Skip counting by sixes is another building block for a student to do before tackling memorization of the multiplication tables. Just like our other skip counting lessons , you want your child to focus on one number at a time. It is advisable that every skip number that you focus on goes up to multiplies of at least 10. Making each lesson more enjoyable is the key!
As numbers get bigger, it's harder and harder to use large objects. So let's go with something smaller, like pieces of candy. You will need 96 pieces, small safety scissors and the two printed sheets found below. Just click on the sheet images below to download them.
Have your child cut out each triangle, naming each number as they cut. Next, he can count out individual candies into groups of six. Help him lay the triangles out in order under each group of six like this:
and continuing up until you have all 96 candies laid out. (You might only want to go up to 60 if it's close to bedtime).
Between the cutting of the numbers and the counting of the candies, the student will begin to associate everything in groups of six in a visable form.
Have him point to each group, naming the (skip)number under that group of candies. Playfully begin chanting with him, pointing to each skip counting number - getting faster and faster.
Skip Counting By Sixes Worksheets
Now the student should be ready to do a printed worksheet. If possible, have him complete the worksheet at a different place than where the candies are laid out. Then have him return with his finished worksheet, comparing his answers to the visual candy lesson. Click image to download/print.