Its never too early for students to start mastering algebraic skills. These skills are important building blocks for competency in math. Critical concepts dealing with operations and simple algebraic methods are explored, including addition and subtraction techniques, simple word problems, and decomposing numbers. Helpful images engage readers, and accessible text makes each skill easy for them to understand. A cool bug collection helps readers tackle addition word problems in an engaging, creative manner. Adhering to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the text is written to address standard K.OA.A.2.