Some days as parents are more fulfilling than others. I think we’ve all been there even if we don’t have kids, just in life, there are some days that are more fulfilling. Somedays you just know you’re doing the right thing. I’m typing this knowing Wednesday night knowing the post will go up Thursday, so forgive me if I bounce back and forth between “times”. But I’m sitting here tonight after I worked on a project for school today. I realized today after writing on our white board for the, um, must be 98th time this school year our numbers for skip counting that I should make a skip counting book! Insert *DUH* here (yes, there is a reason my friends call me Aman*DUH*). So I set off to make it. And I finished it, quite pleased with the result.
But before I show it to you, I have to tell you about the fulfilling part of the evening. We were tucking the kids in bed, and we implemented a new reading time when C has to read to Dad each night. Well, being the first night, we forgot until we were already in bed. So I got the book and brought it to them. As they were reading, I noticed that Dad pronounced “a” differently than I do. Both ways are correct, it’s just a matter of formality. But it was a fantastic time to talk about how we code for phonics and why and all that good stuff. It was just a moment that hit me of one of the big reasons I love homeschooling. When we started this gig, I didn’t realize how much it would matter, but now that we are in it, I LOVE that I know exactly what the kids are learning. As teacher, I know what, where, why, who and how. It makes life a classroom! And I love that! I didn’t know this would be part of the scenario, but it is! And it’s one of the best things! (But in reality, I have about four reasons that are all #1 in my book as to why I homeschool LOL).
Anyway, onto the skip number chart. Skip counting is the new “term” they use for what we called “counting by 2” etc when I was a kid. Always gotta be changing things and making them more smart. Whatever that means. We’ve been skip counting by 7s! Yikes – bet you can’t do that out of second nature. So a flip chart is super important I decided after I wrote and erased for the way-too-many-ith time today the numbers. Really, why didn’t I think of this sooner???? (I don’t really want you to answer LOL).
But being as how my blog here is mostly about scrapping, I couldn’t just make the chart boring if I was going to share it here. I had to make the cover a little bit fancy, but not over the top because I knew it would be used constantly and, well, frankly abused.
Supplies: Simple Stories Elementary, misc cardstock (8.5 x 11) & misc rings
If you’d like to download the chart, I did the hard part for you! You can download it here Skip Counting Chart. Print the pages on 8.5x11 cardstock, cut in half vertically (at 4.25”). I punched the holes with my Bind It All even though I didn’t have any o-wires that large and used just binder rings. The chart includes skip counting by 2 (to 100), 3 (to 60), 4 (to 80), 5 (to 100), 6 (to 100+), 7 (to 100+), 8 (to 80), 9 (to 90) 10 (to 1,000) and 1,000 (to 10,000)