1. I introduce my 8 and 6 year olds to decimal notation here using money and Cuisenaire Rods. The money provides the reference point for how to write decimals since they are already familiar with writing dollars and cents, and the Cuisenaire Rods provide a way to transfer their knowledge of regular fractions to decimal fractions.

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2. I introduce my 8 and 6 year olds to decimal notation here using money and Cuisenaire Rods. The money provides the reference point for how to write decimals since they are already familiar with writing dollars and cents, and the Cuisenaire Rods provide a way to transfer their knowledge of regular fractions to decimal fractions.

3. After being introduced to decimals and decimal notation, my 6 year old was ready to try using Cuisenaire Rods to make a number line that included fractions in decimal form. It is important that children not only see fractions as parts of a whole, but also as points on a number line. This activity helps bring the 3-dimensional rods down to 2-dimensional paper.

4. Once children have had extensive practice using Cuisenaire Rods to work with fraction concepts, they are ready to move on to decimal fractions. In this video, my daughter transfers her knowledge of adding fractions using the rods to adding decimal fractions written in decimal notation. At this point, I still have not told her any of the rules for fractions or decimals. I am letting her come to that understanding on her own. Watch carefully in these videos and you'll see her making connections on her own.

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