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Rock 'N Learn Beginning Fractions & Decimals

Rock 'N Learn Beginning Fractions & Decimals

Spring 2003 Home Video
Ages: 8 & Up
VHS Price: $14.99
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.
Ann Oldenburg   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, a freelance writer and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, writes about television, celebrities and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She is the co-author of a travel guide book titled The Dog Lover's Companion to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, with her husband, Don Oldenburg, a former Washington Post writer. She and Don, who have three sons, live in McLean, Va.

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