Friday, December 16, 2011

Feared Fractions ~ Now Fantastic - A New TOS Review!!

"Fractions are FUN!!" Where or when have you ever heard a child say that???  Well my daughter did after her very first time playing Fractazmic.
The Product:
Fractazmic is one of the games created by  Dr. Ron over at I See Cards, created to help children learn while having fun.  Fractazmic in particular is a 60 card deck broken down in to three suits identified by distinct colors (red - sixteenth suit, blue - twelfths suit, and green - tenths suit) that have cute graphic representations of the fraction.
Each card is both clearly labelled and numbered with the corresponding graphic.  The deck of 60 (20 cards per color) can be played as a 20 card deck, as well as a 40 card deck and 60 card deck, allowing a student beginning fractions to play as well as someone well into their learning of fractions.

There are many ways to play Fractazmic but the main one is to collect as many hands as possible before the first player runs out of cards.  You can do this in one of 2 ways: add fractions to make 1 or by making someone go over 1.  You can also play a version of WAR.

While playing Fractazmic you are reinforcing the student's knowledge of fractions, as well as measurements and numbers.  And all the while you can show how fractions are used in the real world (like when measuring your baking needs to make a recipe of cookies doubled or quadrupled.)  And you get all this for the low price of .... $6.95!  Isn't that fantastic!  Check out how to order your set here.

Our Experience:

We started with WAR since this is an easy concept to understand and because Arianna has just started venturing down the path of learning fractions.  And since dad is the mathematician, I gave him the task of playing the game. as you can see in the pictures below, they were both having fun.  Audrie even was yelling answers from the other side of the table without ever really having been taught a lick about fractions.  I think that speaks volumes of just what this card game can do for any of your math students.

Here are some of the thoughts my husband had about Fractazmic:

  • This card game is good for improving their speed o recognition of relative sizes of fractions while playing the game like you would play "WAR."
  • When you are playing according to the "normal" rules, the game is good at helping compare fractions of the same or similar denominator (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, etc.)
  • It causes enjoyment of fractions - not a normal feeling that most people have.
He and Ari have had LOADS of fun playing and I'm sure this game will be a family hit as the younger two progress on their mathematical journey.
My Thoughts:
I think this is a great game which is not only VERY educational, it is VERY fun!!  And the cost is nominal compared to the value you and your family will be receiving.  They even have a site that tells you exactly how to play and walks you through.  You can also play an online version and win a FREE deck!  That tells you how much they believe in their product.  

Make sure you head over to the TOS Homeschool Crew and see what my crew members thought about Fractazmic. Just contact them via email.

*** I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2011-2012 Crew and receive free products and services in exchange for a thorough and honest review. Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of money for any of my reviews. My reviews will always reflect my honest opinions, findings, beliefs and experiences with the products and services that I receive.***

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