The answer to the math question "What were the headlines after a mad scientist trained two eggs to attack a candy store with sharp sticks?" is "Eggs spear a mint!".
Algebra is an abstract language. Success with algebra involves understanding the symbols and grammar of algebra, as well as the concepts of algebra. But students have different learning styles. Some students may need a concrete, hands-on approach. Some do well even with an abstract approach, provided it is presented clearly and logically.
Check out some tips on how to help kids and adults who struggle with algebra at Howtolearn.com.