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Hands On Equations Verbal Problems Book

I had a really nice blog post about the Hands-On Equations Verbal Problems Book written in my head several days ago, but I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to type up in up right now. Bruce woke up sick a couple of nights ago, and it was pretty awful. He’s feeling a lot better now and holding down food and fluids. He’s also pretty psyched because I finally relented and downloaded “Angry Birds” on his Kindle to aid in his recuperation.

As for the rest of us, nobody else has gotten sick, but I did have to call out Stanley Steamer in the middle of a snowstorm to come clean the upstairs carpet. Sorry, that probably qualifies as TMI, but I thought it a reflection on the state of our local economy that you could have people show up within the hour in the middle of so much snow. They must be hurting for business right now.  Bruce’s room is all put back together now, and smelling a lot better. 🙂

But back to my blog post, before Bruce got sick he was on a four-day MLK weekend. One of the days we played “Solve for X”, (our name for HOE), and finished Lesson 10. Bruce wanted to play some more, so I introduced him to the first ten problems from the Verbal book.

The Verbal Problems Book is money well spent! It starts out really easy with problems that my son is able to do in his head, and quickly moves to more difficult problems that require several readings, lots of critical thinking, and manual set-up with the HOE game pieces.

The Verbal Problems Book is organized into Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 type problems. Level 3 is hard enough that it made me start to have flashbacks from my High School Academic League Team. The difference was, now I can picture the HOE game pieces in my head and it is a lot easier to solve those types of complex algebraic word problems.

I went ahead and divided our Verbal Problems Book into 41 lessons by level of difficulty. These 41 lessons will probably take Bruce a couple of years to complete at least. Here’s a picture of lesson 41, so you can see for yourself what this book progresses into:

Impressed? I sure the heck am! Once again I am left wishing that I could go back in time and learn algebra this way. Dr. Borenson, you are amazing!


  1. Nicol says:

    HOE is fantastic! I had to head over the website and very impressed! I am always making notes of curriculum ideas to help my daughter. She is 4 years old and will officially enter school this coming fall. She is already working on a 1st grade level and I want to keep it up. Education is very important to me. I’m excited to find your blog and see some of the ideas that you are using. I also have a 2 yr old. She knows her ABC’s. I used a video called ‘Meet the Letters’. We’re now onto Letter Factory. 🙂

    • jenbrdsly says:

      Thank you for your comment! Bruce’s Kindle is out of juice at the moment, but I think that “Meet the Letter’s is the third video that I put on there. Does it have a slot machine style C-V-C word part in the middle, and a green E that looks like an elf? I really like that one too. I need to write a blog post about it.

      • Nicol says:

        Yes, all the letters start as the typical black type and then go to a fun character. It will only say the letter name and nothing else. And lastly it will show it in the black type again. I love that it shows the uppercase and lowercase and says nothing other than the letter name. It does drive me crazy after a while, but I know that my 2 year old has picked up on her letters. My oldest daughter, now 4 1/2 knew her letters and letter sounds by age 2.

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