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Why Your Child Is Struggling With Fractions!

Jan 6, 2020

Why do kids fear and struggle with fractions?

Many kids fear fractions because they don’t understand how they work – they mix up the parts and don’t understand what they mean and what we do to them.

Parents typically understand enough to get by in everyday life (1/2 off sale – 3/4” wrench – 1/4 tank of gas), but have a difficult time explaining fractions in a way that helps kids understand. In fact, most of us struggled with fractions as kids! So it makes sense that we can’t explain it to our kids.

Another common error we make as parents is that when we understand something, we still may not be able to explain it well. We can make some assumptions while we are explaining things and get frustrated when kids don’t comprehend it. It’s like playing Pictionary, and your team gives you the “blank stare.”

We also often find that kids fear fractions because of older siblings. If kids see their older brother or sister struggle with fractions, they automatically assume it’s going to happen to them. They have perceived fractions as being too hard for them before even having the chance to try.

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