Changing Improper Fractions into Mixed Numerals: a Book by Lisa C. Jackson

Changing Improper Fractions into Mixed Numerals
I wrote this book because I suspect my child has dyscalculia. I am trying to prepare my child-student for the TABE and GED tests. I am hoping this will help people with dyscalculia and those who teach them. I think this book will be helpful to 5th grade school teachers, homeschool moms, middle school and junior high and high school teachers, adult education teachers and those learning math for the GED test.

This is how this book came to be:

  • My dad always taught us math around the dinner table and everywhere we went. My siblings and I helped him check math papers quite often. I was always reading and hearing maht vocabulary like “whole numbers,” “improper fractions,” and “numerator.” My dad loved teaching math to 5th graders. This is considered 5th grade math in most curricula.
  • When I had a hard time understanding math, I had my school teacher, my dad and my math-loving brother who could explain everything to me. I did not need visual explanations of things because I had so much help.
  • However, I am an artist and visuals like these with very concise explanation of every little detail would have been nice.
  • When I was in elementary school, I visualized how the design of the math textbook could improve. I dreamed of becoming a textbook math designer one day just to make the math book easier for the child to understand by adding better visuals.
  • I became a homeschool mom. I have taught homeschool 5 years and have not yet found all the answers for how to teach math concepts to every child. 
  • For 5 years, I have been eluded as to how to explain certain things which are very easy for me to understand, to children to whom these math concepts do not come so readily.
  • I became determined to figure out how to help children (and all people) understand math concepts better.
  • I love the Montessori method. I want to meet Maria Montessori when I get to heaven. I also love Constance Kamii and her methods for teaching math.
  • I am an eclectic-style homeschool mom. That means I like teaching using multiple methods. 
  • I used my “Your Teacher” app yesterday and wrote down all of the lesson names in all of the chapters in each grade level and math level, with checkboxes nest to each lesson. I made a plan to have my kids watch 5 lessons per day from this app. I knew this would help. It did, because helped me to see which pieces of the puzzle my children were missing for the complete understanding of these math concepts regarding fractions.
  • I googled this morning and found information about dyscalculia from this website which was very helpful.
  • I watched this dyscalculia simulation, which is to help the rest of us understand the struggles of people who have this learning disability.
  • I found a list of curricula for people with dyscalculia. I found Math U See. It is too expensive for me.
  • I then remembered that Maria Montessori made everything multisensory. I searched up and found this video about teaching children about changing improper fractions into mixed numerals using the Montessori method.
  • As you can see in the book below, much of this book is from the video.
  • Some of the book below comes from questions my child-student had this morning after watching the video. 
  • I had some blank board books. What a nice thing to have. I thought, ‘I can plan a book sng then make it.’ I made 3 plans. 
  • I made the book, which is a combination of the 3 plans (a 4th plan, which is silly but true).
  • Since I did graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art, I illustrated the book myself.
  • Now I need a publisher. More people need this book. I do not want to make lots of handmade copies!

3-D View of Fractions 5th Grade math concept book for people with dyscalculia
Cover Page: Change Improper Fractions to Mixed Numerals
1 Pizza Whole Number, 2/5 a pizza partial number
Improper Fraction
improper fraction, mixed numeral
7 divided by 5 or 7/5
fraction numerator denominator quotient mixed numeral




Teaching Math in Homeschool

Math with other homeschool moms is a touchy thing. Some believe in taching it. Some do not. I believe in teaching it. For others who also do, here is a safe environment in which to discuss nothing but teaching math in your homeschool! Yay!

Please join this Facebook group Teaching Math in Homeschool

Work At Home Homeschool Mom Rambles

Facebook Group: Work-For-Money, Homeschool & Family Balance

I have finally decided that it is better for me as a homeschool mom, this year, not to TRY to make money, but to take it if it comes. I could sell thrivelife foods and food storage stuff, usborne or doterra. I have my own graphic design business and a client wants a logo, and to meet this week. I have to call him sometime this week. 

Maybr today I will call him around 3 pm-ish, after homeschool academics are accomplished.

I am also trying to make a homeschool math curriculum that will allow people to teach all kids at once, olders and youngers, with the same main topic, but different specifics (like all learn multiplication, but the 7th grader does pre-algebra multiplication and the kindergartener learns 2 times 1; or all learn geometry, but the 2nd grader oearns what makes a trapezoid and what a parallelogram is, while the 5th grader learns about tangrams).

I recently found the book “Hands Free Mama” and I have decided not to try at making money, but just to take it if it comes. This book talks about how this is my life, now, And I mustn’t tell myself that later, I will live my life as I want it. I must live in the now. I do not know when my kids will lose me. Nobody knows what the future holds. We must not act as if we have all the time in the world. Now our kids are supposed to have our time. Later, we will have lost this time that we have right now. I am trying to become more of a hands free mom (with my time freed up to spend it with loved ones on a daily basis).

This means, I do not make any effort at any of the endeavors. However, if someone says, I want to order an usborne book, I will send them to my web site. If someone wants a thrive product, I let them order it (I have no web site, as they are $10 a month). If someone wants doterra, I send them to my website.

If someone wants graphic design, I will meet with them. I have set prices. If someone wants to pay less than my set prices, I no longer let myself consider it, even if it is a worthy, good cause. I just say, I am too busy homeschooling and I cannot do that. If someone is willing to pay my price, I will do the work for them. There are so many people who call themselves graphic designers nowadays, and people have even told me about getting a logo for five bucks. Those people will not have my time. They have no clue how much different my education, experience and knowledge is and they do not care. I will not entertain the thought of even considering, doing an ounce of work for them. They do not know or appreciate the value of me. Those who do, I am happy to drop everything for and work very hard for. I love being appreciated!

The math curriculum is something I work on anyway, because I want it for my family. I am creating it for my family. Later, a benefit will be that I will get to sell it. The only challenge there is to inhibit myself from giving it away for free. I have to say to myself, “NO. THEY CAN WAIT until it is ready to sell!”

I blog like crazy, but do not make money blogging. I do not know how to do that. I would like to have my blog bring in money, but it does not. I do get excited, though. I got to above 900 views with around 700 unique visitors the other day and was so pleased. If ai only knew how to make it so, this could bring in some cash!



So, there you have it, if you were wondering what it is like to be a money-earning work-at-home Homeschool mom! If you have any more that you were wondering about regarding this topic, just comment your question!