The most obvious way to learn isn’t necessarily the best way to learn. There is a reason why songs make up such a huge portion of educational material aimed at kids. As a result, math songs can be surprisingly useful for kids seeking to learn about counting and other math-related topics.
Here are 10 awesome math songs for kids:
10. 5 Little Penguins
People aren’t just born knowing things. Instead, they have to build up their knowledge bit by bit. Thanks to that, there is a place for “5 Little Penguins,” which is a great way to teach kids how to count. There are numerous variations of these songs. If penguins don’t seem like a particularly interesting choice of subject, it shouldn’t be hard to find something more suitable.
9. Chicken Count
Speaking of which, “Chicken Count” is a song much the same as “5 Little Penguins.” The main difference is that “Chicken Count” goes to a higher number. Other than that, it is also a decent way to familiarize kids with chickens, which are some of the most common animals on the planet thanks to their usefulness as domesticated animals.
8. A Counting We Will Go
“A Counting We Will Go” is yet another counting song like “5 Little Penguins” and “Chicken Count.” It goes up to 20, meaning it goes further than those two songs. Besides that, it is also notable in that it is focused purely on numbers, meaning there is nothing else that can distract the listeners.
7. Counting Backwards
A mastery of numbers means being able to count them backward with the same ease as counting them backward. As a result, a song specifically focused on counting backward can be just as useful as its counterparts focused on counting forwards. With that said, it seems like one of those songs that would be positioned later for the listener to learn.
6. Shapes All Around Us
Math is a field that encompasses a wide range of topics. For instance, one of its oldest branches would be geometry, which is concerned with 2D shapes and their higher-dimensional counterparts. Generally speaking, geometry gets more focus much later on. Still, it isn’t a bad idea to get started on the basics sooner rather than later, particularly since those basics are so relevant in day-to-day life. Shapes are everywhere, so it is good to have the means needed to describe them.
5. The Measurement Song
Once upon a time, learning measurements was a nightmare. After all, pre-modern societies had little centralization. Thanks to that, it wasn’t just different countries that used different measurements, it was different parts of the same countries using different measurements. Imagine the hassle of switching measurements whenever traveling somewhere new, though to be fair, most people in pre-modern societies didn’t do much traveling.
Nowadays, there are still some countries that still use different measurements. However, they are standardized, meaning it is much easier to convert them back and forth as needed. Of course, that is from an adult’s perspective. Once again, everyone has to start somewhere, meaning “The Measurement Song” is a useful tool for kids to start learning about the different things that can be measured.
4. Coin Song
Financial education is one of those things that don’t come up much in school. That is a real shame when personal finance skills are so critical in day-to-day life. The “Coin Song” isn’t quite a lesson on personal finance. Still, it is no exaggeration to say that it lays a bit of the foundation that kids will one day use to make sense of personal finance and other finance-related topics.
Amusingly, one can make the case that the “Coin Song” is also one of those songs that are starting to show their age. Inflation has been eating away at the value of money. As a result, it isn’t uncommon for countries to retire the lowest-value coins when it is no longer worthwhile to produce them. Indeed, there have already been bills introduced to stop the production of pennies in the United States, though none have succeeded thus far.
Simultaneously, the use of cash to make payments is becoming less and less popular. Coins and bills won’t be disappearing anytime soon. Despite that, it isn’t hard to imagine a future in which they have greatly-reduced relevance. When that happens, one can’t help but wonder what will happen to the “Coin Song.”
3. A Fraction Is a Part of a Whole
Fractions are a surprisingly useful tool. “A Fraction Is a Part of a Whole” won’t go into thorough detail on how to use that tool. However, it is a wonderful introduction to the basic idea, thus preparing kids for future lessons on the subject.
2. This Is Number Zero
Nowadays, we don’t think much about the idea of zero because we are used to it. That isn’t necessarily guaranteed to be the case. Some cultures adopted the idea with minimal fuss. In contrast, others got tied up in philosophical musing on the topic.
For instance, some of the ancient Greek thinkers are known to have mulled over the idea of nothing because if it was something, it didn’t make any sense for it to be nothing. Due to this, it isn’t a bad idea to introduce the idea of zero using this song sooner rather than later.
1. The Ants Go Marching
“The Ants Go Marching” is one more counting song. Other than that, it is also useful for introducing ants to kids. They might not be as relevant as chickens to modern society, but they are nonetheless important creatures in their own right. For that matter, plenty of people find ants interesting for one reason or another, with an excellent example being their unusual degree of organization. Kids are no exceptions to this.
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