If you’ve spent much time here, you probably have figured out I spend a lot of time digging up free resources for home-schooling and working on language skills. Noah (6 with DS) and I started out on U-Tube today, and I found a bunch of fun and free counting and number videos. You know me – what’s mine is yours.
Here’s a cute little ditty – cartoon numbers with faces dancing around to the tune of 10 Little Indians. This has just enough repetition and covers number names as well as spellings. Putting faces to characters like letters and numbers is a well-known technique in special ed circles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk9Yt1PqQiw
Here’s a rendition of “There were 10 in the Bed.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqF0ev8UOB4&feature=player_detailpage
“Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=4L6e0mwbGXw
Here’s Sean the Train with a 4-minute video focused on counting 1-10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V4q60isaAg
A number song with an ocean theme – ships, children and fish “In the Big Blue Sea” are counted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxzZMw89qY
A banjo-playing hotdog counts 1 to 10 vertically and then horizontally to a funky beat. It’ll grab your kids’ attention. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM3TjUNbO24
A high-quality but simple sing-along with a school theme that will have you humming in no time. Memorizing songs is another proven technique in special ed. Numbers appear first on the chalkboard then on desks, books and a hopscotch and the spellings also are given. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3zaC5onBvM
I’ve seen whole (expensive) writing programs based on this concept that you get for free from Harry Kindergarten at U-Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3zaC5onBvM. A little music, a short rhyme and a video model that takes you through the writing process from 0 to 9.