I felt like this series did an excellent job of allowing the student to review key elements of Algebra I, and it was not overwhelming. I allowed my student to review all sheets with me prior to beginning his work in each book. Then he worked through the workbook using the answer key to check his work as he went in order to make sure that he was not caught in the cycle of incorrectly working through multiple problems. Once he had finished the book, my student took each test and did quite well throughout. Good resource!
Step by step, ease your way into algebra without confusion or the stress of a poorly laid out page. This book starts at the beginning and works gently into algebra so kids who think math is easy and kids who are intimidated by math can both enjoy the process of learning algebra. We have one of each, so it was a blessing to find it!
We really like the Key to Mathematics series. We've used all of the topics except the geometry. These affordable books are just as effective as the pricier programs. The main difference is that each book covers ONE topic. There's no 'spiral' review built in, however, each topic builds on the last.
We love that the student can work independently, and that it encourages a true understanding of math with small steps and lots of simple line drawings. These books are black and white, and each individual book is short and not overwhelming.
I would recommend the algebra series:
-as an intro for advanced younger students,
-as a complete course for math-challenged kids who don't need a rigorous program for college, or
-as a review/explanation for kids who are stuck on a specific topic (ie trinomials). The individual books make it easy to get exactly what you need.