AIMS Looking at Lines Review

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If you are looking for something different in a math or science program, consider using one of the many resources from the AIMS Education Foundation.  

AIMS is a non-profit foundation with plenty of hands-on fun & motivating educational experiences to offer. 

I have to admit, math and science have never been my favorite subjects. More often than not, I find it a bit challenging to teach it to my children, especially in a way that they understand. What might make perfect sense to me, just isn't getting through to them and then we all end up frustrated and ready to call it quits for the day week (who am I kidding?) YEAR.

We have been reviewing Looking at Lines for grades 6-9, which contains 16 activities in a 232 page soft cover book. This is also available in a pdf download. 

(From the website):
Introduce algebraic concepts in their natural setting with activities drawn from real-world phenomena. Covers three sub-groups of linear functions: proportional relationships, non-proportional relationships with positive slopes, and non-proportional relationships with negative slopes. Includes CD with printable student pages.

This is the perfect blend of math and science for my daughter who loves both subjects and whom can never seem to get enough of the experiments and activities. We have quite a home library of materials and I was surprised to find that most of the activities included in Looking at Lines are not in any of them! On the other hand, it is also the perfect series for my two other children who pretty much hate math and science (in no particular order) because the lessons are F-U-N and interesting. More importantly for ME is that they are easy to teach in a way that my children will understand and rather than leaving them frustrated, it leaves them wanting to know more.

One of the things that makes AIMS stand out from the rest, is their extensive use of real-life situations presented as the building blocks of teaching linear function concepts. The main reason that I "unschool" 2 of my older children and my preschooler, is because they learn best being taught by "real life" situations and knowing how they can be applied to their daily life. I think AIMS has hit the nail on the head with this one! The fact that they encourage children to "learn by doing" makes this the perfect company for us. Rather than dreading future lessons, I am looking forward to working our way through the rest of the book. Perhaps I can come to love like math after all?

Explore the AIMS approach for yourself by downloading a free sample lesson or visit their online store to see all that they have to offer.

Check out other TOS Crew reviews to see what they had to say about AIMS Education Foundation.



Under the Sky said...

This is the first review on Looking at Lines I have seen and because I did not review it, I was really curious to see what it was all about and how it was used. This was a great explanation! Thanks for doing such a complete job here.

I appreciate it!

Love the background of your blog - such a happy place to read. :)