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Must Read Monday: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Hopefully you get past the title of the book. Doesn’t sound very exciting does it? Fractions, Decimals, and Percents as a fun children’s book? Yes. If there is one thing I still don’t understand very well as an adult (which is numerous things) it is fractions, decimals, and percents. It was so very confusing to me in school. If only I had had this book when I was a child… but I didn’t. Luckily for my kids, they do get to read it.

Also a fun website I discovered is mathisfun.com. If you select fractions you get to learn fractions by seeing slices of pizza. Afterward, you’ll probably have to have pizza for supper. It is kind of like the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book. If you teach your child fractions using pictures of pizza…

Amazon.com description:

Step right up! Come take part in the county fair, where you’ll see fractions,
decimals, and percents everywhere. Gobble up a fraction of pie, boost your
batting average in the arcade,
and take a percent off the price of a toy.
Learning about equivalent parts equals a whole lot of fun in this
straightforward introduction to a challenging concept.

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Little Cooks

Cook with your kids. When they cook with you they learn a valuable life skill, they learn fractions, and they learn the importance of following directions. When you are baking deliberately misplace a certain measuring cup you’ll need so you can teach fractions. If the recipe calls for a 1/2 cup then use a 1/4 cup instead and teach that two 1/4 cups equal a half. Teach teaspoons and tablespoons also.

Fraction Pie

Fraction Pie is a fun way to teach fractions. Use a pie pan and cut pieces of paper pie into the fractions. 1/2, 1/4, 1/8. For fun, draw fruit of the pieces to make apple, peach, blueberry, or strawberry pie. Say: I would like a piece of apple pie that is 1/4 of the whole pie.