by Crewton Ramone
Stolen off Facebook.
This morning we were playing with a pretend baking craft project.
When I asked my 5-year old daughter, Natalia, to line the cups up in order from smallest to largest, that was easy. Most 2 or 3 year olds know bigger and smaller.
However, when we looked at the numbers on the cups (1/2, 1/3, and 1/4) and asked her which one was the smallest, and she said "1/2".
That makes sense because she has only seen whole numbers up to this point. We have talked about sharing (division and fractions) but only with whole numbers.
For example, using the blocks we ask "If 3 mermaids want to share 1 apple, how many pieces should we cut the apple into. She knows three pieces.
This was a perfect opportunity to bring in the math blocks and the fractions kit and relate them to something in the real world (baking and measuring cups).
So when we got out the fractions and looked at 1/2 (the orange pieces on the right in the picture), 1/3 (pink), and 1/4 (yellow) and took those pieces side by side, she could SEE and FEEL that 1/2 is BIGGER than 1/3, and that 1/3 is BIGGER than 1/4.
At that point she said:
"With fractions, the smaller numbers are bigger than the larger numbers.... that's crazy!!"
She totally got it!!
I am very impressed with how quickly she is learning these concepts, and I am equally impressed with how the Mortensen's More Than Math blocks (plug for Crewton Ramone's House of Math) make learning math simple, easy, and fun.
I'm a big fan and super grateful to know that my daughter will never suffer at the hands of a math teacher who doesn't know better!
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