I find the word problems therein well, intense. What's worse, I am not a naturally mathy person, and I hate that they provide no clue how the problem is to be approached. Are we to use the bar method (completely unnatural to me, but OK)? Construct an equation with the smallest unknown as X? I am using 4A Intensive practice with the 4A Standards curriculum (with which we have no trouble with). We are also making our way through BA and are up to 3C currently. I rather want to skip the darned Intensive Practice but do not wish to be accused of shortcutting math.
If you use Intensive Practice, how do you approach it?