When my children did pre-algebra, we used Access to Algebra and Geometry by Addison Wesley. At the time, it was the book recommended by Sonlight. Now there are many more options for homeschooling families. It's great to have so many things to choose from! But sometimes cost is a huge issue. Sometimes you don't need something "new and improved" with all the bells and whistles. Sometimes you just need a math book! Since this is an older book now, it's very cheap, but we really did love it. Even though I used it during my first year homeschooling, I still found it easy to use. Pre-algebra was an easy subject for me, but I think if you can "solve for x" in simple equations like "5 times x = 10" then you should be OK. It does have a solution manual available.
The book has lots of pictures, which I suppose might be outdated now. It had a nice math review during each chapter. It was easy to teach, easy to understand, and both of my boys did well with it.
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