Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “Let’s Count To 100” in the classroom and at home for lots of fun learning with little ones. She has lots of great ideas! And she’ll lead us through the song using gestures – an excellent way to introduce a song to children. “Let’s Count To 100” focuses on the numbers from 1-100 and encourages little ones to count along as we go. It also is great for movement!
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- This is a great counting song for practicing counting to bigger numbers – it goes all the way to 100!
- Use this song to celebrate the 100th day of school!
- Try writing all the numbers from 1-100 on the board and point to the numbers as you sing. You pick students to come up to the board and write a section of the numbers as you play the song in the background, too!
- This can also be a great movement song! Try doing a movement as you sing and count, like jumping jacks or hops. At the end you would have done 100 of them!
- You can also try taking 100 steps with your students. Pick one student to be the leader – they can lead the other students around the classroom in a line. Have the leader take one step for each number as you sing the song or have it playing in the background. If you have enough space inside or outside, it might be interesting to see how far 100 steps can take you if you walk in a straight line.
- Once your students have mastered counting to 100, try counting all sorts of things. You can put a bunch of small items, like jelly beans, into a jar and have your students guess how many there are inside. Once everyone has made their guess, open the jar and count them all together to see who has the closest guess! You can also do this with items you already have in your classroom. How many toys are in the bin? How many students are there in the class, or even the whole school? Ask questions and count to find the answer!
- For an independent activity, have your students write out the numbers 1-100 on a piece of paper, and then play the song so they can check their work.