my own "skip counting" invention

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  1. TryingMyBest

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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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  3. Iteach782

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    Aug 17, 2010

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

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