Technique 86 – Teach the numbers in a fun and natural way.
Nature must have meant for children to learn numbers from songs. Why do we think that? Because there are so many simple songs with numbers in them that are fun to sing. Here are some examples:
“Hickory Dickory Dock” – “The clock struck one!”
“Two Little Apples” – “Two little apples smiled at me.”
“Three Blind Mice” – “Three Blind Mice…” and “Old King Cole” – “And he called for his fiddlers three.”
“This Old Man” – all the numbers including four. The example is “This old man he played four, he played knick knack on my door with a knick knack paddy wack give the dog a bone, he played knick knack on my door.”
“Five Little Monkeys” – “Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.”
“The Ten Little Indians,” often changed to “The Ten Little Fingers” – specifically designed for counting fingers.
These songs and many others have been passed down from generation to generation with variations in different cultures.
March! The Month of the Rainbow
Time to eat across the rainbow. Leave it to nature. If you and your child eat at least one food from each of the rainbow colors everyday, you and your child will have an eating day packed with high nutrition. Different colors provide different nutrients, and a variety is needed every day.
Fun for kids and good way to ensure good nutrition!