My oldest is in 8th grade and we are using Art of Problem Solving's Algebra 1 this year. I choose it because it is challenging. DD has always done well in math. However, this year her confidence is really lacking. While I appreciate the format of the text and the way the problems go beyond "regurgitation" of a process, I think that she is needing more of the plug and chug style than this book is offering. For example, we are currently working with lines. There are several equations that she is working with; they are all related. (standard form, point/slope form, and slope/intercept form). The exercises usually include 3 problems that seem like a typical algebra book. Then there are 3 or 4 that go deeper. Usually, she can get 2 or 3 of the deeper ones. She does usually get the 3 typical ones correct. However, it isn't enough to make her feel like she has a grasp on it. She is worried that in a week or two (when we have moved to a new unit) that she will no longer remember what it was that we were doing. Right now she says that she uses too much brain energy deciding which formula is relevant. I realize that learning something new can literally make your brain exhausted, but I think we should be getting enough practice so that by the end of the unit, she isn't always feeling that way.
So, enough rambling. . . my question: is there a place (online or a workbook to buy) that would be a source of extra algebra problems. I know where to get extra work for all the earlier math, but I haven't found a place for algebra. I end up making things up myself--which is honestly time consuming and I sometimes want the problems to come out with a nice, clean answer instead of what my random numbers create. If there isn't a quick solution, what are the other algebra programs out there that seem good? I never cared for Saxon, but maybe I should revisit it. Is their algebra as tight of a spiral as their 6/5.
Finally, if we move on to Geometry next year (typical in our area to do Algebra 1, Geometry, and then Algebra 2), I am not sure if I will use Art of Problem Solving again. What are some decent Geometry curriculums?