## Saturday, May 30, 2015

Last week, Mavi and I got a little bit of time to work on fractions.  I've been wanting to do this with him but we seldom have some time together because of Vito.  So it took us around 3 days to complete the activities.

Fractions can be very intimidating to kids. Especially the fact that the numbering is quite different from that of a conventional number.  But with the use of manipulatives and attractive presentation, this can be a very interesting and fun topic too!

In this case, I used my son's favorite pita bread to present fractions.  You may also use paper, a bar of chocolate or any favorite thing or toy that can be divided.

## What is a fraction?

Fraction is basically a part of whole, and each part must have an equal size.  Here I divided the pita bread into four.  You can ask your child the shape it created for a little bit of geometry lesson :)

## How to write fractions?

So now, the whole (1) has four equal parts.  You can write this as 4/4 (this is a whole).  Now Mavi wants to eat 1 part, thus we can say that he eats 1 out of the 4 equal parts.  And I showed Mavi how to write that part, 1/4.

1/4 means 1 out of the 4 equal parts.

## What fraction of the circle is shaded?

As we move on, Mavi practiced how to write fractions.  We used our fraction pies for this activity. So this is Mavi counting the fraction that is NOT black.

Similarly, I made him form the fractions using the number symbol that I created.  He's working on the pies randomly thus the blue and yellow are not yet done.

There are so many ways that you can practice fractions.  We have this mathlink cubes which we love to use in our math activities and I also presented this to Mavi.  I showed him that a fraction is not just about pies, it can be of anything that is equally divided.

We will do a lot more in this subject as he loves making fractions.  We'll try to explore other materials as well like paper, chocolate bars and fraction tiles (if available).