This week we are looking at fractions!
When demonstrating sharing into halves or quarters, it is vitally important to show something being shared into equal parts. By doing this your child will be able to visualise what is happening when you are creating the fraction, and it will help with their understanding.
Playdough is a great place to start when helping your child to work out fractions at a young age, as it is malleable and easy to adapt into different fractions.
However, a firm favourite is using food to represent fractions, and this is what you can do with your child at dinner time if pizza is on the menu!
Remember to emphasise the importance of every slice of pizza being of equal size.
The pizza fun continues with this demonstration video!
To help your child fully figure out equivalent fractions, point them out wherever you can, (especially ½ and 2/4 at this stage) as this continued repetition will help them to practise until they develop their knowledge.
Another easy way to practise is to shade in different fractions of shapes. Can you draw around something at home and shade in a half or a quarter of the shape? How about using a dinner plate to draw around a circle!
Show your child a piece of A4 paper, and fold it in ½, and then open it out again. Ask them what you have done to the paper. What do we call each part? Write ½ on each part. Ask how many ½s make a whole. Fold an identical piece of paper into ¼s, by folding it in ½ and ½ again. I’ve folded this piece of paper into 4 equal parts we call these ¼s. Write ¼ on each section. Ask your child how many ¼s make a whole? How many ¼s make one ½?