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# Counting

What age do children start counting by odds, evens, 5's and 10's ec..? I know if you expose them to it they'll catch on. But as an average...what age do they start?

Asked by Anonymous at 5:37 AM on Apr. 26, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

• Around 5-6.

Answer by Anonymous at 7:06 AM on Apr. 26, 2010

• My son is almost 5 and is just starting with counting by 2s, and 5s. But I think it is more rhythm and reciting rather than actually calculating by multiples. He can recognize any written number up to 100, but he can't actually count items past twenty. After he gets to 20, he just starts adding random numbers to keep the rhythm going.

Answer by VeronicaLee at 7:42 AM on Apr. 26, 2010

• We focus on counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s in first grade if that helps.

Answer by KairisMama at 7:48 PM on Apr. 26, 2010

• Our school introduces skip counting in kindergarten - 5s and 10s with a light touch on 2s by discussing "odd" and "even" numbers. Counting by 2s becomes a 1st grade component.

Some kids can pick it up earlier. Others won't no matter how much you expose them to it. It's an "advanced" (as in not basic) math concept that requires certain connections to be made before a child can process the concept. Many kids simply aren't developmentally ready to master the skill prior to kindergarten.

Answer by ldmrmom at 12:41 PM on Apr. 27, 2010

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