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The Hands-On Equations Learning System Review by Dr. Heather Allen

Borenson and Associates
P.O. Box 3328
Allentown, PA 18106
(800) 993-6284 or (610) 398-6908

The Hands-On Equations Learning System is a visual and kinesthetic teaching system for introducing algebraic concepts to students in 3rd through 8th grades. Supposedly, the patented teaching system developed by Dr. Henry Borenson, enables children, as early as 3rd grade, to access algebraic concepts normally presented in the 7th through 9th grades. My first thought was, let's round up the kids, put on the course Instructional VideoManual, and see what happens.

That's just what I did. I sat three children, ages 5, 9 and 11 in front of the television and fired it up. After an initial groan or two when it was discovered that they were about to watch something educational, the room became quiet. These children were glued to this video watching the demonstrator present problems and solutions.

My 11 year old was in control of the remote so he stopped the video each time a new problem was given. He and his 9 year old brother worked the problem independently, then compared answers, and then started the video rolling to see if their answer jived with the one presented. I was amazed. They loved the video, the manner of instruction, and solving these problems. We completed the first 5 of 26 lessons before taking a break. What fun. What an education in just a few short minutes.

When we turned the video off, my 81-year old mother said, "Is that all we get to see?" I had no idea she was also watching and working the problems. She held up her paper and announced that she hadn't missed one yet. The only one who was totally unenthused about this product was my five year old, but then Dr. Borenson wasn't gearing his system to 5-year olds. I considered our home test of this product a total success.

If you're interested in teaching your children fundamental algebraic concepts, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Hands-On Equations. Also, if you're one of those people who is terrified of the thought of teaching algebra to your children, this is the product for you. Please consider Hands-On Equations when preparing to teach basic algebraic concepts.

-- Product Review by: Dr. Heather W. Allen, Senior Analyst, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine