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Fractions and Decimals

Fractions and Decimals

Fractions and decimals
Jon Wild

Chapter Overview

In this chapter you can read about:

  • The key ideas about fractions which children need to understand
  • How children's understanding of fractions and decimals develops, often in informal contexts at an early age and then progresses to more formal understanding
  • Practical ideas for exploring fractions with children.

Early Experiences of Fractions

At the simplest level, fractions are highly practical and encountered informally by young children. Sharing a chocolate bar with someone else, serving up a pudding into portions and making sure that everyone gets a piece of birthday cake are typical experiences for young children. They introduce notions of fairness and equality as well as early fraction ideas based on the principle of equal sharing. Typical conversations between parents and children might ...

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