Friday, August 30, 2013

Fingerplay Fun Friday!

Here is a quick fingerplay called Chook Chook Chook

Chook Chook Chook

Chook, chook, chook, chook
Good morning Mrs. Hen
How many chickens have you got?
Madam, I've got ten

Four of them are yellow
Four of them are brown
Two of them are speckled red
The nicest in the town!


I like this one because it presents kids with a really fast and simple introduction to addition.  Count out the number of chickens using both hands.  First, raise four fingers on one hand (except the thumb).  Next, raise four finger on the other hand (except the thumb).  Finish it up by wiggling the two thumbs remaining.

You can build on the rhyme by having a conversation with your child after it's all over.  The conversation could go something like this:

  • "How many chickens were yellow?"
  • "How many chickens were brown?"
  • "How many were speckled red?"
  • "What do we get when we add four yellow chickens with four brown chickens and two red speckled chickens?"
  • Answer: "Madam, I've got ten!"

When children make real world connections with the abstract concepts, they are much more likely to understand how things like mathematics work!  Pretty neat.

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