The "Monkey Day" parade is a very big deal. The crowd loves to watch the Monkey Cyclists who cycle two by two (2, 4, 6, 8…). They're followed by the Monkey Tumblers, who travel in groups of three (3, 6, 9, 12…). Finally, there is the Monkey Band lined up four across (4, 8, 12, 16…).
Counting by 2s, 3s and 4s is called skip-counting and is an important step in the development of multiplication skills.
Stuart J. Murphy is a Boston-based author and visual learning strategist. He is the author of the award-winning MathStartseries, which includes a total of 63 children’s books that present mathematical concepts in the context of stories for Pre-K through Grade 4. He is also the author of Stuart J. Murphy’s I SEE I LEARN, a 16-book series of storybooks for children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 that focus on social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills. Stuart is on the authorship team of a number of mathematics programs published by Savvas Learning, formerly Pearson Education, and a frequent presenter at educational conferences. Most of all, Stuart is an advocate of helping our children develop their visual learning skills so they become more successful students.