## Tuesday, November 6, 2012

### Fraction Book

Kal-El began working in his fraction notebook today.  I made this with my can't-live-without-it comb-binding machine .  I chose an orange cover because we didn't have anything else in the classroom right now that was orange.  It is not an official Montessori color or anything.

I would LOVE to see some posts or photos from all of YOU that shows me how YOUR kids our recording their fraction work!  Please e-mail me photos or toss a link in the comments section!

Right now Kal-El's handwriting is sized so that one number or letter just barely fits inside a half-inch square.  I worried about the fraction bars and operators showing up against a black grid so I didn't use the squared paper I usually use.  Instead, I tracked down this blue version.  I printed twenty 8.5x11 pages double-sided and then cut them in half (to 5.5 x 8.5).  This will leave enough room for longer equations and reduction later.  The page above is the first page in his book, so you can see that I wrote the first problem as a demonstration and taught him to doodle to fill a row of squares between each problem.

Today his was working on completing an envelope of tickets comprised of fraction equivalents for 1/2.  He had to solve for a missing numerator.  The prepared tickets he used today will be available here as a free download later this week!  All of the prepared tickets I am making right now show the fraction in the tall fraction format you see above.  We haven't introduced the horizontal format yet.  I will have nearly ALL of the fraction tickets available as downloads near the end of the week in this tall format, both primary/elementary and strictly elementary.  If you need something TODAY and/or are interested in the horizontal format you can pick up a download for basic primary/elementary mixed operations with like denominators right now at Montessori Trails.

Have you had a chance to vote for me today for the Homeschool Blog Awards?  My category is Best Homeschooling Methods Blog 2012 .

1. I am so thankful that you will be posting these tickets! Bear just looked at these posts of yours on fraction work and has asked to start it too. She's done some equivalence work but not much. Thanks for sharing!

2. The tickets look great. Would you believe I hand wrote all the tickets a couple of summers ago. I couldn't work out how to write fractions on the computer and it needed to be on the shelves quickly. We store them in a tower of drawers designed for nails or whatever DIY people keep all their little bits in. I got it from screw-fix but I know you have much better shops in the USA with many more options. I see them online but can't get my hands on them!

I love the doodles between lines. I was wondering if they had something to do with the fractions but couldn't see any connection!

3. Annicles,

Thanks! I don't blame you for handwriting them. There was definitely a learning curve. I DO have one of those hardware cabinets! Great minds think alike! You can see the fraction cabinet behind Kal-El here: http://www.whatdidwedoallday.blogspot.com/2012/10/fraction-equivalence.html

I just haven't decided yet WHICH packets will be most useful in the cabinet. They won't all fit, and I suspect that there are certain packets he will need for repeated use and some that are a one-off. I love how you say "little bits" and "shops." So British :)

4. One day I'll post something with me talking. You'll laugh your socks off - cut glass, dahling!! I'm quite posh, definitely rather Kate Winslet!

5. What a hard worker you have!!

I am learning so much about presenting fractions using the Montessori Method.

Your family rocks!! I have never seen a child so involved in fraction work before, very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

6. I love this little book! It's so "official" ;) And I love his drawings too - including the little scribbles - that has happened here before!

Sometimes, hand-written is the best way to go - because it can be written out WHILE presenting ;) And it gets the material into their hands! Whatever works :)

7. We use a Math notebook that has squared paper like graph paper that I bought from India (during our vacation) earlier this year. It has 1/2 inch squares. Unfortunately I only bought one book. You can take a look at it here - http://pinkprincesskingdom.blogspot.com/2012/11/addition-story-problems.html.

I did see some different sized options of graph/squared paper on the JMJ site. We are yet to write out the fractions, so this post was helpful to me to see how we can go about doing it! Thanks!

8. It's been fun to see the work your boys are doing this year ... so many great things! It's wonderful you're sharing the tickets! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: