One of the simplest ways to introduce fractions as a concept is by cutting an apple in equal pieces. The child sees the whole apple, 2 halves of the apple, 4 quarters of the apple, and immediately realizes fractions describe pieces of wholes.
The top number of a fraction, the numerator, tells us how many pieces we are talking about. The bottom part of a fraction, the denominator, tells us in how many pieces the apple is cut.
Yes…simple…and powerful! This simple activity will remain as a positive memory in the child’s mind, and add to the foundational thinking for understanding more advanced math concepts. Children need to see and experience math concepts to fully grasp them. Let’s give children the time and experiences they need to develop simple, grounded intelligence, which ultimately leads to brilliance.