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Some children do very well at memorizing their multiplication tables.  Some struggle.  An important bridge students need to cross before multiplying is skip-counting. Skip-counting is a concept that helps students understand their multiplication drills.  Sometimes, the reason children struggle with their multiplication tables is that they have skipped this VERY important step. Skip-counting forwards is not enough.  They must learn to skip-count backwards, as well. If a child can say their multiplication tables with ease and cannot skip-count with ease, then they have only memorized a bunch of numbers.  This will cause problems eventually.      The first step to learning to skip-count should involve a hundred chart or number line.  This visual tool helps them have some confidence and visualize number sequences.  Have them count backwards from 60 to zero by 3's.  Next, have them start at 100 and count backwards by 5's.  Finally,... read more

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