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"We used the HeidiSongs DVD's last year all the time. I "piloted" them in Alabama and they were WONDERFUL. What I did was this: each morning we had a 10 minute slot (this was around February when they arrived) and I would put in the dvd. We would do the songs for 10 minutes and the next morning pick up where it left off. When the dvd was over we started back at the beginning - on Friday's we had a "spelling test" on five of the words from the dvd. (I didn't actually take a grade on it . It was just to see how well they could spell them and to help get them ready for 1st grade) They did wonderful! Out of 17 students - 2 were unable to get any words (1 of those is being retained in kindergarten) 1 got about 2 words (he is also being retained) The other 14 made 100% or only missed 1 every week! If they hesitated I could say "remember the song" and they would start singing to themselves and be able to write the word! It was great!"
Note: DVDs will NOT work in a CD player.
AAB Pattern - Musical Math
Estimate Song - Musical Math
Quarter Song - Musical Math
Musical Math helps kids learn the vocabulary associated with many primary math concepts, including: counting to 100, sorting, patterning, comparing sets (more, less, and equal), skip counting, coin recognition, estimation, addition, and subtraction. The songs are short, fun, and catchy. Many of the videos and song titles show visual elements that reinforce the concept along with the numeric word counts and examples. The activities on the Musical Math Resource CD also support the concepts presented in this set of songs. This CD and DVD set is a teacher favorite and a "must have" for any K-1 classroom.
Concepts Covered Are:
1-100, I Can Sort, Position Words, More, Less, Equal, AB Pattern, ABC Pattern, AAB Pattern, What Comes Next?, Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Estimate, Count By 10’s, Count by 2’s, Count by 5’s, Sphere, Cube, Cone, Addition, Addition Doubles, 5 + 2, 2 + 3, 2 + 4, 3 + 4, 5 + 3, 6 + 3, 6 + 4, Anything Plus Zero, Mix It Up, Subtraction, Bonus Track: Alphabet Action Song.
Building Primary Math Concepts
Because language arts instruction is so important and seems to eat up so much time, I find that it is all the more crucial to make sure that my math instruction is effective and is delivered efficiently. I use math manipulatives in small groups daily to develop math concepts and understandings, and then use the songs from the CD to help reinforce and review these math concepts at other times of the day as well. The songs on the Musical Math CD and DVD are particularly helpful in reviewing the academic vocabulary associated with these math concepts.
For example, in the AAB pattern song, they sing, “Chug, chug, caboose! Chug, chug, caboose! Duck, duck, goose! Duck, duck, goose!” all with movements for each one. It’s definitely a favorite activity!
The songs help link the concrete math concepts that we are learning with the abstract math vocabulary that they must also learn. Once they have a solid label for each concept in their heads and can build their own examples of these patterns, true learning has taken place. We will work on a concept such as patterning for several weeks, and sing the songs on and off again during the actual math lessons, during transition times, or whenever the kids need a chance to get up and move a little to get those wiggles out!
Musical Math also has songs like this for sorting, comparing sets (more, less, and equal), coin recognition, skip counting, counting to 100, addition, and subtraction. But no matter what the concept, my basic lesson plan is to first introduce the concept whole group with magnetic manipulatives, sing the song, and then work on the concept in small groups with manipulatives. After that, if the skill must be transferred to paper, then we work on that, too. Meanwhile, we keep reviewing the songs as often as time will permit. Hopefully, when the children hear the songs, they will be visualizing their experiences with the manipulatives in their heads, and connecting this learning to the math vocabulary that the song is about.
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Math Standards K & Grade 1 - Know number names and the count sequence, Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category
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