The Duluth Montessori School

Established over 40 years ago, The Duluth Montessori School is fully accredited by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the organization established to protect and maintain the integrity of the Montessori principles. We educate children 14 months to 15 years of age. Fully accredited by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)

Musical Mathematics

Ms. Feather’s class enjoys a musical twist to their mathematic lessons and wanted to share the songs they sing.  Enjoy!

The Two Song:

I told the witch doctor I could not count by twos

I told the witch doctor she told me what to do

She told me

2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20.

2, 4, 6, 8, 10 bing, bang, walla, walla, bing, bang!

 

The Three Song

To learn to count to threes

Is as easy as can be,

if you sing along with me.

3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30…whisper fade out and repeat

24, 27, 30, …Start over very loud.

 

The Four Song: 

(put out a finger for each number)

4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 

Counting by fours is so easy it’s funny 

24 let’s do more 

28 this is great 

32 we’re not through, 

36 it’s you who can count to 40 

CHHHHHhhHHhH (whiggle all fingers

 

The Five Song:

Watch my feet come alive,

I’ll do the dancing you count by fives

5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 

 

Watch my feet come alive

You do the dancing I’ll count to fives.

5, 10, 15 …..

 

Watch my feet come alive

Boys do the dancing Girls counts by fives.

Those with shorts do the dancing. Those with pants count to fives. Etc.

 

The Six Song:

6,12,18,24, 30 

6,12,18,24, 30 

6,12,18,24, 30

6,12,18,24, 30

36

42

48

54

60!!!

The Seven Song:

I met a little boy from outer space,

with a big purple cape and a little green face.

He’s the smartest boy I ever did meet,

And he told me his name was count EZ.

 

He said I collect sevens I put them in a box,

I hide them in a drawer with my marbles and my socks.

I love collecting sevens they give me lots of luck.

I give them lots of rides in my tractor and my truck.

Bum ba dum ba dum ba dum da

 

I can make a seven from a 3 and a 4

They stack real neatly and they are easy to store.

I love counting sevens they give me lots of luck.

I give them lots of rides in my tractor and my truck.

Bum ba dum bad um bad um

 

Chorus

7, 14, 21, 28

Keep on counting 35 can’t wait

42, 49, 56, 63

Wouldn’t you like to count to seventy with me.

Bum ba dum ba dum ba dum da

 

I can make seven from a 5 and a 2

The two is green and the five is blue.

I love counting sevens they give me lots of luck.

I give them lots of rides in my tractor and my truck.

Bum ba dum bad um bad um

 

Chorus

7, 14, 21, 28

Keep on counting 35 can’t wait

42, 49, 56, 63

Wouldn’t you like to count to seventy with me.

Bum ba dum ba dum ba dum da

 

I can make a seven from a six and a one

But counting by sevens is the very most fun

I love counting sevens they give me lots of luck.

I give them lots of rides in my tractor and my truck.

Bum ba dum bad um bad um

 

I love counting sevens with count EZ

 

The Eight Song: (A call and repeat song.)

 8, 16, 24, 32 

 8, 16, 24, 32 (repeat)

Doesn’t this sound familiar to you?

40 (call)

40 (repeat)

48, 56, 64, 72

48, 56, 64, 72

Counting by eights is so easy to do.

80 

80

 

Consistency

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The holiday season is filled with wonder. The sights are bright, the smells are luscious and the sounds are beautiful. Giving your child the gift of tradition is one of the great joys of being a parent. Holiday traditions ground us to who we are and the values of our childhood and passing them on to our children help to keep the child in us alive.

Every year as we head into the winter break we think about the children that came in the door just a few short months ago and how they have changed and grown in the classroom. The children are moving with confidence, toileting independently, changing their own clothes when needed, as well as enjoying community meals where they set the table and feed themselves.

This holiday season as you travel, shop, cook, attend and/or host parties, remember that your child needs a consistent routine. Toddler aged children especially need for their days to be as normal as possible. Try to plan for naptime and mealtimes to remain the same and remember that the toileting process is especially important for your toddler.

Your child is making great strides in becoming independent, so you will want to allow him to practice these new skills over the break. Commit to keeping your toddler in cotton underwear over the time away from school. You can purchase underpants that have a protective outer layer to safeguard holiday clothing, but avoid using diapers or disposable underpants, as these will hinder your child’s progress. Be prepared for public settings and travel by packing extra clothing, a small travel potty and a bit of extra time. Also, remember to stick to a schedule and remind your child to use the toilet if he is not yet asking or telling you that he needs to go.

Remember, this is a very short window of time that you will need to be this diligent in protecting your child’s routine, but the benefit is immeasurable. This toddler stage of development is where foundations are laid and the stronger that foundation the more confident and self-assured your child will become. As the adults in the child’s life, our job is to prepare the environment for him to have the best possibility for success. There has been much hard work in the Toddler Community thus far and your child truly deserves continuity and support as he moves into the New Year.

Happy Holidays!

Traci Gagnon