Skip Counting

I found out in Math class this week that many of our first graders are missing key foundational pieces of math skills. Skills that should have been mastered in Kindergarten and now are missing.  What are they? Skip counting and counting backwards.  A Kindergartner SHOULD be able to successfully do the following skills by the end of Kindergarten:

  • Count backwards from 30
  • Skip count by 2’s to 100
  • Skip count by 5’s to 100
  • Skip count by 10’s to 100

These skills are used daily in math and should be practiced frequently at home as well. Your child should be able to see the pattern of the missing numbers. If your child is in Kindergarten, you have time to ensure that these skills are mastered by the end of Kindergarten.  However, if your child is in first grade, check your child and these skills are not mastered it is time to practice them now!

  • Your first grader should be able to count backwards from 30 AND write the numbers backwards from 30 to 1.
  • Your first grader should be able to look at a sequence of any numbers up to 100 and be able to tell which numbers are missing:
    • 22,  24,  26, _____, _____, _____, 34
    • 55, 60, _____, _____, _____, _____,85
    • 40, 50, _____, _____, ______, _____, 100

Take a moment to check out your child and if there are weak areas….practice.


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