pick and choose which problems he does.
Melissa H
on Feb 20, 2016
A friend suggested this would help my son with his Algebra 1
Gwen A
on Feb 16, 2016
Review
Kristen M
on Feb 2, 2016
Good for a selflearner. Much more friendly than a text book.
Melani M
on Jan 19, 2016
I have used all of the previous Key to curricula and they work well with students who are challenged learners.
Melissa M
on Jan 19, 2016
After using the Key to series for measurements, decimals, fractions, etc., it seemed natural to move into the Key to Algebra series. It has worked well for us with our older children and I look forward to using it again with my youngest children.
Rebecca D
on Jan 3, 2016
My student likes to selfstudy with these, and he likes the straightforward explanations and likes the visual format.
Marcia K L
on Nov 27, 2015
I think it will be a good preview to Algebra for my child.
Kimberly S
on May 7, 2018
These books were recommended to me. I think the simple booklet to booklet approach will work well for my child who easily gets intimidated by large Math books.
Birdie R
on Apr 27, 2018
I have never taught Algebra using Key, but I am very familiar with their other math material.
Hence, I am relying on my past experiences with the success Key has brought to very math challenged students to produce the same joy in learning. I look forward to the spacing, typing, print size and number of problems on each page to support ease in acquiring new concepts.
Hence, I am relying on my past experiences with the success Key has brought to very math challenged students to produce the same joy in learning. I look forward to the spacing, typing, print size and number of problems on each page to support ease in acquiring new concepts.
Mari Lou H
on Mar 21, 2018
To supplement school math curriculum
Marlene F
on Oct 29, 2017
My friend told me about this set of books.
Joanna B
on Sep 19, 2017
Fantastic highly recommended resource. Easy to learn, easy to teach
Jason V
on Aug 28, 2017
The Key to... math books are very thorough in practice for each of their subjects.
Great for practicing and understanding the subject matter.
Great for practicing and understanding the subject matter.
Maggie K
on Jul 15, 2017
It was recommended by my consultant to help my child with math.
Christy R
on Jul 3, 2017
I need an easier algebra for my daughter with dyscalculia. My son has loved Key to Geometry, so I thought this would work well for us.
David A
on May 27, 2017
Based on other reviews, these books look like they might be helpful for my daughter to improve algebra skills. I like the 10 booklet format as opposed to a large textbook. It seems like the math will not overwhelm my daughter who is not a huge fan of math. The books were cheaper here than on Amazon!
Caralee J
on May 19, 2017
price
Zahid H
on Apr 13, 2017
I homeschooled my older girls and LOVED the entire set of Key To series. My younger kids are in public school and I am working. They are struggling in math, and I know exactly how to support them. The practice that is contained in these books!
Kaley P
on Mar 24, 2017
for myself, college.
Indira G
on Mar 3, 2017
I have used this before. The whole "Keys to.." curricula break the steps down so, so easily! I have taught many students math at various levels. This is so good for kids who don't have a natural math brain. It's also good for kids who do have a natural math brain, they can do algebra at a much younger age!
Cynthia B
on Feb 3, 2017
My son struggles with Math. It is subject he struggles with most and requires extra time, as well as simpler instructions and more repetition. This book came highly recommended to me as I have tried three other curricula. Although the curricula were great it was still too fast paced for him. The Key to Algebra is slower paced with more focus on each concept and gradual increase to the concept being taught. He is currently almost finished with book 4 is doing extremely well.
Maria T
on Jan 14, 2017
I have seen this work with many kids!
Kyle B
on Dec 25, 2016
My oldest daughter, now 25, used this series and I am so happy to find it again for the 14 year old. My favorite part is the scale of the page layout and point size of the font. The kids can use these books without squeezing their handwriting and can see their work. Good for those small successes that lead to long term goals.
Eliz P
on Oct 21, 2016
Help my son with algebra.
Alicia S
on Sep 20, 2016
I used this for my older twins and this program works! Now I am using it for my youngest homeschooler! I love the way this program explains the concepts.
Bonny D
on Aug 30, 2016
Needed a clear uncluttered math program for my right brain son. It worked well for my daughter.
Dana W
on Jun 7, 2016
Other tutor recommendations
Brenda L
on May 10, 2016
My son struggles with math. We need to be able to use a curriculum that is straight forward and where I can pick and choose which problems he does.
Melissa H
on Feb 20, 2016
Review
Kristen M
on Feb 2, 2016
I have used all of the previous Key to curricula and they work well with students who are challenged learners.
Melissa M
on Jan 19, 2016
My student likes to selfstudy with these, and he likes the straightforward explanations and likes the visual format.
Marcia K L
on Nov 27, 2015
Does this include Alegebra 2?
Gaia1806
on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, this does not cover Algebra 2.
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 Jacqueline K on Jun 3, 2017
 Purchased on Nov 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, this does not cover Algebra 2.
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 Jacqueline K on Jun 3, 2017
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Would you consider the Key to Algebra books a full Algebra course for nonmath students?
Nathan T
on Feb 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say that it gets the student 85 to 90% of the way there because it clearly and simply teaches the language of Algebra. If a student is going on to Algebra 2 it would be wise to supplement it with something a little more hard core ( not common core) that will challenge him or her after learning the basics. I consider Key to Algebra series an excellent confidence builder.
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 Ann K on Feb 10, 2016
 Purchased on Jan 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say that it gets the student 85 to 90% of the way there because it clearly and simply teaches the language of Algebra. If a student is going on to Algebra 2 it would be wise to supplement it with something a little more hard core ( not common core) that will challenge him or her after learning the basics. I consider Key to Algebra series an excellent confidence builder.
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 Ann K on Feb 10, 2016
 Purchased on Jan 8, 2016
I'm not a certified teacher but my degree is in Computer Science, and I had to take a lot of advanced math. I use the Keys to Algebra workbooks to strengthen my nonmath daughter's skills. I would not consider these a full Algebra course because each page focuses on a particular skill with no tiein from one skill to the other. They don't include much in the way of explanations, but mostly examples. I think the Algebra student needs to be shown and practice "story problem" which include using more than one Algebra technique or skill. My first choice for any student to learn Algebra would be to use a tutor/teacher so that dialogue can occur and questions can be answered. My second choice would be a program like Teaching Textbooks. Most college majors require at least passing College Algebra, which might be difficult if a fullfledged Algebra course hasn't been taken. Blessings!
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 Melissa W on Feb 13, 2016
 Purchased on Oct 16, 2015
I'm not sure what is meant by nonmath student. If the student is ready for algebra concepts this is a good one to choose. Having the answers actually worked out in the answer key, not just a list of answers is really helpful. It helps see where the mistake was made or if the problem was set up right in the first place. Having a small workbook at a time is not so overwhelming as a large textbook for the year. It gives a visual closure to having mastered different concepts. Having a number of completions can be better than only one when a typical textbook is finished. I noticed toward the end of the series when most of the concepts were learned one could skip a book and be successful with the next. My student got bogged down in book 8 so we moved on to book 9. Math cycles around and perhaps the readiness level will be there next time.
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 Gail M on Feb 7, 2016
 Purchased on Aug 19, 2015
Key to Algebra covers all the essential topics of a first year of high school algebra. It is designed to be used by an intelligent and motivated student with no real background in algebra or prealgebra. I think it is well written. However, it is always difficult for people who are naturally good at math to assess what will work for people who are not.
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 Allan B on Feb 6, 2016
 Purchased on Dec 26, 2015
Yes, I would consider this a full Algebra course for nonmath students. I chose to purchase this after reading a review from the prominent reviewer, Cathy Duffy. I would encourage you to consult her book or website for further information.
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 Jacqueline K on Feb 6, 2016
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Description
Items in Package
This set includes:
 Key to Algebra Answers & Notes Books 14
 Key to Algebra Book 1: Operations on Integers
 Key to Algebra Book 2: Variables, Terms, Expressions
 Key to Algebra Book 3: Equations
 Key to Algebra Book 4: Polynomials
 Key to Algebra Book 5: Rational Numbers
 Key to Algebra Book 6: Mult, Divide Rational Expressions
 Key to Algebra Book 7: Add, Subtract Rational Expressions
 Key to Algebra Answers & Notes Books 57
 Key to Algebra Book 8: Graphs
 Key to Algebra Book 9: Systems of Equations
 Key to Algebra Book 10: Square Roots/Quadratic Equations
 Key to Algebra Answers & Notes Books 810

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5.0 / 5.06 Reviews5 Stars4 Stars3 Stars2 Stars1 Stars60000Good program for those who need practiceI would definitely recommend Key to for anyone who needs a simple straightforward introduction to a math subject with a good selection of similar problems on one page. So far it is working well for my son who struggles with remembering how to do math computation. I like how it is one topic per page. Was this review helpful? Yes (2) No (0)
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The Key to Algebra set of workbooks (like the other Key To workbooks) are a great supplemental resource. I highly recommend them. Was this review helpful? Yes (3) No (0)
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Superb introduction to algebraI am not, NOT a math brain teaching a nonmathbrained kid, so discovering a logical, sequential explanation that makes few presuppositions is refreshing, to say the least. One huge benefit is that the math calculations aspect, at least in the beginning books, is minimized to allow students to work with algebraic concepts but not struggle with the number crunching. We are a nocalculatorsallowed family, so this is a big plus. Generally it is pretty easy. I will follow this series up with a standard Algebra 1 text. For some the easy nature of the examples and practice problems may be offputting. For us it's a perfect fit. Was this review helpful? Yes (5) No (1)
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Excellent Review BooksFor students who are struggling with algebra or students who need to review before they go on to more advanced math classes, these workbooks are wonderful. They have great examples followed by enough problems for the student to gain the practice they need. The set isn't as comprehensive as a traditional algebra course but I do recommend it for review. I use them for tutoring. Note that the answers are not in the workbooksthey are in the Answers & Notes books (one for books 14, one for books 57, and another for books 810). There is also a set of books that have pretests and post tests and answer keys for those. Was this review helpful? Yes (6) No (0)
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We purchased the entire curriculum package to help my son bring up his SAT scores We also purchased the entire Geometry course and worked them sidebyside My son scored 1175 on the SAT earlier in the year and needed a 1200 to gain a scholarship After talking to some parents who had gone through the same thing they had told me that the most they were able to gain in the second (and even third) testing was 10 additional points and could not break the 1200 barrier We plowed ahead with the Keyto's in spite of this hoping for the best!I can attest that you get a lot of bang for your buck! These aren't flashy textbooks or workbooks but the content is easy to understand and sequential Each booklet covers a different topic/skill to master You get plenty of practice without it being overwhelming The answer key helps explain the concepts thoroughly and what pitfalls to watch for Even I had many "Aha! Now I understand why!" moments while going through these with my son I had Algebra in high school and I really didn't understand what I was doing or why but the Keyto's helped take away my fear of being able to teach Algebra After completing all the workbooks my son improved his SAT score by a whopping 90 points and he gained an academic scholarship! I can't thank Keyto enough for this helpful course! My mathphobic daughter is now using these and she enjoys them (that's a BIG accomplishment in itself to say that she "enjoys" anything having to do with math)! These workbooks may be considered "too easy" for your typical math genius but for my artistic rightbrained mathphobic daughter these were perfect She gets overwhelmed with too many explanations too much logical detail etc that her brain shuts down as her frustration levels go up! The Keyto's were perfect for her She could read them and easily understand the concepts and she gained confidence as she completed each assignment The concept would be introduced and examples laid out of how to do the problem and a page or two of largetype problems to work This was enough for her She wants to take the problem apply the method to solving the problem and be done with it This may sound like a pitfall but realistically she will never be an engineer astronaut or architect (hopefully she'll marry one! ;) But these are plenty adequate for a complete Algebra course!I like how the concepts are broken down into little booklets that are easy to carry around The 10 booklets are less than a quarterinch thick and printed on newsprinttype paper (nothing glossy) It's so easy to grab the booklets and go to piano lessons I can sit and check their work while they play or they can work in them while a sibling is engaged in their piano lesson It's so nice not having to carry a bulky textbook around Whenever anyone asks me "What math curriculum do you use?" I say "KEY TO all the way!" Was this review helpful? Yes (23) No (0)
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We love these at our house It makes Algebra not so daunting This has a nice handwritten quality that is attractive to even younger students Plus the answer keys are easy to follow! Was this review helpful? Yes (6) No (0)
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Do not include HTML, links, references to other stores, pricing or contact info.My question is about:If your question is about more than one item, click + to add them.Browse 3 questions Browse 3 questions and 59 answersWhy did you choose this?Rainbow Resource Center StoreSummer review work for my daughter.Maria L on Jun 11, 2018It is an easy way for them to learn all kinds of math skills. I have used "Key to Fractions" with all my kids, and it really helped them totally grasp fractions. That is why I decided to try out the "Keys to Algebra", so they will have a very clear grasp on it before they go into high school algebra.Caron F on May 4, 2018My daughter is home schooled and entering 7th grade in August. We use the Math In Focus  Singapore Math series and will be using the Key to Algebra series as a supplemental in order to prepare for high school Algebra.Ilona O on Apr 17, 2018My sister is in college and these will help her with math.Kathleen T on Feb 5, 2018I used them with my other 6 children and loved them. Easy way to get Math.Rita V on Oct 19, 2017work can be doe in the bookrobert a on Sep 7, 2017This is the math curriculum that his coop with the home school community will be using :)Michael J on Jul 24, 2017This is one of the curriculum choices approved by our local school district for offsite learning in conjunction with the parent partnership program that we are part of.Sharron H on Jul 7, 2017good review of the basicsGena R on Jun 13, 2017need algebra in his mathNancy S on May 20, 2017I like the extra practice these workbooks provideTheresa L on May 11, 2017My son was needing extra algebra support and these resources were recommended to us to help solidify the basics!Alison P on Apr 12, 2017This is a great basic skills product. We are using it again to review what we've learned.Amy K on Mar 22, 2017A friend of mine recommended this algebra curriculum for my children...I am willing to try.Katherine I on Feb 28, 2017I have used the 'Key To Fractions' and 'Key to Decimals' series and find the way they explain and build on skills easy to follow and understand.Kate A on Jan 31, 2017My son gets bored easily. He also wants to go ahead and finish his work on his own. We have had a struggle with Algebra but I feel the Key To booklets will break it down so he can remember how to do it as well as work at his own pace.Patricia C on Jan 7, 2017My older two boys used the Key to Algebra workbooks for homeschooling, so why not try out the fit with our youngest?Alison G on Nov 17, 2016It is excellent material to suport instruction. There are children who are cannot handle a lot of math problem on one page. It overwhelms them.Lynn H on Oct 8, 2016to help daughter with algebraJulie S on Aug 31, 2016Summer math maintenance and prepare for next yearDeidre B on Jun 17, 2016This is what our son was using in private school and when we switched to another text, he did not do as well. Key to Algebra is step by step by step. Very nice.Teresa Jill S on Jun 4, 2016Needs portable practice + good reviews on Well Trained Mind forumLori B on Apr 30, 2016A friend suggested this would help my son with his Algebra 1Gwen A on Feb 16, 2016Good for a selflearner. Much more friendly than a text book.Melani M on Jan 19, 2016After using the Key to series for measurements, decimals, fractions, etc., it seemed natural to move into the Key to Algebra series. It has worked well for us with our older children and I look forward to using it again with my youngest children.Rebecca D on Jan 3, 2016Summer review work for my daughter.Maria L on Jun 11, 2018I think it will be a good preview to Algebra for my child.Kimberly S on May 7, 2018It is an easy way for them to learn all kinds of math skills. I have used "Key to Fractions" with all my kids, and it really helped them totally grasp fractions. That is why I decided to try out the "Keys to Algebra", so they will have a very clear grasp on it before they go into high school algebra.Caron F on May 4, 2018These books were recommended to me. I think the simple booklet to booklet approach will work well for my child who easily gets intimidated by large Math books.Birdie R on Apr 27, 2018My daughter is home schooled and entering 7th grade in August. We use the Math In Focus  Singapore Math series and will be using the Key to Algebra series as a supplemental in order to prepare for high school Algebra.Ilona O on Apr 17, 2018I have never taught Algebra using Key, but I am very familiar with their other math material.
Hence, I am relying on my past experiences with the success Key has brought to very math challenged students to produce the same joy in learning. I look forward to the spacing, typing, print size and number of problems on each page to support ease in acquiring new concepts.Mari Lou H on Mar 21, 2018My sister is in college and these will help her with math.Kathleen T on Feb 5, 2018To supplement school math curriculumMarlene F on Oct 29, 2017I used them with my other 6 children and loved them. Easy way to get Math.Rita V on Oct 19, 2017My friend told me about this set of books.Joanna B on Sep 19, 2017work can be doe in the bookrobert a on Sep 7, 2017Fantastic highly recommended resource. Easy to learn, easy to teachJason V on Aug 28, 2017This is the math curriculum that his coop with the home school community will be using :)Michael J on Jul 24, 2017The Key to... math books are very thorough in practice for each of their subjects.
Great for practicing and understanding the subject matter.Maggie K on Jul 15, 2017This is one of the curriculum choices approved by our local school district for offsite learning in conjunction with the parent partnership program that we are part of.Sharron H on Jul 7, 2017It was recommended by my consultant to help my child with math.Christy R on Jul 3, 2017good review of the basicsGena R on Jun 13, 2017I need an easier algebra for my daughter with dyscalculia. My son has loved Key to Geometry, so I thought this would work well for us.David A on May 27, 2017need algebra in his mathNancy S on May 20, 2017Based on other reviews, these books look like they might be helpful for my daughter to improve algebra skills. I like the 10 booklet format as opposed to a large textbook. It seems like the math will not overwhelm my daughter who is not a huge fan of math. The books were cheaper here than on Amazon!Caralee J on May 19, 2017I like the extra practice these workbooks provideTheresa L on May 11, 2017priceZahid H on Apr 13, 2017My son was needing extra algebra support and these resources were recommended to us to help solidify the basics!Alison P on Apr 12, 2017I homeschooled my older girls and LOVED the entire set of Key To series. My younger kids are in public school and I am working. They are struggling in math, and I know exactly how to support them. The practice that is contained in these books!Kaley P on Mar 24, 2017This is a great basic skills product. We are using it again to review what we've learned.Amy K on Mar 22, 2017for myself, college.Indira G on Mar 3, 2017A friend of mine recommended this algebra curriculum for my children...I am willing to try.Katherine I on Feb 28, 2017I have used this before. The whole "Keys to.." curricula break the steps down so, so easily! I have taught many students math at various levels. This is so good for kids who don't have a natural math brain. It's also good for kids who do have a natural math brain, they can do algebra at a much younger age!Cynthia B on Feb 3, 2017I have used the 'Key To Fractions' and 'Key to Decimals' series and find the way they explain and build on skills easy to follow and understand.Kate A on Jan 31, 2017My son struggles with Math. It is subject he struggles with most and requires extra time, as well as simpler instructions and more repetition. This book came highly recommended to me as I have tried three other curricula. Although the curricula were great it was still too fast paced for him. The Key to Algebra is slower paced with more focus on each concept and gradual increase to the concept being taught. He is currently almost finished with book 4 is doing extremely well.Maria T on Jan 14, 2017My son gets bored easily. He also wants to go ahead and finish his work on his own. We have had a struggle with Algebra but I feel the Key To booklets will break it down so he can remember how to do it as well as work at his own pace.Patricia C on Jan 7, 2017I have seen this work with many kids!Kyle B on Dec 25, 2016My older two boys used the Key to Algebra workbooks for homeschooling, so why not try out the fit with our youngest?Alison G on Nov 17, 2016My oldest daughter, now 25, used this series and I am so happy to find it again for the 14 year old. My favorite part is the scale of the page layout and point size of the font. The kids can use these books without squeezing their handwriting and can see their work. Good for those small successes that lead to long term goals.Eliz P on Oct 21, 2016It is excellent material to suport instruction. There are children who are cannot handle a lot of math problem on one page. It overwhelms them.Lynn H on Oct 8, 2016Help my son with algebra.Alicia S on Sep 20, 2016to help daughter with algebraJulie S on Aug 31, 2016I used this for my older twins and this program works! Now I am using it for my youngest homeschooler! I love the way this program explains the concepts.Bonny D on Aug 30, 2016Summer math maintenance and prepare for next yearDeidre B on Jun 17, 2016Needed a clear uncluttered math program for my right brain son. It worked well for my daughter.Dana W on Jun 7, 2016This is what our son was using in private school and when we switched to another text, he did not do as well. Key to Algebra is step by step by step. Very nice.Teresa Jill S on Jun 4, 2016Other tutor recommendationsBrenda L on May 10, 2016Needs portable practice + good reviews on Well Trained Mind forumLori B on Apr 30, 2016My son struggles with math. We need to be able to use a curriculum that is straight forward and where I can pick and choose which problems he does.Melissa H on Feb 20, 2016A friend suggested this would help my son with his Algebra 1Gwen A on Feb 16, 2016ReviewKristen M on Feb 2, 2016Good for a selflearner. Much more friendly than a text book.Melani M on Jan 19, 2016I have used all of the previous Key to curricula and they work well with students who are challenged learners.Melissa M on Jan 19, 2016After using the Key to series for measurements, decimals, fractions, etc., it seemed natural to move into the Key to Algebra series. It has worked well for us with our older children and I look forward to using it again with my youngest children.Rebecca D on Jan 3, 2016My student likes to selfstudy with these, and he likes the straightforward explanations and likes the visual format.Marcia K L on Nov 27, 2015I think it will be a good preview to Algebra for my child.Kimberly S on May 7, 2018These books were recommended to me. I think the simple booklet to booklet approach will work well for my child who easily gets intimidated by large Math books.Birdie R on Apr 27, 2018I have never taught Algebra using Key, but I am very familiar with their other math material.
Hence, I am relying on my past experiences with the success Key has brought to very math challenged students to produce the same joy in learning. I look forward to the spacing, typing, print size and number of problems on each page to support ease in acquiring new concepts.Mari Lou H on Mar 21, 2018To supplement school math curriculumMarlene F on Oct 29, 2017My friend told me about this set of books.Joanna B on Sep 19, 2017Fantastic highly recommended resource. Easy to learn, easy to teachJason V on Aug 28, 2017The Key to... math books are very thorough in practice for each of their subjects.
Great for practicing and understanding the subject matter.Maggie K on Jul 15, 2017It was recommended by my consultant to help my child with math.Christy R on Jul 3, 2017I need an easier algebra for my daughter with dyscalculia. My son has loved Key to Geometry, so I thought this would work well for us.David A on May 27, 2017Based on other reviews, these books look like they might be helpful for my daughter to improve algebra skills. I like the 10 booklet format as opposed to a large textbook. It seems like the math will not overwhelm my daughter who is not a huge fan of math. The books were cheaper here than on Amazon!Caralee J on May 19, 2017priceZahid H on Apr 13, 2017I homeschooled my older girls and LOVED the entire set of Key To series. My younger kids are in public school and I am working. They are struggling in math, and I know exactly how to support them. The practice that is contained in these books!Kaley P on Mar 24, 2017for myself, college.Indira G on Mar 3, 2017I have used this before. The whole "Keys to.." curricula break the steps down so, so easily! I have taught many students math at various levels. This is so good for kids who don't have a natural math brain. It's also good for kids who do have a natural math brain, they can do algebra at a much younger age!Cynthia B on Feb 3, 2017My son struggles with Math. It is subject he struggles with most and requires extra time, as well as simpler instructions and more repetition. This book came highly recommended to me as I have tried three other curricula. Although the curricula were great it was still too fast paced for him. The Key to Algebra is slower paced with more focus on each concept and gradual increase to the concept being taught. He is currently almost finished with book 4 is doing extremely well.Maria T on Jan 14, 2017I have seen this work with many kids!Kyle B on Dec 25, 2016My oldest daughter, now 25, used this series and I am so happy to find it again for the 14 year old. My favorite part is the scale of the page layout and point size of the font. The kids can use these books without squeezing their handwriting and can see their work. Good for those small successes that lead to long term goals.Eliz P on Oct 21, 2016Help my son with algebra.Alicia S on Sep 20, 2016I used this for my older twins and this program works! Now I am using it for my youngest homeschooler! I love the way this program explains the concepts.Bonny D on Aug 30, 2016Needed a clear uncluttered math program for my right brain son. It worked well for my daughter.Dana W on Jun 7, 2016Other tutor recommendationsBrenda L on May 10, 2016My son struggles with math. We need to be able to use a curriculum that is straight forward and where I can pick and choose which problems he does.Melissa H on Feb 20, 2016ReviewKristen M on Feb 2, 2016I have used all of the previous Key to curricula and they work well with students who are challenged learners.Melissa M on Jan 19, 2016My student likes to selfstudy with these, and he likes the straightforward explanations and likes the visual format.Marcia K L on Nov 27, 2015Does this include Alegebra 2?Gaia1806 on Jun 3, 2017BEST ANSWER: No, this does not cover Algebra 2. Reply
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 Jacqueline K on Jun 3, 2017
 Purchased on Nov 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, this does not cover Algebra 2. Reply
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 Jacqueline K on Jun 3, 2017
 Purchased on Nov 12, 2015
Vote for the best answer above!Would you consider the Key to Algebra books a full Algebra course for nonmath students?Nathan T on Feb 6, 2016BEST ANSWER: I would say that it gets the student 85 to 90% of the way there because it clearly and simply teaches the language of Algebra. If a student is going on to Algebra 2 it would be wise to supplement it with something a little more hard core ( not common core) that will challenge him or her after learning the basics. I consider Key to Algebra series an excellent confidence builder. Reply
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 Ann K on Feb 10, 2016
 Purchased on Jan 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say that it gets the student 85 to 90% of the way there because it clearly and simply teaches the language of Algebra. If a student is going on to Algebra 2 it would be wise to supplement it with something a little more hard core ( not common core) that will challenge him or her after learning the basics. I consider Key to Algebra series an excellent confidence builder. Reply
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 Ann K on Feb 10, 2016
 Purchased on Jan 8, 2016
I'm not a certified teacher but my degree is in Computer Science, and I had to take a lot of advanced math. I use the Keys to Algebra workbooks to strengthen my nonmath daughter's skills. I would not consider these a full Algebra course because each page focuses on a particular skill with no tiein from one skill to the other. They don't include much in the way of explanations, but mostly examples. I think the Algebra student needs to be shown and practice "story problem" which include using more than one Algebra technique or skill. My first choice for any student to learn Algebra would be to use a tutor/teacher so that dialogue can occur and questions can be answered. My second choice would be a program like Teaching Textbooks. Most college majors require at least passing College Algebra, which might be difficult if a fullfledged Algebra course hasn't been taken. Blessings! Reply
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 Melissa W on Feb 13, 2016
 Purchased on Oct 16, 2015
I'm not sure what is meant by nonmath student. If the student is ready for algebra concepts this is a good one to choose. Having the answers actually worked out in the answer key, not just a list of answers is really helpful. It helps see where the mistake was made or if the problem was set up right in the first place. Having a small workbook at a time is not so overwhelming as a large textbook for the year. It gives a visual closure to having mastered different concepts. Having a number of completions can be better than only one when a typical textbook is finished. I noticed toward the end of the series when most of the concepts were learned one could skip a book and be successful with the next. My student got bogged down in book 8 so we moved on to book 9. Math cycles around and perhaps the readiness level will be there next time. Reply
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 Gail M on Feb 7, 2016
 Purchased on Aug 19, 2015
Key to Algebra covers all the essential topics of a first year of high school algebra. It is designed to be used by an intelligent and motivated student with no real background in algebra or prealgebra. I think it is well written. However, it is always difficult for people who are naturally good at math to assess what will work for people who are not. Reply
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 Allan B on Feb 6, 2016
 Purchased on Dec 26, 2015
Yes, I would consider this a full Algebra course for nonmath students. I chose to purchase this after reading a review from the prominent reviewer, Cathy Duffy. I would encourage you to consult her book or website for further information. Reply
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 Jacqueline K on Feb 6, 2016
 Purchased on Nov 12, 2015
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