I was going over my son's math homework, and I noticed that the work they're doing isn't just pre-algebra, but the type of work I learned in Algebra I at the very least, and possibly Algebra II.

He's in fourth grade. I had absolutely no idea they started it this early. I was in the higher level math class in school, and we didn't start pre-algebra until 6-7th grade.

Is this typical for schools? I am genuinely curious. It just shocked me a bit that they're moving so quickly through math.

*"What is a man, if chief good, and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more." *Hamlet

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Quoting KairisMama:

PEMDAS is very common for 4 th grade, even 3 rd may be exposed.

Well, that's good to hear.

What about Algebra I and II level math?

*"What is a man, if chief good, and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more." *Hamlet

I was surprised that my daughter had the term "commutative property" in her third grade math book, but kids start learning "algebra" in kindy or first grade.

Johnny has two apples and his friend gives him three apples. How many apples does he have? Five apples.

That's the same as...

2x + 3x = 5x

Quoting Cymbeline:I was going over my son's math homework, and I noticed that the work they're doing isn't just pre-algebra, but the type of work I learned in Algebra I at the very least, and possibly Algebra II. He learned about PEMDAS in the beginning of the year.

He's in fourth grade. I had absolutely no idea they started it this early. I was in the higher level math class in school, and we didn't start pre-algebra until 6-7th grade.

Is this typical for schools? I am genuinely curious. It just shocked me a bit that they're moving so quickly through math.

Quoting MichelleSw:Kindergarten here! Bump!

Quoting Cymbeline:

Pre-algebra, yes, but not high school level. Lol

Quoting MichelleSw:Kindergarten here! Bump!

sorry LOL I meant all I have is a Kindergartener LMAO

I've seen that, and that's a good prelude to algebra. I had to edit this because I read your reply incorrectly at first. I was attempting to walk and read on mobile at the same time; I'm not the most coordinated person, so that wasn't a good idea. lol

I have found out, though, that they're moving the advanced classes now faster than they have in the past. He had done this level of math in gifted last year, but this is the first I've seen it in the classroom.

I suddenly feel old

Quoting honeyrder:I was surprised that my daughter had the term "commutative property" in her third grade math book, but kids start learning "algebra" in kindy or first grade.

Johnny has two apples and his friend gives him three apples. How many apples does he have? Five apples.

That's the same as...

2x + 3x = 5x

Quoting Cymbeline:I was going over my son's math homework, and I noticed that the work they're doing isn't just pre-algebra, but the type of work I learned in Algebra I at the very least, and possibly Algebra II. He learned about PEMDAS in the beginning of the year.

He's in fourth grade. I had absolutely no idea they started it this early. I was in the higher level math class in school, and we didn't start pre-algebra until 6-7th grade.

Is this typical for schools? I am genuinely curious. It just shocked me a bit that they're moving so quickly through math.

*"What is a man, if chief good, and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more." *Hamlet

I suppose I just found it off that they were doing more involved algebra in 4th grade.

It makes me feel a bit old; things have changed quite a bit.

Quoting momtolittleg:

Algebraic thinking is a common core math standard. Kids use algebra as early as Kindergarten: 2 + ___ = 6. You just typically don't see ideas like have letters to represent the unknown until middle school.

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- Cymbeline

on Dec. 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM