Recently, we have been talking a lot with Katie about skip counting. She has been coloring hundreds charts, playing skip-counting games, and today we even read a story about it. After we finished reading we had the following conversation:

Katie: You can skip count by any number!

Me: I guess so.

Katie: No wait, that’s not true. You can’t skip count by 1’s.

Me: Why not?

Katie: Because then you’re not *skipping* anything.

Me: Yeah, I guess you’re right. If you go by 1’s then you’re just plain counting.

Katie: And you can’t skip count by zeroes.

Me: And why not?

Katie: (after a pause) well maybe you could…

Me: Ok, try skip counting by zeroes. What do you get?

Katie: Zero,…, zero, zero, zero 🙂

I guess you skip lot of numbers this way!

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