# Tips and Tricks for Parents with K-5 Kiddos!

May 21, 2017 | Stone Oak

# Tips and Tricks for Parents with K-5 Kiddos!

If your child is in kindergarten through fifth grade and still seems to be struggling with any of the following: 1. Counting (from any number to any number by any number), 2. Grouping, 3. Fractions, 4. Problem Solving, 5. Money, 6. Pictures, 7. Addition/Subtraction, 8. Telling time, or 9. Percents. keep reading for tips and techniques to use with your chidren at home!

We will be posting these tips one week at a time, starting with #1, COUNTING!

## Counting

The most basic skills in math are counting and grouping. We want to teach children to count from any

number, to any number, by any number. We want them able to count forward and backward. Commonly,

when we ask new students to count by 2s, but starting at 3, we get the response, "You can't do that." Children should be able to count from all numbers, by all numbers. Ask your children to do the following (out loud, not on paper):

* Count by 1s, starting at 0 (0,1,2,3,...); then start at other numbers: 28, 40, 72, etc.

* Count by 2s, starting at 0 (0,2,4,...); then start at 1 (1,3,5,7,...); then start at other numbers: 28, 84, etc.

* Count by 10s, starting at 0 (0,10,20,30,...); then start at 5 (5, 15, 25, 35,...); then start at any number: 14, 37, 65, etc.

* Count by 1/2s, starting at 0 (0, 1/2, 1, 1 1/2, 2,...); then by 1/4s starting at 0 (0, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4,...); then by 3/4s starting at 0 (0, 3/4, 1 1/2, 2 1/4,...).

* Count by 15s, starting at 0 (0, 15, 30, ...).

* Count by 3s, 4s, 6s, 8s, 9s, 11s, 12s, 20s, 25s, 50s, 75s, 100s, and 150s starting at 0.

The benefits of this type of counting include strong addition skills and painless development of Times Tables.