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Many children's songs and fingerplays help reinforce basic math concepts. Whenever possible, I incorporate objects that the children can count or other visual images such as graphs. This not only makes the information easier for children to understand but also allows me to introduce vocabulary.

At home, parents can help their children by creating activities and games to talk about math. Take children on a nature walk and allowing them to collect items such as, small stones, sea shells or leaves.

When you get home, you can divide the objects and separate them into two or more parts. Which ones are smaller? Which ones are bigger. Which group has more than the other, or are they equal? One last bit of advice is to __always keep it fun__! Math is all around us and the more familiar children are with basic concepts the better they will do in school.

**Five Little Shamrocks** [2]

One green shamrock, in the morning dew,

Another one sprouted,

and then there were two.

Two green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree;

Another one sprouted,

and then there were three.

Three green shamrocks, by the cottage door;

Another one sprouted,

and then there were four.

Four green shamrocks, near a beehive

Another one sprouted,

and then there were five.

Five little shamrocks, bright and emerald green,

Think of all the luck

these shamrocks will bring.

**Five green Speckled Frogs** [3]

Five green Speckled Frogs sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Then there were 4 green speckled frogs

4 green Speckled Frogs

Sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Then there were 3 green speckled frogs

3 green speckled frogs

Sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Then there were 2 green speckled frogs

2 green speckled frogs

Sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Then there was one green speckled frog

1 green speckled frog

Sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!

He jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Then there were no green speckled frogs.

**Alice The Camel has Five Humps** [4].

Alice the camel has five humps.

Alice the camel has five humps.

Alice the camel has five humps.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has four humps.

Alice the camel has four humps.

Alice the camel has four humps.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has three humps.

Alice the camel has three humps.

Alice the camel has three humps.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has two humps.

Alice the camel has two humps.

Alice the camel has two humps.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has one hump.

Alice the camel has one hump.

Alice the camel has one hump.

So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has no humps.

Alice the camel has no humps.

Alice the camel has no humps.

Cause Alice is a horse of course!

**Five Little Froggies** [5]

Five little froggies sat on a shore

(Children crouch in a row like frogs)

One went for a swim, then there were four

(First frog leaps and swims off)

Four little froggies

(Children crouch in a row like frogs)

Looked out to sea

(Children put hand at brow and look out to sea)

One went swimming, and then there were three

(Second frog leaps and swims off)

Three little froggies said "What can we do?"

(Children crouch, and repeat)

One jumped in the water, then there were two

(Third frog leaps and swims off)

Two little froggies sat in the sun

(Children crouch)

One swam off, and then there was one

(Fourth frog leaps and swims off)

One little froggie said "This is no fun!"

(Child crouches and repeats)

He dived in the water, and then there were none!

**Five Little Hot Dogs** [6] - Dr. Jean “Just for Fun” CD

Five little hotdogs frying in the pan.

The grease got hot, and one went BAM!

Four little hotdogs…

Three…

Two…

One…

No little hotdogs frying in the pan.

The pan got hot and it went BAM!

One little, two little,

Three little monsters

Four little, five little,

Six little monsters

Seven little, eight little,

Nine little monsters

Ten of them can't scare me!

Ten little, nine little,

Eight little monsters

Seven little, six little,

Five little monsters,

Four little, three little,

Two little monsters,

One of them can't scare me!

None of them can scare me!

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[4] http://www.theteachersguide.com/kidsongs/alicetheamel.htm

[5] http://www.theteachersguide.com/kidsongs/fivelittlefroggies.htm

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