Division Games

Represent one-quarter and one-half with numbers: 1/4 ; 1/2

Division games can be as simple as: showing your child how to write 1/4 and 1/2. When you have the chance point out 1/4 and 1/2 in recipes, directions, your gas tank,etc.

Look for daily opportunities:

This basic division skill sets children up for fractions. Universally, fractions can be a frustrating experience for many children. One way to help overcome their fears is to apply fractions to real-world experiences. In the real world, fractions appear in everyday items like cooking and shopping. It will help give them a foundation of skills they will use throughout their lives.

Firstly, you should start with the basics such as: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. But, you need to start out with whole numbers first. Do not immediately jump to the more advanced stuff such as adding and subtracting with fractions. It is best to start out with whole numbers such as one, two, three, four, etc.

For example, the typical fraction learned is ½. If you put two halves together, you get one. When you feel confident that you can go further, you show them that ½ split into two becomes ¼. If you put all four pieces together, you get one.

Bake with your children. As they pour in ingredients tell them how much they are pouring in. For example, Pour 1 and 1/2 cups of milk into the bowl. Some kids will be interested in actually reading the recipe...

Think about how many opportunities are available for pointing out fractions when your cooking!

Look at the fractions in this simple pancake recipe.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon

salt

1 egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons cooking oilshorteningsyrup or powdered

Fruit Sauce Mix: about 1/2 cup of your favorite fruit pie filling with 2 tablespoons of orange juice. Stir together un a small bowl and heat in the microwave for about 1 minute or until warm.Serve on top of the pancake stack.

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