By far the best way for a child to learn fractions (and then decimals and percentages) is to actually draw then by colouring in shapes
Once a child has spent some DRAWING fractions they will have the confidence and ability to make the leap into numbers without the need to see shapes.
In an online tutorial I start with simple shapes and fractions – for example to colour in a half or a quarter of a rectangle broken down into four squares.
Once a child is used to this, they can SEE how to add 1/4 and 3/8.
Once a child has moved on from drawing fractions visually they can always go back to this method if they need to for more advanced geometry.
In an online tutorial a child has time to solve ten or more fractions by drawing them out, with which I will be assisting.
It can take as little as one or two sessions for the child to “click” how fractions work. You can almost hear it!
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