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Sunday, April 15, 2012

AIMS–Looking at Lines


AIMS Education Foundation is a non-profit foundation driven to produce exceptional math and science experiences. Activities are hands on, captivating, motivating and fun.

We were able to try out Looking at Lines, which is part of the Algebraic Thinking Series. Ben is just at the level of the activities in this book. Sarah has completed Algebra I. So the way we used this book was as a review for Sarah and a teaching tool with Ben. I supervised while Sarah taught the lessons to Ben. They had a great time working together.

The activities were very well explained in the teacher portion. Sarah was able to read the teacher portions and then explain them to Ben. They constructed the hands on activities with no problems. Ben’s favorite was Algebraic Ups and Downs in which they constructed a paper elevator to explain how an elevator works as well as graphing the equation. Ben was so proud of being able to explain his elevator and the equation behind it, he took it to Cub Scouts to show his Den Leader who happens to be an engineer. He was quite impressed with the activity.

We used this book mainly as a supplement to our regular math program. Sarah would do one activity a week with Ben as a fun Friday activity.

We had the physical book to try. In the book each activity has teacher explanations and student pages. The CD, which is included with the book, contains all the student pages making it easy to print off as many copies as needed. A few supplies are needed to complete each activity. These were not hard to obtain, mainly tape, paper clips, drinking straws scissors.

We liked the AIMS book Looking at Lines. The explanations were easy to follow and the student pages were fun and engaging. Ben learned algebra concepts while Sarah had her knowledge of algebra strengthened. 


Many other Crew Members reviewed the Looking at Lines book as well as other titles. Visit the Crew Blog and read what they thought of the books they reviewed.

Disclaimer:  As an Independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse and member of TOS Homeschool Crew I received a the book Looking at Lines for free from AIMS Education Foundation in exchange for my honest review of their product. All opinions given are mine and/or my children’s

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