Making Algebra Child’s Play

July 23, 2014
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  Dr. Henry Borenson
Inventor of Hands-On Equations



“Your child has a much greater capacity to learn math than he or she ever thought possible! And I can prove it.” – H. Borenson
Learning algebra is critical for student success in school and work in any technical field. But there is another reason for students to begin learning real algebra at an early age. When an 8-year old can understand and solve algebraic equations that are not normally presented until the 7th or 8th grade, the student feels EMPOWERED.

Empowerment is critical.  We cannot succeed in any endeavor if we think “It’s beyond me” or “It’s not in my genes”. It’s not just kids. Many adults think, “I am simply not good at math. Neither were my parents.”

When an 8- to 10-year old child succeeds with algebra, a whole new mental landscape opens up. The child sees that he or she has a far greater capacity to succeed in math then they ever thought possible. This change in self-perception is the single greatest benefit of using Hands-On Equations. Algebraic equations and verbal problems no longer cause an immediate mental block. Instead, the student now knows that he or she has the skills to tackle the problems and be successful. (Hands-On Equations is equally valuable for middle school and older students as well, particularly if they have had difficulty with traditional approaches to algebra.)
Eric, age 8, solves this algebraic equation.


Consider an equation such as 4x + 5 = 2x + 13. Here is Eric, age 8, solving the problem in this video solution. (He is showing the solution on the Teacher’s Demonstration Scale, which is not part of the Hands-On Equations Deluxe Home Set. However, it is easier to see the solution that way.) As you watch the video you will get the sense that Eric understands every step of the solution process. There is nothing about this equation or its solution that Eric finds mysterious.

That is the key! Our goal is to enable students to see that math makes sense. It is logical. It is not a set of rules to memorize without knowing where those rules come from or what they mean. And, amazing as it sounds, Eric learned to solve this equation in just three lessons! This is testimony to the remarkable teaching methods developed by Dr. Henry Borenson, who received a patent for Hands-On Equations.

 FREE 45 Minute Intro Webinar

You are encouraged to participate in a FREE Hands-On Equations Introductory Webinar. The next one is scheduled for Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EDT.


Hands-On Equations Deluxe Home Set: 25% off


The Hands-On Equations Deluxe Home Set is ideal for home use. It includes the Hands-On Equations Instructional Video Manual (from which the above video clip was taken).  Every one of the 25 lessons of Hands-On Equations will be demonstrated for you or your child by either Eric, Molly (age 11) or Dr. Borenson.
Also included in the Deluxe Home Set is the Introductory Verbal Problems Workbook, which contains some 80 verbal problems. For example, problem #61 asks, “The length and width of a rectangle are 2x and x + 1, respectively. If the perimeter of the rectangle is 38, how long is each side?” Using two pawns to represent the length and a pawn and 1-cube to represent the width, we can consider the semi-perimeter of 19 to get the equation 2x + x + 1 = 19, where x is the name of the pawn.
Solution to Verbal Problem


Here is a video of Sarah, age 8, solving an advanced verbal problem: “Five times a number, decreased by 2, is the same as twice the number, increased by 7. Find the number.” Notice that she first represents the problem using the pawns and cubes of Hands-On Equations, and then proceeds to solve the problem. (This particular problem is taken from the Hands-On Equations Verbal Problems Book, which has more advanced problems on all three levels of Hands-On Equations. Once your child has completed all the verbal problems in the Hands-On Equations Introductory Verbal Problems Workbook you may wish to consider moving him or her into the challenging set of problems found in this book.)
The Hands-On Equations Deluxe Home Set is on sale for $69.95. However, if you enter the special code HM1234 prior to August 31, 2014, you will receive a 25% discount on this product or on any other product listed for learning at home at the borenson website.
Free Bonus!
Developing Fractions Sense Starter Kit


In addition you will receive this FREE BONUS: Developing Fractions Sense Starter Set, which is normally $4.95. This bonus includes a set of elegant plastic fraction pattern blocks as well as eight fractions starter activities to use with your child. An example activity is “If a toy train travels 2 2/3 feet per minute, how far does it travel in three minutes?” Here is a video of an 8 year old showing how she knows that a third of a half is a sixth.
Explaining why a 1/3 of a half is a sixth.


Developing Fractions Sense Webinars for Educators of Grades 3 and 4


If you are a 3rd- or 4th-grade classroom teacher, you may wish to register for one of our in-depth fraction webinars which provides teachers with a strong conceptual understanding of fractions and a better understanding of the Common Core fractions standards. Fee and registration information can be found here. The code HM1234 will provide you with a 20% discount on the registration fee.

You may download the Fun Way to Learn Algebra app for free for your IOS, Android or Kindle Device at the App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore. Hands-On Equations 1, 2 and 3 are also available.

For more information about Borenson math products and workshops, please visit the website at or take a look at this brochure.