Every morning we plug our computer into the TV and get our groove on. My four children dance, wiggle and run around the room. I sit back and finish my second or if the morning has been rough, third cup of coffee. It is an awesome start to our morning, and better yet we are learning something.
We have found five you tube channels that we love to visit. They all have fun, upbeat songs that practice skip counting. My five year old, who loves math, has thrived on this. He will randomly say things like, “Hey mom, there are 110 chairs in this room. There are five in each row and 26 rows. If I count by 5, 22 times you get 110.”
Why can he do this?
Number one, God has gifted him with a mathematical brain.
Number 2, we have been singing songs and skip counting for awhile now. Though he may not realize he is multiplying, we are beginning to build that foundation just by singing everyday.
Even my four year old, who is much more interested in Batman than anything learning related, is beginning to show signs that the songs are sticking with him.
My two year old twins join in with us daily. Obviously they aren’t communicating their knowledge of math with me yet, but I’m hoping that the songs will begin developing connections in their brains too. Plus it is fun to see them try to do some of the motions with their adorable arms.
So where can you go to start building connections in your students brain’s?
I absolutely love this guy. He combines exercise with counting. Our favorite song is his “Count to 100” song. A new exercise is introduced after counting 10 numbers. All my little ones get into his videos.
A lot of time I will allow my kiddos to pick which video they want to watch. These videos are simple with colorful backgrounds, but I can count on one of them being picked each morning.
This is another one of my favorites. Each song is animated, and encourages motion. You will find you and your students getting up and getting down, sliding to the left, sliding to the right, and waving your hands in the air. Awesome videos for getting the wiggles out.
This is another one that is very simple, but my children enjoy. They pop up when I type in something like count by 4, but I find it hard to find what I want on his channel.
I, of course, could not leave this one out. I still enjoy these old songs, and though they are not necessarily my children’s favorite I will add them in occasionally. They tend to watch them more than participate, but that is fine. There are some great concepts taught in these songs.
Enjoy this fun time with your students and let me know how it goes.
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