By Christy B. Racette on August 03 2018 03:38:40
Once students have a basic familiarity with fractions, the next step is to understand how to compare fractions. Sometimes the concept of denominators takes a little time to grasp. Often students will confuse a larger denominator with a larger value for the fraction, when in reality the numerator, not the denominator, expressed the actual value being represented. The size of the numerator relative to the denominator is what ultimately describes the actual value of the fraction.
If you do not understand the common basics of algebra then you will literally be lost forever when it comes to this subject. Being lost in the early stages of algebra can be disastrous because there are many years of advanced algebra just knocking on your door. Once you become more confident and your comfort level increases, you can actually strengthen it by trying to apply simple algebraic applications to everyday life. You will soon find out that algebra is not quite as difficult as you may have once thought.
In the simplest cases, the two fractions will already have a common denominator. In this case, add the numerators and then reduce the resulting fraction.
Get some addition practice while reading picture books together. There are a ton of great picture books that have overt and hidden addition facts and practice, but you can turn any book into a lesson in addition. If you read a page with a picture of a forest, you might say to your child, "I see three trees and four flowers. How many plants are there all together?" You can add characters, shapes, items, or anything in multiples.