Monday, February 28, 2011

Skip Counting Activity

This morning Tabitha was "skip counting."
"One, two, skip a few, ninety nine, one hundred."
Not sure where she learned that.  Anyhow, I took the opportunity to teach her how to count by tens.  First we just counted by rote.  Then I remembered the cute math game on on place value.  The child places one stick at a time in a bucket and the numeral changes displaying how many sticks are in the bucket.  When the bucket gets too full, which in this case means more than 9, they are gathered together in a group of 10 and a second bucket appears for the tens.  Then the child has the choice of adding a bunch of ten sticks to the ten bucket or one stick to the ones bucket.  It keeps going this way until you get to 100, then there is a hundreds bucket.  It continues on to 1000.

Anyhow, I reminded Tabitha of this game.  Then I searched for the craft picks I have and some yarn.  I had her count out 10 picks.

Then we gathered it into a group of ten.

Then I had her count out 10 more picks.  Then we counted then starting at ten, "10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20."

Then we gathered them together again.  What amazed me about the next step was that when Tabitha was laying out the next set of 10 picks she laid down the first one and said, "one," then she turned to me and said, " that will be twenty one."

Anyhow, we continued counting picks, 10 at a time, until we reached 100.

Then we made a bundle of 100.

A tad proud of herself, don't you think.

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  1. This is a great activity! We've been using popsicle sticks as tally marks and counting by 5's. Thanks for linking!

  2. You can use the same technique to keep track of the number of the day of the month, adding a stick each day. Keep it with the calendar.


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