To make sure your child is ready for the concept of fractions, it is important they know number basics! They should know how to count and do basic single digit addition.
To introduce fractions to my daughter, I would make pancakes and cut one in half. I would show her how two halves make one whole. I did the same with her shoes, or a piece of chocolate that I would share with her.
Whenever we ordered pizza, I would count the slices. If the pizza had 8 slices, I would say that I am going to eat one, so I am eating one of 8 slices.
I didn't use the more formal terms, such as "one eight" because it was more important for her to grasp the concept first.
To help bring the message home, I made my daughter these fun fraction cards!
I made these cards out of regular construction paper. They are simple and my daughter really enjoys them.
We play "restaurant" and I "order" 1/3 of something, or 1/6, and she has to find the right pieces and tell me how many pieces she has left, so she is also subtracting fractions.
|Fun fraction cards to help visualize the concept of fractions!|