Before learning skip counting by sevens, be sure your child is well acquainted with counting by the previous numbers. As the numbers we skip count by get larger, the tasks may become more difficult for your child.
Reinforce earlier lesson skills by saying them out loud with your student at various times throughout the day. A car ride to school can be spent practicing skip counting or say them out loud while doing chores like washing the dishes together. Learn to work these "mini reviews" in casually and without pressure.
Multiplication seems to be something that many pupils struggle with. If you can work towards making memorization of the basic multiplication tables more fun, most children can learn them without a problem.
Although it's tempting to simply hand the printed worksheet to the student and tell her to fill it out . . . we're going to change things up a bit with a fine motor activity. The lesson may become more meaningful (and memorable) when she is allowed to "cut and create" her worksheet.
The more time spent on the activity, the more likely she'll remember the numbers.
Download the 1st page below and have the child cut out each individual tulip row (including the empty box).
Have your child then paste each strip on brown construction paper (representing her "garden").
While the glue is drying, spend some time having her count each individual row out loud, which will impress the fact that each row contains seven tulips.
Now have her start at the beginning again - this time pausing to count up to 7 and write "7" in the first blank box.
Have the student continue to count the second row of tulips until she reaches 14 - and then write "14" in the box. Continue until all the boxes have been filled in.
In the second worksheet there are stacks of gold coins. Each stack has seven gold coins in it. Count the stacks and then write the number of coins on the line. Have your child double-check her work by counting the coins individually. Here again, you could turn the activity into a fine motor task. Cut out the coins, glue them onto a sheet of construction paper, draw a "BANK" around the coins, and then skip count all of the coins to see how much money is in your child's bank!
In the third worksheet there are three rows of items. Fill in the missing numbers by counting up or down by sevens.
The remaining worksheets have six boxes on them. In each box is an item that comes in sevens (globe has 7 continents, groups of seven dwarves, and a rainbow's 7 colors). Use skip counting by sevens to quickly tally the total number of items in each box and then write it on the line at the bottom.
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