# What is Algebra For Kids

At Algebra for Kids, our goal is to provide quality mathematical materials for parents, teachers, and students, including games, written materials, training, and enrichment.

After several years of offering math materials, we began to see a need for broadening, connecting, deepening, and elevating how children learned math from the elementary years. So in 1995, we started a math camp called the Summer Algebra Institute for Kids (SAI).

SAI is an enrichment program that uses algebra to unify and connect mathematics for children. One of SAI’s strengths is that we show young students how algebra illustrates several “grand ideas” that unify and connect math across grades and across topics.

SAI is, as far as we know, unique in the United States. Families and children come to St. Paul, Minnesota, to attend SAI from as far away as Texas and Washington.

“After years of resistance, my daughter came home saying, ‘Math is cool.’ Thanks so much!”

**Award-Winning Math Games!**

At Algebra for Kids, we carry games that have won numerous “Game of the Year” awards from organizations such as:

- Games Magazine
- MENSA
- Learning Magazine
- Dr. Toy
- Parents’ Choice
- The National Parenting Council
- And others!

“Math games should be a deliberate, purposeful part of your child’s learning. Math games add variety, motivation, context, and fun to both basic fact practice and conceptual understanding.”

– Bob Hazen, Algebra for Kids founder, from the “Math Games Seminar”

**Helpful Math Resources**

Algebra for Kids also provides additional services through workshops, staff development, written materials such as the booklet “Math Games to Supplement Any Math Curriculum,” and the quarterly SAI newsletter, Variables