Wednesday, July 25, 2012
This month, I used Fractions with my 12 year old son. We used another math curriculum this year, but didn't quite finish. I had to return the curriculum to a friend (it was borrowed) and I wondered how I'd fill in the gaps with the fractions skills. This was a good tool to help him practice identifying fractions in an illustration, writing them in their simplest form, identifying equivalent fractions, mixed numbers, improper practions and so forth. We haven't had a chance to work through the entire book yet, but it goes all the way to reciprocals and dividing fractions.
I also reviewed one of the selections from their Book/DVD sets. Mine was "Mastering Essential Math Skills: Pre-Algebra Concepts". The make-up of the workbook is the same as the rest of the books. The DVD, however, has a live professor (the creator of the company, "America's Math Teacher, Richard W. Fisher"). He has a pleasant voice and explains things in plain language. There were a few issues with the video lessons for me. First, the initial lesson had 4 minutes and 1 second of nothing but whiteboard on the screen as the professor explained the basics of the program. That's a little much "nothingness" for most students. Maybe some graphics could be added here, or maybe it could be a video of him explaining the housekeeping issues. Also, his written instructions seem to be a tiny bit out of sync with his lecture. There was a 3 or 4 second gap between what he was saying and what appeared on the screen. This might be a bit confusing to some who are struggling to learn the concept.
Go to http://www.mathessentials.net/ to order your copies of this company's product, winners of the Intel Innovations in Teaching Award.
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**I was provided with a copy of the Fractions workbook and a copy of the Pre-Algebra Concepts DVD/workbook set. No other compensation, financial or otherwise, was provided to me for my honest review.
Posted by Kimberly at 5:22 PM