What makes some kids good at algebra and others not so good? I’m convinced that the skill of skip counting is vitally helpful. It’s not the only factor, but it’s a huge factor. I’ll explain.

Skip counting is counting in multiples of a number – 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, etc., or 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, etc.

I’ve got dozens of success stories of kids who’ve benefitted from learning – and practicing – the skill of skip counting. My preferred method for both learning and practicing skip counting is singing, using either of two CD’s of skip count songs (see our Math Products/Media menu for more information on obtaining these CD’s).

The skip count songs have a unique set of lyrics and melodies for each number from 2 through 10, with the chorus for each song being counting in multiples of that number.

The power of music is how most of us learned our ABC’s. Many people can hear the first few notes of a song they haven’t heard in years – and the entire song comes back to memory. Singing songs and listening to songs is simply fun for kids – and these skip count songs teach so many things about the field of whole numbers. I’ve got a couple handfuls of success stories about skip count songs that I’ll be posting in future blogs.