Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Teaching Fractions

Not sure how it started, but E is very interested in math. She always wants me to quiz her on addition, and she uses her fingers find the answer. We haven't gotten past ten, for obvious reasons (ie not enough fingers), but I have been impressed with her level of understanding!

She asked me a while ago, what "half" means...okay, well, you try it! I stumbled around talking about cutting a pie into equal halves, wait, I mean parts, and you have the same amount on this side and that side...finally she lost interest. I really didn't think she was listening, but the next day before nap time she said, "I only ate HALF of my snack. I'm saving the rest for later." Oh, I thought, she gets it! Then she handed me her bowl...
Yes, she ate HALF of each M&M and each Cheez-it. Now it's your turn to judge whether I'm a terrible teacher, or a terrible mother for letting her eat any fraction of that!

3 comments:

STRETCHING said...

VERY FUNNY she is!

Yelli said...

LOL!!! What a clever girl! Will this make the "remember the time you..." memories? :)

iMotylek said...

oh this is the best way to teach! And imagine how catchy this method is for little ones... i will have to try this with my little lady when she is ready for fractions! Although I might use ice cram sandwiches instead ;-)

 
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