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How to make my 3-year-old stop skipping one of the numbers when counting?

It's a common issue at around that age, both ours had issues with '6' for some reason and skipped from 5 to 7 and the younger one later got stuck with '13' for a short while. The best thing to do is ...
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At what age should a child be able to count to 10?

There are different ideas of "counting" Memorizing 10 words in a row. If they started to speak early and practice a lot, they can manage it when they are about two years old. Being able to count the ...
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How to make my 3-year-old stop skipping one of the numbers when counting?

I'm not a child psychologist, but I've also observed this as common behavior, and my intuition is that it comes from learning the numbers as a sequence, not as having actual intrinsic meaning. I've ...
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How to explain addition vs. place values to a 4½-year-old?

The crux of your issue is an English problem, not a Math problem! I feel the question asked in the title and the issue described in the body are quite different, so I'll address them both, one at a ...
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How to help my 5th grader learn math with me?

Maybe your daughter is not good at maths and getting increasingly frustrated. I had a time where I was bad at maths, too. And in the end, it turned out I am not at all bad at maths, I just had bad ...
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Should I start teaching my 2.4-year-old mathematics?

I'd try a balance of gross motor activities, fine motor activities and reading and arithmetic. Many of these activities are pre-math and pre-reading. Your child should also be well into learning to ...
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How to help our 9-year-old, who struggles with math, to focus?

I've taught eighth grade (13-14 year-old kids) algebra for 28 years. The kids who arrive at middle school not knowing their basic multiplication facts are very unlikely to succeed in math in high ...
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At what age is it best to teach a child mathematics? At what pace?

The best age is "when you need them". But let me elaborate: Math starts way before school, because you need mathematical concepts to explain the everyday world. But we usually don't call it "Math", ...
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What skills should a 4-year-old have when it comes to counting and memorizing numbers?

All children are different, learn at different paces and are stronger in some things than others. This is just the way things are. What you may not realise is that the whole time you've been helping ...
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Is it okay to raise a child by teaching them numbers in base 16?

Surely the base you learn with is arbitrary? I would argue that if you raised your child in total isolation, meaning that it wouldn't ever encounter the base 10 decimal system, this would hold true. ...
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How can I work with a math teacher who is having trouble differentiating learning?

I taught Spec Ed, so this isn't in my bag of tricks. If the teacher is willing to just have her sit in class, and IF she is getting all her work done, including assignments, perhaps she could be ...
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At what age should a child be able to count to 10?

21 months is pretty spot on, or even a bit earlier than a lot of the kids I've seen. You don't mention how consistent she is about it (gets them in the correct order every time, doesn't skip numbers),...
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How to teach elementary math concepts step by step?

I don't have a specific system, but one thing I highly recommend trying is the Montessori method of teaching math concepts. Doesn't have to be done using Montessori concepts generally, just the ...
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How to make my 3-year-old stop skipping one of the numbers when counting?

I wouldn't worry about it too much. Certainly don't make your child feel bad/stressed about it. As James said, "look for opportunities to count up to that 'missing' number". Here's something I've ...
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What skills should a 4-year-old have when it comes to counting and memorizing numbers?

My son is 4 and a half and he only just started counting up to 10. We're going to practise that for a while before we do 11-20. In contrast his older sister could count to 20 already before she was 4....
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Should I start teaching my 2.4-year-old mathematics?

Follow the kid Education is about watching the child and trying to bring out the things that are already in there. If your child is interested in numbers, there's no reason not to talk about them and ...
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How can I work with a math teacher who is having trouble differentiating learning?

Talk to the principal and see if your daughter can be moved to the next grade class in math. Make it clear that this request is not meant to be an insult to her current teacher, but to ensure that ...
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Is it worth my child continuing kumon maths if they don't like it?

When they were quite young, I signed my kids up for some sort of tutoring service (I thought it was Kumon, but it was in a separate retail space facility, not at home, so I might be misremembering the ...
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Is it okay to raise a child by teaching them numbers in base 16?

Let me propose some questions that are, I think, analogous to this one: Would it be child abuse to raise your child by teaching them to exclusively speak an artificial language like Toki Pona or ...
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At what age should a child be able to count to 10?

There can't be such thing as a "typical age" for this milestone (I mean, more precise than "about 2 years old"). Keep in mind that toddler's vocabulary is quite limited : mean [Language ...
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My 13-year-old son has a hard time doing his math homework. How can I help him?

I agree with anongoodnurse, but want to add some additional advice. It's mostly about other options to gather more information on what the root of the problem could be. So he is struggling with math ...
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Should I start teaching my 2.4-year-old mathematics?

According to me (I'm 19yo), it is a good idea: If he is too young, thus not interested enough, this will have little effect over his interest in it for later. It could even still have a positive ...
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How to help my 5th grader learn math with me?

I once tutored a seven-year-old in math because she'd been performing badly in school, probably largely due to a lack of confidence. After I began tutoring her - just one hour a week - she started ...
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Are there resources that provide collections of good math training activities?

Check out Khan Academy, Math Mammoth, Saxon, Abeka, Singapore, Math-U-See, and Miquon. Those are the major curricula used by homeschoolers. The leap pad 2 tablets have some nice math games, and ...
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How can I instigate or spark an interest for math to my 14 year old daughter?

I'm sure there will be more detailed and informative answers, but to start things off: Show her how the math she's learning now (at 14, probably some variety of Algebra, possibly Geometry) will ...
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At what age is it best to teach a child mathematics? At what pace?

The current trend in test-driven school systems like in the United States is to introduce the formal academics too early. By "formal" I mean where you sit down with a page full of problems that you ...
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Is it worth my child continuing kumon maths if they don't like it?

I am not an expert on the Kumon style of teaching, but it looks like it has little to do with the actual problem at hand. You say that your child doesn't like (or gets bored by) numerical ...
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My 13-year-old son has a hard time doing his math homework. How can I help him?

As @WendyG stated, you should get in touch with the school, not only because he's having difficulty and they need to know that, but also, they may have helpful suggestions. They may have students ...
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How can we make an 8 year old child learn multiplication instead of having him or her to memorize it?

Teach the child that at the most basic level, multiplication is a shortcut for adding numbers many time. If the child understands addition, they can always derive the corresponding product by ...
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How can I instigate or spark an interest for math to my 14 year old daughter?

I completely agree with Joe's answer but wanted to add an example from my experience. I found math in middle school and high school to be as boring as rocks. I was lucky, because my dad bought back ...

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