For info on 'Literacy Through Music' click here.
This interactive is a work station for Pre-schoolers and P1-3 classes.
You can practive rhythmic counting at three speeds: V Slow/Slow/Medium.
V Slow and Slow are 'Call and Response' so you hear the numeral word and copy it back.
At Medium speed there is no 'Call and Response', so you count straight through.
You can practice Forward and Backward Numeral Word Sequences (FNWS & BNWS) and focus on narrow ranges, eg 15-20, 15-10, and focus on crossing decades.
Counting in rhythm is fun and relaxing or children, and you have to do your processing in time so you can
say the word in time with the beat.
Options- you can use a range of number symbols, switch numerals on and off,
and switch the voice on and off- so you can test your children's knowledge
in a variety of ways and keep the challenge fresh.
Count up or down in different number ranges, from 0-10 to 0-100,
Count in 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 10s and practice your Times Tables.
Learn the days of the week, months, 24 hr clock, Cross Decades in both directions.
Use dominoes and counting on fingers, numicons, ten-frames and money.
The Boing Song gives a fun interlude, where you can play an instrument,
clap or jump with the boing, before you get back to serious numeracy studies!
The interactive below is an early demo example. The teaching interactive now contains
numerous additional number ranges, symbol sets, and further options.
If you switch the voice off, children have to respond to just the symbols.
The Slow and V Slow options use a call and response or echo format- so children copy back what they hear- great for initial learning, or for children with English as a second language.
Try it for yourself with the interactive below:
Sit the children in a circle, each with an untuned percussion instrument.
'There are some alien musicians who want to have a jam session with you.
A jam session is when you make music together and you play what you want.
To get a Jam session, you have to win points by answering questions correctly."
Set a Jam Target for your class- 5, 10 15 or 20 points.
(This sets how many questions they have to get right to earn a jam session.)
Alternate between child 1, whole class, child 2, whole class , child 3 whole class etc etc
Ask each in turn to Say then 'Play and Count' the number shown.
(eg 'Number after 8?' = 9. Play 9 sounds on your instrument.)
As children become confident, ask them to just 'Play and Count' the number.
Then ask them to just Play the number and count silently inside their head.
The interactive above is an early demo example- the teaching interactive now contains multiple levels,
And there are now questions using numerals up to 100, and a wide range of number symbols.
There are lesson plans and instructional videos to help children use a different instrumental sound for 'Tens' and 'One' so they can quickly play numbers between 0 and 100, and test their understanding of 'Tens' and 'Ones.