Education You and Your Child to Understand Fractions

There are so many ways to educate your child that will help them be successful in life.  Whether your child attends public school, private school or they are home schooled you are the primary educator for your child.    You educate your child when you prepare dinner, read to them, play games with them, take them to the store, talk to them, etc.  There are so many tools you place in their hands to contribute to their success.  How many times do we wish for a headstart or a shortcut on learning something.

Most people learn how to calculate with fractions primarily through drill and practice. Because of this, most adults do not have the kind of understanding of fraction concepts that allows them to help children obtain a good basis for understanding fractions. This book provides materials and ideas that relate fraction concepts to ordinary skills in visualization. It is intended primarily for adults who want to help younger children obtain a foundation for the work they will latter do in calculating with fraction. This book ignores drill, except to say drill is easy to find abounding elsewhere and we do not recommend it. Instead we believe better learning occurs when students invent their own activities. For example looking back at whole numbers we know that 5+7 = 12. It should be easy for anyone to make a situation to which this equation applies. Although this may be easy, making up such a situation reinforces the use of arithmetic as well as numerical ideas.

This book is a free sample advertising our main text Understanding Fractions. It is almost  identical to the first five lessons from the more extensive book. The appendix of both books contains a detailed account of the use of these materials with a  ten year old student. The mentor was her older sister, a dance major with no  previous experience in teaching mathematical concepts. The appendix also  contains commentary on the use of these materials.

At the end of our book there is a
template for making the colored pieces to be used.

We recommend saving it as a separate file for making these pieces. Also it can be re-paged to save the cost of laminating. We welcome all comments on this book. We also ask you to share this book with as many  friends as you can imagine.

Click here here for a wonderful free resource on helping you and your children learn fractions.

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