What You Need:
- Dry erase board
- Dry erase markers
What You Do:
- Sit down with your child, and use the dry erase markers and board to write out a sequence of numbers with a distinct pattern. For example, write 10, 8, 6, 4.
- Discuss with your child whether the order of numbers is ascending (getting bigger in value) or descending (becoming smaller in value).
- Using the example, explain that the pattern you wrote is descending.
- Instruct your child to find the difference between the numbers that are next to each other. In the example, this number would be two.
- Write a new sequence with one number missing, such as 12, 9, __, 3.
- Have your child find the difference between the numbers (3) and fill in the missing number.
- Create different sequences and have your child find the missing numbers!
Challenge your child by making the difference bigger. Do this until he is comfortable with skip counting!