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...well, sort of. I have started a new blog, Oui Crochet, that focuses just on crochet, crochet patterns, and crochet resources. I am in the process of building it up as a one stop shop for all things crochet, and I am very excited about it. I hope you will come over and check out my progress. :)
I will be moving my patterns from this site, to my new site. My idea is to leave this site active, so that you can still access other aspects of this site. I will also leave a modified "introduction" post where each pattern is on this site, as to keep all links active and make it so that you can easily locate the pattern's new home. As an added bonus, you will also find new printable/downloadable versions of my patterns.
I apologize for any inconvenience, but I assure you, this change is a positive one. I look forward to seeing you at Oui Crochet.
Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Counting By Fives and Tens

Sometimes the concept of counting by fives and tens can be a little bit difficult to grasp at first.
I like to teach counting by tens first. I find that it is easier to teach after exploring the tens and ones column and explaining how, when counting by tens, the number in  the tens column changes as though you are counting.
It all makes perfect sense to me.
My daughter just looked at me like I was from another planet.
Um... ok... on to plan B.
After all, when homeschooling, we always have to have a plan B right? What works for one kid doesn't necessarily work for another. I was surprised this time though. My daughter is really good at math. I can give her a page of addition or subtraction, and she is back five or ten minutes later with all of them done correctly. Those same pages would take a couple of my other, more reluctant children (read: kids who thought math was the most boring, torturous thing on the planet) , half the day to do when they were younger. I guess my 7 year old just likes math.  You won't hear me complaining!

So, why is counting by fives and tens so difficult, then?
I don't know, but plan B better work.
Only thing is... um... I didn't have a plan B this time.
I didn't think I'd need it.
Then it hit me! A visual!

She completed her pages in her math book, but she was still not 100% confident.
I wanted to make a couple of charts for her to refer to and practice with.
I figured that I would use nickels and dimes as pictures... you know... two birds with one stone...
And since I was making them, I figured I would learn how to use Google Docs and put them on here to share with you, too! (Just make sure you click the text below if you want to print or view them).

Click here for the Tens Worksheet                    Click here for the Fives Worksheet

Would you like the same worksheets, but with blank spaces under the coins, so that your child can fill them in his/herself? Here ya go:

Click here for a blank Tens Worksheet            Click here for a blank Fives Worksheet

These should work. If you have any problems accessing them, please let me know and I will do my best to figure it out.

How do/did/will you teach counting by fives and tens? I need more ideas, and I'd love to hear yours!



  1. 3 of my kids loved math from the crib on....and would pile arrange sort toys in to groups all the time...they just loved math...they would have liked the chart too., and now know how many steps are in every building they enter..
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  2. Hi momto8! Thanks for stopping by! I have 2 that really love math, so I can identify. :-)
    That is impressive that yours know how many steps in the buildings! I love when kids take such an interest in a subject! :-)

  3. Love this activity! I pinned in onto a few boards. What a great way to teach math, counting and money. Well done!

  4. These are great! Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Party! :)

  5. My son loves coins and he loves counting so this is perfect for him! I was able to download both worksheets without a problem. Thanks for the free printables! -Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

  6. Thanks Lauren & Sarah!
    Lauren, I'm so glad you had no trouble downloading them! (I guess that means I did it right! Yay!)
    I hope your son enjoys them! :-)

  7. What a great lesson!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  8. Thank you Carrie! I hope your weekend is great!


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