# If you had to start fractions from scratch in 6th grade...

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So, this is my first year homeschooling my son, who is almost 12 and in 6th grade. Most things are going well, but we've really been struggling with math, even after changing programs and trying to make adjustments.

I had a friend who is a long time homeschooler and kind of a math expert work with him yesterday to determine his areas of strength and weakness.

Among other things, she said that his understanding of fractions is very weak and recommended teaching fractions from the very beginning.

So, if you had to start fractions over (or do them for the first time) with a 6th grader, what would you do?

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You might take a look at Key to Fractions. We used their decimal unit when one of my kids just wasn't getting it, and the gentle progression with practice did the trick.

Erica in OR

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Key to Fractions

MUS Epsilon

Mastering Mathematics Factoring Fractions

I would try any of these.

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Key to Fractions and/or a fraction topic book from Math Mammoth, also very incremental but longer and more in-depth.

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The fraction kit from Shiller math could be a good fit if he is more kinesthetic.

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Life of Fred has been a great fit for my dyscalc. DD in regards to fractions. She knew what to do with them, but not why. The stories and examples in LOF helped her to straighten out the meaning behind her actions. (And because of the fun presentation, she never complained about "going backwards" or doing additional math practice)

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Another vote for Key to Fractions. Cheap, starts at the very beginning, teaches through doing, lots of practice, written for older kids.

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We did Key to Fractions here - all the books.

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Is it understanding the why or is it remembering the process or both?  I love Key to Fractions but if his number sense and understanding of the why of fractions is weak, he may need something more like MUS.

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Key to Fractions and/or a fraction topic book from Math Mammoth, also very incremental but longer and more in-depth.

Seconding Math Mammoth
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Seconding Math Mammoth

We use Math Mammoth as our main curriculum and we used the fraction top book to solidify what they had already learned. I love MM, but we did not like the MM fractions topic book. Key to Fractions worked much better for both my boys.

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My daughter used the Key to Fractions workbook set in 6th grade. It helped her immensely. She was tired of fractions by the time she finished it, but she could do them with eyes closed. :-)

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I really like these developmental math books. Scroll down to the last book, which is mostly fractions.

https://www.clp.org/store/by_course/170

Together, all three make a great pre-algebra review.

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Key to Fractions.

Bill

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If he generally does well with math and he just has a bit of a gap in his fractions knowledge, then Key to... or Math Mammoth.

If he struggles then look into Math U See Epsilon

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• 2 weeks later...

Buy fraction games from Amazon.com it's an out of print book that comes with a deck of cards that is used to play games, which start simple)m but get more complicated. The videos are explained thoroughly in a simple but powerful way

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For very very beginning fractions- cooking. Not just following a recipe but doubling and trip paling, halting recipe etc. then cutting up the finished product to share equally amongst differing amounts. After that then do more abstract pencil to paper suggestions mentioned above. In the child's mind they can then relate the wrtiien problem to their cooking

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Key to Fractions. Excellent series. Step-wise, methodical, lots o easy practice, concepts covered a rational order.  Cheap.

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Key to Fractions, Math Mammoth's Fractions books,  or the Spectrum 5 & 6 Fraction books.

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No one has suggested this, but it worked well for DD - Right Brain Fractions. It starts at the very beginning and goes through dividing fractions, I think. It ties the lessons in with stories about Nom and Num (Denominator and Numerator). Its intended for classroom teaching, but I found it very useable. There are many worksheets and paper manipulative to copy. We also diud lots of food fractions, cutting up pizza and such, so much that my 5 year old picked up some of it. This morning I said one piece of pizza wasn't enough for all of us, and he said "It is if we cut it into fifths!"

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