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Tips and Tricks for Parents with K-5 Kiddos - FRACTIONS!

Jun 25, 2017

FRACTIONS!

 

Fractions. Chances are your child has come home with some kind of homework on fractions, and, whether you remember them yourself or not, no matter how you try to help and explain them, your child just isn't getting it.

We want your children to be prepared for fractions before they ever even see them in school. Don't be afraid to start these tips and techniques with kiddos as young as Kindergarten! Presented the Mathnasium Way, any child can finally understand and use fractions everyday!

As counting skills begin to develop, fractions can be introduced.

Long before introducing words like numerator and denominator, teach children that half means “2 parts the same,” and have them use this knowledge to figure out things like:

• “How much is half of 6? ... 10? ... 20? ... 26? ... 30? ... 50? ... 100? ... 248? ... 4,628?

• “How much is half of 3? ... 11? ... 15? ... 21? ... 49? ... 99? ... 175? ... 999? ... 2,001?

As the ability to split numbers in half develops, add questions like:

• “How do you know when you have half of something?”

• “Half of what number is 4? ... 25? ... 2 1/2?”

• “How many half sandwiches can you make out of three whole sandwiches?”

• “How much is 2 plus 2 1/2?”, “How much is 3 1/2 plus 4?”

• “How much is 7 take away 2 1/2?”, “How much is 7 1/2 take away 2?”

• “How much is 2 1/2 four times? ... seven times? ... two–and–a–half–times?”

• “How much is a half plus a quarter?”

• “What part of 12 is 6? ... is 4? ... is 3? ... is 1? ... is 9? ... is 8? ... is 12? ... is 24? ... is 30?” 

You'll have a fraction expert in no time!