A Fraction's Goal-Parts of A Whole is a special treasure I found on Overdrive (my library's eBook and audiobook collection). That makes this more of a recommendation than a review.
This is a picture book in rhyme that very casually teaches a concept that many children fear: fractions.
Starring colorful cats and bold colors, the book takes a playful approach to teaching math ideas.
I checked this book out to read to my 3rd grader, though my 4th grader enjoyed it as well. Later I caught them "playing" math by making fractions of random things like stuffed animals, shoes, and paper shapes they made. They even polled each other about their favorite things and made fractions and pie charts of the results.
In my opinion, books that get results like this are worth sharing. Education shouldn't be a fight. This book made an important lesson effortless and fun. A Fraction's Goal- Parts of A Whole would also be a great fit for cat-lovers using Kitty-Doodle's Homeschooling Curriculum.
Thankfully, this book is part of a whole series of books that teach math with a kid-friendly, picture book approach. The series includes:
The books are written by Brian P. Cleary and Illustrated by Brian Gable. If you aren't familiar with this author I challenge you to check out his work. He also has a series covering grammar. They're lots of fun. These book belong in your learning library!
Be sure to visit his website too. You'll find printables, games and teacher tools. It's worth the visit.
Of course, my admiration entitles this book to a five star rating and a recommendation I hope you'll take.
I also encourage you to check out your library's eBook lending system. There's no telling what treasures you may find there.
There are a few really great freebies available to homeschoolers right now. Though I don't have the pleasure of making them, I do have the joy of sharing them. Don't miss these goodies!
Thinking Tree is giving away:
75 Reasons To Believe In God: A Wordless Book of Evidence For A Designer, Creator & Giver of Life
You can download the PC version in PDF containing 79 pages of vibrant color photos of animals, landscapes and life forms that will take your breath away. In full-color print, this book sells for $19.50.
You can also download the full eBook of Picturing The Past which is a stunning collection of classic painting. This book sells in print for $27 and it's a great price at that. Downloading it for free is an amazing blessing! Grab it!
If you want to include art discussion in your homeschool but could not afford stunning printables, just use your screen. No excuses.
Continue your art fix with beautiful fine art pages by Enrichment Studies free to download. Download Girls in Art Fine Art Pages and receive 9 gorgeous classic images to discuss and admire.
Save them on a flash drive and take them to the printer. They're begging for a frame.
One more freebie to share and, though it is not exclusive to homeschoolers, I think it's worth mentioning here.
Kristal Norton is hosting a free online art journaling class for beginners. If this is a way that you or your students might enjoy expressing themselves, go sign up and learn some great techniques to expand your creativity and give voice to your inner thoughts in a personal and colorful way.
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