

Help your child to understand that when we write a fraction, we are really drawing a “number picture” to show a number that is less than 1. The bottom number tells us that a whole item was cut into this many pieces. (In other words, if the bottom number is “4” this whole item was cut into 4 pieces.) The top number tells us how many pieces of that size are a part of our number. (In other words, if the top number is “3” then our number includes 3 pieces.) Threefourths, then, tells us that a whole item was cut into 4 pieces and we are using 3 of them to make this item or number.