Have you ever considered skip counting as a math help?
As soon as our kiddos start learning about multiplication, we teach them to skip count. They learn to skip count by singing along with skip counting songs. Our boys learned songs for the 2’s on up through the 12’s. For example, for the 2’s they learned to count 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18.
Why is skip counting a helpful math tool?
Skip counting makes doing multiplication much easier. It is also very helpful once kiddos get to least common multiple and greatest common factor. A myriad of other math-related tasks such as dividing are also easier if kids know how to skip count!
Skip counting doesn’t replace the need to memorize math facts.
It’s important to note that skip counting should not replace the need for a child to eventually know his facts. However, it is a great intermediary step. It is much more fun than straight fact memorization when just learning about multiplication and division.
What can you use for skip counting help?
This is the only thing we’ve ever added to Singapore math, and we’ve found it pays big dividends for years to come! A side benefit is that even our little ones know the songs from an early age.