*My children and I were sitting down to Saturday morning breakfast. Molly is 7 and Jack is 12.*

Me: Molly, if we have 9 strips of bacon, and three people, how many to do we get each?

Molly: (*without hesitation*) Three.

Me: How do you know? (*in the distance, we hear Jack interject “I would get four!”*)

Molly: Because I can count by threes. (*Again*, *in the distance, “I would get four!”*)

Me: You did not hesitate! I think that means you may have been *dividing*. Nine divided into three equal groups makes three in each group. (*Switching to my now neglected child.*) Jack do you remember when you had just turned 6 and I purchased two cookies to share between you, Molly, and me. You were worried about how we would share. I asked you what we should do and you said, without any pause, 2/3 each. That was amazing for a 6 year old. You were even able to tell me how you got that number.

Jack: That is easy. You just divide each cookie into three pieces, because there are three people, then give each of us two pieces.

Me: That is exactly what you said then! I had been thinking that Molly and I would share one and you could have the other.

Jack: You mean I got less cookie because of my good math?! That sucks…. Molly, if mom did not have any bacon, how many would we each get?

“one and a half thirds”

Molly: One of us would get 4, probably you, and one of us would get 3. No wait, that is seven. One of us would get 5 and one of us would get 4.

Me: What if you each got four and you split the extra one?

Jack: We would each get 4 and “one and a half thirds”. (*Grin)*

*I smiled with huge math teacher/mother pride. It is important to notice when math is part of your daily life. Sharing things is a lovely space for doing work with fractions.*