Animated characters, music, and lots of humor help students learn about fractions and decimals. Covers congruent parts, equivalent fractions, proper and improper fractions, mixed numerals, decimals, and more. Well-explained and clearly illustrated examples ensure that even difficult concepts are easy to grasp. Delayed answers give learners time to test their skills.
Try coming up with a song that explains congruent fractions. It's not easy! However, this video proves it can be done. Using big-eyed animated characters, three children named Francis Fraction, Newman Numerator and Dennis Denominator, the lesson/program covers fractions and decimals in a way that actually makes it easy and fun. Examples challenge the viewer to reinforce the lesson. Suddenly my 7-year-old son and I were taking turns yelling out the answers. 'Four-fifths!' 'One-third!' If your kids aren't picking up the concept of fractions from their school lessons, or they have no interest, or maybe you just want them to get a head start, try turning to Francis, Newman and Dennis. The Rock 'N Learn series is an effective way to learn. The best part: if you don't get it the first time, re-wind the video and try again. --Parents' Choice Recommended, 2003