## Awesome Academy: Class in Session!

Welcome to the very first class of Awesome Academy! Today, we’ll be focusing on math and English exercises with fun twists that help us learn. We also have examples to help us get started with worksheets that you can try on your own for more practice, and you can easily print them out for FREE by clicking on the links below.

It’s time to choose which of your favorite dolls will participate with us today, then take a comfortable seat because class is about to begin!

### Let’s Skip Count!

For this math exercise, we’re going to learn how to recognize patterns by skip counting.

Skip counting is a quick way to count forward or backward by counting in 2s, 3s, or even 12s!

Let’s practice some examples together:

If we’re counting to 10, one way we can count is by 1s:

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

But another way is to skip count by 2s:

2, 4, 6, 8, 10.

This lets us get to 10 quicker because we are skipping a number in between. And by adding two to every number, we can see that there is a pattern when we count.

0+2 = 2, 2+2 = 4, 4+2 = 6, 6+2 = 8, and 8+2 = 10 (every number is going up by 2 instead of 1)

We can see another pattern if we decide to skip count by 3s:

0+3 = 3, 3+3 = 6, 6+3 = 9, 9+3 = 12 (now, every number is going up by 3 instead of 2)

Now it’s your turn! Practice skip counting by printing out our free worksheet!

Our friend Hally loves math, and she’s not shy about letting everyone know it. She taught us a cool trick that she learned when multiplying numbers by 9.

To multiply a number by 9, first multiply it by 10 and then subtract the original number from the answer.

Let’s practice one together:

To find 5 x 9

Multiply: 5 x 10 = 50 (when multiplying any number by 10, just add a 0 at the end, always!)

Then, subtract: 50 – 5 (original number) = 45

Let’s do one more!

27 x 9

27 x 10 = 270 (remember to add a 0 at the end)

270 – 27 = 243

27 x 9 = 243

Voila!

### Ring Ring, It’s Time for Our English Class!

In this lesson, we’re going to focus on reading, writing, and comprehending (new word alert: comprehending means to understand something)!

Each of us will choose our favorite book from the OG Bookshelf and write a mini book report. Visit our bookshelf and read for free, then print out our free book report worksheet!