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# I will teach him to skip count 5's, I will teach him to skip count 5's...

Posted by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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*big deep breaths*

I have to stay calm. my frustration will not help. With Cole it seems every time I make a break through in one area, we stumble in the next. Last month it was phonics. While, he's not reading yet, he is getting there. Now, here we are with him crumpling into a puddle of tears for 2 days over learning to count nickles. You know, I can't teach him time, either, because it involves skip counting 5's. aaahhhhhh!!!

Anyone running into stumbling blocks with their kiddos this week?

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Have you tried working with rhythms? Kids remember rhythmically learning really well. Put on a metronome and set it to one speed then count and clap (or stomp feet) 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 etc. Or try coming up with a catchy song.

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:03 PM

We used numbers on the floor and had them run between the numbers and say them.

by Platinum Member on Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:06 PM

I might try with a metronome, thanks! Any hand movements seem to upset him. Yesterday, using the numbers chart confused him. Today, not using it confused him. The way he acts, I think he immediately wants to quit if he doesn't get it the first try. If I make him keep going he will 'forget' everything, Like the order of numbers. Or he won't be able to repeat after me. Or instead of saying 15, he will say 16, 14,17,18 and then 13. Every number but the exact one he is supposed to say. 8(

Quoting MamaPrime:

Have you tried working with rhythms? Kids remember rhythmically learning really well. Put on a metronome and set it to one speed then count and clap (or stomp feet) 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 etc. Or try coming up with a catchy song.

by Platinum Member on Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Really? Were the numbers in order or not? If I can find a fun way to do it, it might work smoother.

Quoting alexsmomaubrys2:

We used numbers on the floor and had them run between the numbers and say them.

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Then I would definitely try to break it up with a little song or something.

Like 5, 10 just like Ben (have a picture of a 10 year old "Ben")

15, 20 he likes his honey (have a picture of Ben eating honey)

25, 30 Ben get's dirty (Picture of ditry Ben)

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

In order, in a line on the floor and they were hoping from number to number in the "train" and laughing while saying them.

5..hop...10...hop...15...hop..etc.

Quoting mem82:

Really? Were the numbers in order or not? If I can find a fun way to do it, it might work smoother.

Quoting alexsmomaubrys2:

We used numbers on the floor and had them run between the numbers and say them.

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by Platinum Member on Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Thanks! I'm going to give it a go tomorrow!

Quoting alexsmomaubrys2:

In order, in a line on the floor and they were hoping from number to number in the "train" and laughing while saying them.

5..hop...10...hop...15...hop..etc.

Quoting mem82:

Really? Were the numbers in order or not? If I can find a fun way to do it, it might work smoother.

Quoting alexsmomaubrys2:

We used numbers on the floor and had them run between the numbers and say them.

by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:35 PM

did you try with groups of fives spread out? like 5 pennies (or whatever your using)in one group, 5 pennies in another group etc,

by Platinum Member on Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM

yep! He gets the concept. He knows that 2 nickles =10 pennies but he can't count beyond 2 nickles. If I hold out 3 nickles, he's lost. But he can count on his fingers and do the math to fifteen. Does that make sense?

Quoting oredeb:

did you try with groups of fives spread out? like 5 pennies (or whatever your using)in one group, 5 pennies in another group etc,

by Platinum Member on Dec. 6, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I never thought of that. Thanks! Kind of like one, two buckle my shoe... 8)

Quoting MamaPrime:

Then I would definitely try to break it up with a little song or something.

Like 5, 10 just like Ben (have a picture of a 10 year old "Ben")

15, 20 he likes his honey (have a picture of Ben eating honey)

25, 30 Ben get's dirty (Picture of ditry Ben)