One, Two, Three, Four, Five

    One Two Three Four Five

    The rhyme “One, Two, Three, Four, Five” is a well-known one. Before acting it out, first teach the words: a fish, a finger and a little finger.

    Practice counting from 1 to 10.

    Act out the rhyme. Take a toy fish. Run around the room and “catch” it. Exclaim: I’ve caught the fish! act out the fish biting you. Drop the fish and say: I let it go. It bit my finger! It bit my little finger!

    Say the rhyme acting it out:

    One, two, three, four, five.
    Once I caught a fish alive,
    Six, seven, eight, nine ,ten,
    Then I let it go again.
    Why did you let it go?
    Because it bit my finger so.
    Which finger did it bite?
    This little finger on the right.

    You should know

    – The rhythm and rhyme help your baby develop the sense of her mother tongue and prepare her for reading and writing.

    – The activity helps develop your baby’s imagination and drama.

    – Counting or other aspects of mathematics are inherent in most situations in life. So, help your child develop them e.g. in cooking, walking or on other situations.

    – It’s important that you understand how much your child is capable of doing.

    – Infants can count from birth. It’s an excellent activity to re-create the Glenn Doman cards with red dots at home and work systematically with them. The dots are from 1 to 100, so your baby can learn counting, numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with them.

    Counting in your native language involves two different learning skills:

    1. Name value – your child learns that 145 is one hundred forty five and not one four and five (as it can be in other cultures).
    2. Your child learns place value – that 145 is composed of smaller numbers.


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