Step in Progression

Interaction Ideas (Songs and Rhymes)

Precounting

Use songs as a context for identifying more, less and the same. Examples of songs you could use are:
As you sing, role play using children or stuffed animals. Stop several times during each song and question the children:
Adapt familiar songs so that the numbers 5 and 10 are not always the focus. For example, 5 little specked frogs can become 9 little specked frogs.
Remember to use Te Reo Māori for numbers/words (PDF, 69 KB)as you sing.

Onetoone counting

Use songs to develop children’s knowledge of the counting sequence and the skill of one to one matching. Use songs that have the numbers in order and support children to match these with their fingers or other objects. Examples of songs you could use are:
Remember to use Te Reo Māori for numbers/words (PDF, 69 KB)as you sing.

Counting sets

Use songs that emphasise groupings to focus children’s attention on the total number of items in a set.
As you sing, use role play and stop several times during each song to count the objects. Question the children to help them link their counting to the number of items in a set. For example:
Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan…
Five/ten little ducks went out one day…
Happy birthday to you….
Five brown buns in a baker's shop…

Counting from one to solve number problems

Adapt familiar songs to include addition and subtraction problems.
Role play the songs/rhymes using children or toys and ask children to count these to solve the number problems. For example:
The wheels on the bus go round and round…
5 little men in their flying saucers flew round the world one day…can be used in a similar way.

Counting on to solve number problems

Adapt familiar songs to include addition and subtraction problems. Encourage children to count on or back from the largest number to solve these problems.
Role play the songs/rhymes using children or toys. For example:
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream…

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