Math Homework 101: The Benefits of Skip Counting

Let’s do some skip counting! Yes, I know this is one of those things that you’ve got a handle on. I did too.

But what I didn’t get was why there was such an emphasis on it. What are the benefits of skip counting?

My girls started working on skip counting in kindergarten. In fact, according to Common Core Standards, skip counting by 10’s is one of the skills your child needs to have mastered by the end of kindergarten. By the end of 2nd grade, your child should know their 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and more up to 100.

What are the benefits of skip counting? Find out all about this important math concept and why it's emphasized so much in early math.

The Benefits of Skip Counting

The biggest and best answer is that skip counting paves the way for multiplication. 2 x 1 = 2, 2 x 2 = 4, 2 x 3 = 6, etc. See, you’re counting by twos.

Basically all the times tables are skip counting. If you child can skip count, they’re well on their way to knowing their multiplication tables.

I missed that memo in elementary school and remember spending so much time memorizing the times tables.

I’m not going to let my kids miss the memo. They’re still going to have to do the memorization work, but maybe it will come easier for them if they realize they’re just skip counting.

What are the benefits of skip counting? Find out all about this important math concept and why it's emphasized so much in early math.

Besides multiplication, there are some other advantages to being a pro at skip counting.

It helps you count money. Counting nickels is the same as counting by 5’s. Dimes, quarters… you get the drift.

It also helps a lot when adding and subtracting – especially when doing it in your head. Skip counting is just one more shortcut your kids can use when coming up with the right answer.

So how can you help your child with skip counting?

There are tons of ways!

First, let’s take a look at our hundred chart. (You can find a printable hundred chart here.)  It’s easy to visualize skip counting by using a tool that is very familiar to your child. Highlight the 10’s column to see how to skip count by 10’s.

Highlight the 5’s column and the 10’s column to see how to skip count by 5’s. Have your child highlight those columns and practice counting.

What are the benefits of skip counting? Find out all about this important math concept and why it's emphasized so much in early math.

Skip counting is easy once you get the hang of it, but, it is a lot to memorize. That’s where us parents come in. It’s pretty important to help your child become proficient at it.

There are millions of ways to practice. Skip count while taking a walk; skip count in the car driving back and forth to activities.

Have a skip counting store, skip count by 10 with The Cat in the Hat, or work some skip counting puzzles.

Now that you know the benefits of skip counting, sneak in some practice whenever you can. And, once they’ve got it, your kids will have such an advantage!

Other Math Homework 101 posts:

Using a Number Line

The Hundred Chart

Number Stories

Find all the Math Homework 101 posts here.

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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