When children experience difficulty in math it often begins when they are introduced to fractions. Before fractions, children have only known counting numbers and the one-to-one relationship between these numbers and the set of objects the number represents.
The difficulty can arise when the students need to think about rational numbers in a different way.
Imagine two children each with a cake.
Child one has the cake divided into six parts and child two’s is in three parts.
Thinking additively as he has always done, child two thinks child one has more cake; he doesn’t think of the cake as the unit.
Children need to learn to think differently in order to understand fractions.
You can guide your child through the process of learning fractions. Use these tips to help answer questions they might have about fractions:
This short lesson introduces fractions and illustrates the use of numerators and denominators.
The above lesson includes audio (so remember to switch on your speakers). Use the play/ pause button if you need to stop and start the lesson. This fraction lesson is number 1 of 6 and introduces fractions with an illustrated discussion on their use and on how they are written and spoken using numerators and denominators.
You can use the fraction cards below to help introduce fractions. Each card shows a fraction both with numbers and graphically.
Idea: Use the option on the documents below to turn the numbers and/ or the shading off and get your child to create his or her own fraction cards.