The moment that I have been dreading since we started homeschooling is here: learning fractions and teaching fractions. Fractions. I don’t do fractions. In fact my mother could tell you just how much I dislike, no, hate fractions. I struggled with them in school, whenever they came up, no matter the grade. I am determined for us to learn the use of fractions, without too many tears from either one of us.
Learning Fractions in Our Homeschooling
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My first thought was to get some hands on, visual aids, something to help us both. We’re all hands on. We learn and understand better this way. Even if you’re not homeschooling, having some hands on aids of any type can help you and your child during homework time. You can find ours here in our shop.
Fractions In the Kitchen
When I introduced fractions, I had a set of teaspoons in hand. I wanted to show them just how we use fractions when we are in the kitchen. Because they get in the kitchen with us, in fact Austin usually ends up the measuring spoon/cup gofer, and now that she’s seen them as fraction she’s realized that they aren’t all that mad.
We’ll be getting in the kitchen some more with math, and I’ll be encouraging the use of the smaller measuring spoons and cups, a fun and yummy way to work on using them.
If your child like playing with playdough, this is a great way to work on fractions as well, plus playdough is fun. Your child can make circles (make pizzas, cakes, pies, etc) and then cut them into pieces – fractions.
Other Ways to Demonstrate Fractions
Get hands on with your kids. If you don’t have access to a printer and laminator, or are looking something different, Amazon has a lot of different manipulatives to choose from: