# my own "skip counting" invention

Discussion in 'First Grade' started by TryingMyBest, Aug 17, 2010.

1. ### TryingMyBestRookie

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Aug 17, 2010

I had this idea in my head of how to teach little ones to Skip-count. I couldnt find it already made. So i put it together myself. And if the child very familiar with numbers then this method i made will work form almost first time. I tryed on my 4 year old and it did awesome results. He now can count by 2s, 5s and 10s.

Here it is:
What you need - 10 or more Unifix blocks of same light color (the ones that are clipping on only one side.) and also a black sharpie marker.

Direction: make a long stick (with 10 or more) and on each block write its number like 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 and so on.

Do the same with 5s and 10s - just use different color of stick if you want

Now you are done.

1. Invite a student and let him/her read all the numbers from the stick. Repeat several times.
2. Break the cubes apart and mix them up.
3. Ask the child if he/she remembers the very first number she saw. The child will find the very first nmber from the mix.
4. Let the child finish the stick how she/he things it needs to go.
5. Then if that is correct turn the stick numbers down. Let the child say what she/he remembers.

Sometimes mistakes happen and its ok. They learn by thinking!
My 4 year old mastered counting by 2s like that from the FIRST TIME he tryed. Counting by 5s took him only TWO TIMES but it was fast learning

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Aug 17, 2010

Neat method! I might have to give that a try!

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