**by Lynn Marecek and MaryAnne Anthony-Smith**

Hi! We are excited to introduce *Foundations of Algebra with Strategies for Success* and *Prealgebra with Strategies for Success* to you!

*Foundations of Algebra with Strategies for Success* is a manuscript being used right now in the Prealgebra classes at Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon Colleges. It provides students with a bridge between arithmetic and beginning algebra. Student understanding of algebraic concepts is supported through the use of manipulative activities called *Manipulative Mathematics*. Students’ literacy in written English and fluency with mathematical vocabulary are addressed through *Links to Literacy* activities. And every lesson in *Foundations of Algebra with Strategies for Success* includes a pro-active study skills activity, which we call *Strategies for Success*.

Designed with a heavier emphasis on arithmetic concepts and procedures, *Prealgebra with Strategies for Success* can meet the needs of college students in their first developmental mathematics course. *Manipulative Mathematics*, *Links to Literacy*, and *Strategies for Success* are integrated throughout *Prealgebra*.

*Foundations of Algebra with Strategies for Success* and *Prealgebra with Strategies for Success* will be available in early 2014 from Pearson Higher Education.

The *Strategies for Success* student workbook is now available from Pearson Higher Education. Check their website ( PearsonHigherEd ) for information about ordering it as a standalone workbook or as part of a textbook package.

Click on the *Manipulative Mathematics*, *Links to Literacy*, or *Strategies for Success* links on the menu bar above to learn more about these unique features of *Foundations of Algebra with Strategies for Success* and *Prealgebra with Strategies for Success*.

I have a math class at Santa Ana College which uses your book. The last chapter (10) where we deal with graphs is difficult, because the graphs on the answers page are small and I can only see barely where the line goes thru the numbers with a magnifying glass (I already wear glasses). The graphs need to be made larger, after a while you get frustrated from all the squinting you have to do when you are checking to see if you answer is correct.

I’m sorry you had to squint to read the graphs. We were trying to fit as many graphs as possible on a page to keep the total page count of the book from getting even larger.

I really seem to go along with everything that is put into writing throughout “Foundations of

Algebra | Prealgebra with Strategies for Success”. I am grateful for pretty much all the

information.I appreciate it-Curt

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