September 28, 2019

Skip Counting Offers Valuable Multiplication Practice

Mastering the basic multiplication facts is a major component of elementary school mathematics education.  Trying to memorize so many facts can be challenging and frustrating for young learners.  It is important to provide early exposure and offer a wide variety of strategies and activities to promote familiarity with the basic multiplication facts.  Skip counting practice lays an early foundation for multiplication mastery.  Students don’t even need to be introduced to the concept of multiplication to be able to skip count. 

We usually start with counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.  A lot of emphasis is given to this set of skip counting patterns, but we should encourage learners to work on counting by other numbers as well.

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