Elementary Algebra is generalized form of arithmetic. It provides a language to represent problems and functions. Algebraic thinking is also one of the first forms of abstract thinking that students develop in mathematics. It is most critical to understand what mental model your child has established and then look to mould and correct that model giving different examples. Lets look at some of the common gotchas of algebraic learning.
LOVE this idea for teaching translating expressions into words....post different expressions around room, give each group diff color marker and have them write unique translations for each. Genius way to make this lesson more fun!!