This is my favorite fractions curriculum but the series is not limited to fractions only.
Joely has long been fascinated with fractions. So now that she's doing Singapore Math 3, and she's got a good handle on multiplication and division, I've finally pulled out the big guns — in my opinion one of the best fractions curriculums on the market, Key To Fractions.
About the Key to…Series
With the Key to…Series, each topic is covered in about 3 or 4 self-teaching workbooks, except for Key to Geometry with 8 and Key to Algebra with 10. Each workbook is about 37 pages in length, and each page is printed simply in black and white, with very little extraneous decoration.
But the greatest strength of the Key to… Series is that it doesn't just explain the concept and then require the student to complete several related problems. Instead, the student discovers the concept as it's presented sequentially and concretely, one step at a time. There are no giant leaps in concepts. The child gains a solid understanding of each concept, not because he's memorized the rules, but because he's seen concretely what it means and how it works.
Joely started on the Key to Fractions series this last week. The first workbook covers fraction concepts, then workbooks 2 through 4 cover multiplying and dividing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, and mixed numbers. In addition to the workbooks, we own the answer keys, but there are reproducible tests as well.
The Key to Fractions series is an excellent way to teach your child about fractions, or to review fractions concepts for an older student. Most math curriculums spread fractions concepts across several units, and often different grade levels, but Key to Fractions curriculum includes all the concepts in one easy-to-use, self-teaching curriculum, making it a great way to help your child see the whole picture about fractions.
Have you used the Key To…Series in your homeschool before? What's your experience?