Saturday, May 16, 2009

Numeral Rhymes

I found out why was I in such a bad mood a few days ago. I was getting sick. I am sick now. Running nose :(

Any way, that's is not why I'm writing the blog today.

I chat with a friend who used to teach Kumon Math last night and he was surprised that Den learn her subtraction in one short lesson and has not problem with the concept. He said most kids have problem with subtraction at the beginning.

When I think about it, may be it got to do with all the numerate rhymes that we did since she was 1 year plus. These are some of our favorite:

A). This is first and favorite, we learned it from playgroup and it is a finger play too:

3 little monkeys hanging on the tree
teasing Mr. alligator,
"You cannot catch me! You cannot catch me!"
Along came Mr. Alligator hungry as can be and ....."SNAP"

2 little monkey hanging on the tree....(repeat)

1 little monkey hanging on the tree...(repeat)

(end) No more monkey hanging on the tree.

B). Another favorite, it can be sang:

5 little ducks went out one day,
Over the hill and far away.
mother duck called "Quack! Quack! Quack!"
only 4 little duck came back.

4 little ducks went out one day.....only 3 little duck came back.

3 little ducks went out one day.....only 2 little duck came back.

2 little ducks went out one day.....only 1 little duck came back.

1 little ducks went out one day.....no little duck came back.

Mother duck went out one day,
over the hill and far away.
Mother duck called "Quack! Quack! Quack!"
5 little ducks came back.

C). This can be sang too:

5 current buns in the baker's shop
round and round with the cherries on the top.
Along came _____(a child's name) with a penny one day,
buy a current bun and took it away.

4 current buns in the baker's shop (repeat)

3 current buns in the baker's shop (repeat)

2 current buns in the baker's shop (repeat)

1 current buns in the baker's shop (repeat)

D). This can be sang but we are not sure how, so we only said it:

3 little monkey jumping on the bed
one fell down and bump his head
Mama called the doctor
and the doctor said, "no more little monkey jumping on the bed!"

2 little monkey jumping on the bed (repeat)

1 little monkey jumping on the bed (repeat)

Singing all these rhymes has helped Den to understand the concept of subtraction. In fact, at the beginning she don't understand what is 5-2 but when I told her "if you had 5 candies and you gave 2 to your friend then how many you have now?" she can answer without any problem.

I started off saying or singing all these rhymes to her my self again and again because we both loved them. Later on, I would ask her how many monkey (buns, ducks) left? She would answer me. She started singing the songs her self when she was about 2 1/2.

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