Oh yes the wonderful world of fractions! Most students hate dealing with them but I have good news for those restless students! I have a method that will make those “fraction haters” into crazed fraction loving math students!!

However my little secret method is only a short cut and should not be used as an excuse to approach fraction operations in the right way.

Also this method is limited to adding and subtracting fractions- the operations that give students the most trouble as they have to find the LCD, etc. So if your homeschooler needs a little extra help mastering fractions l would like to introduce you to the “bow tie” method of adding and subtracting fractions. The name “bow tie” describes the pattern in the steps we follow.

**Find the sum or difference of any two fractions by following the arrows and multiplying; then simplify- see how it works below.**

The downside of this method is that your answer may not be fully simplified- so make sure to reduce. However this method is great with fractions with variables! (see example below)

** Lastly if you have mixed number fractions like 3 ½ you will need to convert them into improper fractions ex. 7/2 before using the method**

You see fractions can be our friends you just need to get to know them.