Monday, March 16, 2009

Circle Time Activity: Down on the Corner at the Bakery Shop

I made these color sticks the first year I taught a special day class kindergarten and used them with this cute repetitious song that teaches colors and backwards counting:

Down on the Corner at the Bakery Shop
Down on the corner at the bakery shop,
There were twenty little donuts with sugar on top.
Along came (student's name) all alone
She took a (color) one and ran on home.

I brought these up from the basement yesterday and am planning on beginning to sing this some with ER this week, but we'll only do ten little donuts.

I think the original song was with a lot less numbers but I had twenty so that everyone could have a turn. During the fourth line the student who's name I called out in the third line comes up and chooses one "donut"; that's how we all know what color to sing out.

I also used large number flashcards to show each numeral as we sang. Just another little way to reinforce number identification too. I wish I knew the source for this song, if you know please let me tell me so I can give credit where it's due.

I also occassionally used the color sticks to help choose partners for activities. Choose a stick and find the other student with the same color.

10 Friends Said:

dougandcheryl said...

That is a fun idea. I might have to make some of those.

*Noelle* said...

cute and fun idea, like always!! don't feel rushed to get my swap stuff together if you are busy; with work starting up this week and classes; i am going to be running like a mad woman so i hurried up to get them mailed off today:) you should have it in 2-3 days! i am so excited for you to get it:) i had a hard time letting go of one particular item; "think spring" on that one!! lol

hugs,
noelle ♥

Christa said...

I am keeping this idea in the back of my mind so that when I finish with school and can teach I can use this! I might even make them now to start singing with my twins.

Kris said...

What a fun idea! Did you cut those donut shapes out or is this a die-cut? I love that little music rhyme!

Vickie said...

You are so creative! What a great idea!

Seener Beaner said...

Eeeek Katie, I just saw two of your comments on my blog from Hawaii that I didn't see as they had to be "moderated" for some weird reason. Sorry! wasn't ignoring!! :)

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Oh, this is such a cute idea! Something I will definitely be tucking away...

Missy said...

How fun, Katie.I'm sure the kids loved the catchy song. I know my daughter learns so well if concepts are put to music. It's great! Thanks for your happy birthday wishes, as well. I see you had a good time, too! Thanks!

Annie said...

Excellent idea.

Have a great week.

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The Harris Family said...

I love this idea. My daughter will have so much fun with this and I have been looking for ideas to help her practice her numbers. Thanks for sharing. Also thanks for the nice comments you left on my blog.

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