Uncle Dan’s Algebra

#1 ALGEBRA—- “Algebra Videos and Free Workbook”,

We are homeschool parents of 8 kids – 6 down, 2 to go. My wife and I have been teaching both inside and outside of schools for over 20 years.

I have prepared a series of videos that teaches ALGEBRA and is specifically designed for homeschooling. I would like to invite you to visit my web site: http://www.homespun4homeschoolers.com

And I would be happy to e-mail a copy of my 180-page “Algebra Workbook” file as a “free gift” to anyone who so requests by e-mailing me at: uncledan@homespun4homeschoolers.com

The “Workbook” shows exactly what is covered in the video course, but is a valuable tool in itself and a great “freebie”.


Dan Suttin

P.S. “Uncle Dan’s Algebra” has been reviewed by Cindy Prechtel of “Home Schooling from the Heart”. To read review, visit: http://www.homeschoolingfromtheheart.com/hsreviews_October2003.html

NEWSFLASH: Uncle Dan’s Algebra is now available on DVD as well as VHS videocassettes.


#2 – “The OCTA-TETRA Construction Set”

Subject: “The OCTA-TETRA Construction Set – Free Instruction Booklet”

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The “OCTA-TETRA Construction Set” is a hands-on, low-tech, geometric building set for kids 10 years old and on upwards. It teaches 3-D geometry, design principles, the discovery process, manual dexterity, and more and more.

NEWSFLASH: I was at the “CHN Family Expo” in Riverside, California on June10-11, 2005, leading an OCTA-TETRA activity for teens and pre-teens. My “OCTA-TETRA Construction Set” had made the front cover of the April/May issue of CHN Magazine, and OCTA-TETRA was a big hit at the Expo with kids building models non-stop over the course of the 2-day event.

OCTA-TETRA had made its official debut in May of 2004 at the “Rethinking Education Conference” in Dallas. Hundreds saw the spectacular OCTA-TETRA demonstration model as it developed there in the lobby of the Harvey Hotel. One after another, first they said, “Wow!”, and then after a closer look, they said, “Cool!”

First visit: http://familyclassroom.net/hsboys/articles/octa-tetra.html for an introduction to “The OCTA-TETRA Club”. This page was made over three years ago; the project has progressed by light-years since then.

See also: www.homespun4hhomeschoolers.com

If you would like to receive the Free “Instruction Booklet”, just e-mail me at: uncledan@homespun4homeschoolers.com and request that I e-mail you the “OCTA-TETRA Instruction Booklet” files. It’s so much more than just an instruction booklet; you get to come right along with me as I proceed by trial and error, finding out what will work or not work, making the impossible to be possible. Who would think one could make cutting-edge discoveries in today’s hi-tech world using only paper and paper clips?

Pieces are now available for ordering. I have purchased the “Accu-Cut” die-cutting machine to make pre-cut and pre-scored pieces. Sections 17 and 18 of the “Instruction Booklet” are the “Catalog and Price List” and explain how much the pieces will cost, and show how many pieces are needed to build particular models, what would be needed for a “starter set” on up to a “super-duper builder set”. Section 20 contains information about the shipping costs and also has the “Order Form”. Section 21 contains important updates concerning the kind of paper clips to use, and also about the best way to fold the OCTA-TETRA pieces. Once you have read through Section 21, you are ready to order.

I wanted to remind everyone that I have set the minimum age at about 10 or 11. This is because I have found that younger children generally don’t have the patience and skill to be able to slip the paper clips properly into place. Even some older children might find it difficult. Perhaps you might want to practice a bit with some paper clips and paper at home even before ordering. I just don’t want any of the kids to feel frustrated because they finally got the pieces and then found they didn’t yet have the skill to assemble them.

Having said that, now I want to emphasize the “Up” part of “10 and Up”. It’s the 13-year-olds, the 16-year-olds, the college students, the moms, the dads, and the grandparents that are going to really explode with OCTA-TETRA and build those really advanced models. It ain’t just for kids.

Welcome aboard,


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