Our family loves the Kumon workbooks. We have used them for 3 children over 5 different grade levels. So my mediocre 3-star review is not for the series as a whole, just this individual workbook.
As mentioned repeatedly in Kumon reviews, these are Workbooks full of two-page reviews to provide extra practice. Kumon books are not for teaching nor for tutoring on any concepts. Kumon gives no explanation and very few examples. These are for review, practice, and seeing what your student knows. Be prepared to walk them through difficult concepts because the book does not do that for you. Know what you're purchasing.
Regarding this specific text, the Decimal section of the book is just fine. My middling score is directly related to the lack of grade-appropriateness of this Fraction half of the book.
To the point, this is NOT a respectable 5th grade fraction review. It would be better labeled as a Summer Bridge review between 4th and 5th grade or possibly for the first month or two of 5th. There is not a single review of multiplying or dividing fractions. Not a single problem that calls on the student to find a common denominator.
If your student needs a lot of extra practice in adding and subtracting fractions that already have the same denominator, then this will do. If they need a lot of review of converting Fractions into Whole numbers or Improper Fractions into Mixed Numbers and back, then this will do. But, as I said, it is important to know what you're getting.
If your school distract is like ours, you'll need to get Kumon's 6th-grade Fraction book. My son is halfway through his 5th grade year and he is an average math student who frequently struggles with new math concepts and the fraction portion of this workbook is way below his level. You should know what you're buying.
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Kumon Publishing North America, Inc; Workbook edition (1 January 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781933241593
- ISBN-13: 978-1933241593
- ASIN: 1933241594
- Product Dimensions:: 21.8 x 0.7 x 27.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 331 g
- Customer reviews: 122 customer ratings
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
3,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #38 in Children's Books on Maths