Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Master Innovations- a TOS review

I had the opportunity to review Master Fractions from Master Innovations. I received the one person set which retails for $17.95, the workbooks which retails for $15.95 and I received a bonus poster.

There are videos on how to utilize these products and they can be found here. I have put the video for the fractions below. We have done some fractions so the nice part about these tools is that they reinforced some of what we had already learned. They would also be ideal to travel with. I used these primarily for Andrew to explore. With a dry erase marker you can also highlight sections of the 'books' to help a student understand. I wish we had started with the Master Ruler only because I think that might give me a better understanding on how to use this product.

We 'heart' story problems and the workbook was full of them for multi levels. They were full of 'actual' fraction situations.

I don't think this is a stand alone product, at least for us, but it is a nice manipulative. I am supplementing with many other fraction 'hands on' items as well as many living books. A favorite book I picked up at random at the library is Fractions, Decimals and Percents by David A. Adler. It is a slightly higher level than some of the basic fraction books out there. A great book to go along with this product might be The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins. (Cookies are a good manipulative for that one too!)

I am thinking of other ways to use this product that are a bit beyond where we are right now. I think it could be useful to overlay one book with another so that you could see that 3/4 is more than 3/5 for example.

As I mentioned, if we had started with the ruler, it might have proven to be even more effective. All in all it is a good product. I know some folks who reviewed this item and others by the companies loved this! So please take a look at their reviews by clicking on the tab below.

As part of The Old Schoolhouse Crew of reviewers, I was given the complimentary from Master Innovations as indicated above. I am not compensated for this review and am not obligated to provide a positive review.


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