# Counting on Numbers

One math skill that is important for young learners to master is counting.  This is a basic concept that a parent may think is not an area where they may need to help their child at home.  Many parents spend time during their child’s toddler years going over counting with blocks or other toys in the manner of “1, 2, 3…”  However there are many advanced counting skills that are also important to review with your child.

In kindergarten through second grade, the concept of counting becomes more complex than just memorizing incremental numbers.  Additional counting skills include adding from a given number (10+1=11), counting to the next level when there is a number change (39…40), adding numbers to make ten (9+3=10), and skip counting (2, 4, 6, 8..). These are fundamental math skills that are important for children to master to advance their math ability for higher level math in upper elementary school and beyond.

There are many activities that you can do with your child to make learning these skills fun and engaging.

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Article by Laura VanHellemont