Its never too early for students to start mastering algebraic skills. They 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. Readers follow along as Jacob practices subtraction with a variety of familiar objects. Standard K.OA.A.1 of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is specifically highlighted.