Happy Home Edders

April 4, 2012, 9:12 pm
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Orange/Red/TheBoy understands fractions. He consistently identifies and points out the basic concept when we have fish fingers.

I give him two at a time, then chop each into four pieces to let them cool down. As I chop, he counts higher and higher.

So while the term ‘fractions’ might sound complicated, he’s worked out at age two that by chopping something into pieces, you get more – smaller – pieces. His four little chunks are the same as one big fish finger.

I am always amazed at how competent, creative, and innate learning is. Making connections, exploring new (or old!) ideas, or even just suddenly ‘getting’ a new concept. I don’t need to consciously teach math, for example, because math is wonderful and math is everywhere. Children learn all the time, in so many different ways, and sometimes it’s my job to just stand back and marvel.


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