SKIP COUNTING

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My daughter burst into tears a while ago when faced with the concept of skip counting! I stood there dumb founded- she was five at the time, and I was not about to have her developing "maths phobia" so early on! We packed away her maths book, and I told her to run and fetch a basket and collect all the socks in the house! We spent the rest of the morning counting socks, shoes, ice blocks and eggs and even covered the concept of a dozen and half a dozen- and she managed just fine! Suddenly, when a whole lot of abstract numbers were not jumping at her from a page, she got it at a concrete level!

We then found a number chart and two plastic frogs. I put counters on every second number, and she had to hop one frog to the other by skipping a number every time. She called it froggy maths! (Also moving to a more abstract level of maths.)

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We then played a game where I whispered one, then she said two loudly, then I whispered three, and she said four loudly until we got to twenty.

The next morning, she completed her maths page without a hassle, and I am pleased to say that we have been counting happily in twos since!

Skip Counting in Fives

We had lots of fun with this one! My daughter counted everyones' toes and fingers one by one and then we tried it again, this time just counting in fives! Hmmmm!

We decided to make a visual reminder that she can use whenever she gets stuck. First, I traced around her hands then cut out ten sets of hands. I placed all the hands on the table and we started counting fingers and wrote 10, 20, 30 up to 100 on the right hands, in red.

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Then we counted again and this time I used a blue pen to write 5, 15, 25 on the left hands.

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I took a black pen and as we counted each finger, wrote the number on it.

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We then glued them on to a big piece of cardboard and had 100 fingers altogether! Every time she gets stuck counting in 5s or 10s, she goes to the poster and hits the hands and counts out loud. I often catch her doing it on the way past the chart too!

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You can be creative with the colours and maybe even do feet so that your child can hop and skip in fives!

Other things you can use to count in fives are 5c coins, toes, and two and a half pairs of socks. Don't ask!

Have fun!

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