Teaching Counting and Skip Counting
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on March 18, 2010
Have you discovered 100 Charts yet? If you have a Kindergartener or a First grader, a 100 chart is a wonderful resource…and they’re free! Once you decide your child is ready, and once your child can count to ten forwards and backwards, here is what to do:
~Make several copies of a 100 chart (you’ll need at least 3.) We slipped ours into page protectors, and put them into binders.
~Start with simple counting. Count slowly, pointing to the numbers as you go. Later, let your child do the pointing (this teaches counting and number recognition.) Start by counting up to ten, forwards and backwards. We always counted backwards as if we were counting down to a shuttle mission, shouting, “Blast-off!” and lifting our hands up in the air after we got down to one.
~Next, count to twenty forwards and backwards, then to twenty-five. Keep going from there!
~Once your child can count to twenty-five, move to the next step: Skip counting. I used another 100 chart for this: I highlighted all the 10’s: 10, 20, 30…..then, we’d practice counting by ten’s while pointing to the numbers.
~Once 10’s are mastered, highlight the 5’s in another color on the same chart and count by 5’s (5, 10, 15, 20, 25…)
~Once 5’s are mastered, use a new chart and highlight the numbers for counting by two’s; count by 2’s.
~Be sure to play games (count your moves) and use real objects to count. This will help make numbers real to your children.
Here is the nicest one chart I’ve found for beginners, just for teaching simple counting; it’s in full color: http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/paper/hundredschart1-color.pdf
Here is a link to a chart for teaching skip counting; just highlight the numbers your child is learning: http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/paper/hundredschart1.pdf
You can find several different ideas for using 100 charts, and blank charts/charts with missing numbers to fill in (I’d save this for first grade or later) at Donna Young’s site. http://donnayoung.org/math/100-number.htm .
*Be sure and wait for readiness. Have fun with this! It doesn’t take any longer than a minute or two to practice counting everyday. You’ll be amazed at how fast your children will learn!
© 2010 Susan Lemons all rights reserved.