Your kids can learn to conquer fractions. The most important thing is that they not acquire an unnecessary fear of these tamable mathematical creatures. Many times, kids fear things because they have overheard parents or adults say things like, “I hated math too, Sue, so don’t feel so bad, ” or “I know. Fractions are the pits, Johnny. ” Rather than instill fear of the unknown, you as parents, need to instill joyous expectancy.
Yes. That’s right. Joyous expectancy. You see, kids will rise to the level of your expectations of them. If they sense that you really believe they will fail at something, guess what? Yes, they will be more inclined to fail. Likewise, if kids believe that you expect great things from them, they will be more likely to achieve higher standards. This is Psychology 101.
To get your kids to excel at fractions, let them know early on, when they are learning their basic arithmetic, that an exciting world of mathematics awaits them when they move on to fractions. Tell them how exciting these numbers are and how much fun it is to work with them, especially when it comes to adding and subtracting them. Let them know that fractions are the same thing as percents and decimals, and that these are just different ways of expressing the same idea. This is one advantage that your kids will unwittingly use forever.
Once you remove from your kids’ minds, the anticipatory dread they may feel about fractions, the rest is easy. Learning to get common denominators and adding and subtracting these numbers will not be a big deal. And once the hurdle for fractions is cleared, substantial progress in mathematics can be made.
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Joe is a prolific writer of self-help and educational material and an award-winning former teacher of both college and high school mathematics. Under the penname, JC Page, Joe authored Arithmetic Magic, the little classic on the ABC’s of arithmetic. Joe is also author of the charming self-help ebook, Making a Good Impression Every Time: The Secret to Instant Popularity; the original collection of poetry, Poems for the Mathematically Insecure, and the short but highly effective fraction troubleshooter Fractions for the Faint of Heart. The diverse genre of his writings (novel, short story, essay, script, and poetry)—particularly in regard to its educational flavor— continues to captivate readers and to earn him recognition.
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