Sunday, May 29, 2011

Music for Math

Simple chants and songs are used in many classrooms across the country, to help students remember a lot of their academic information. Chants and simple songs help students remember rules and the order of events/directions.

In my line of work, I see students each day with a variety of levels of functioning. There are a variety of developmental disorders across many age groups. In some of the classrooms, the students have been working on learning how to do simple, very basic addition. It is very challenging for them.

If you think about it, math is an entire different language for some of these students. We speak in words and even if we can't read, we see words in print all over the place. When you are exposed to math, you learn about the symbols used in equations. For addition, we use the plus sign +, and for subtraction we use the minus sign -. Multiplication and division have their own symbols as well.

So, for a person with developmental disabilities, we have to at first expose them the words addition, add, and more. When we talk about addition and/or adding, we have to use and show the addition sign, +.
I wrote the lyrics to this song (recognize the tune?), to help introduce addition in the classrooms and provide a way for teachers to begin teaching the addition symbol and pairing add with the word more. It's been one of the favorites this year, so I hope you enjoy it too!

I have written several additional songs for math concepts this year. You can find my Subtraction song here, and my Multiplication song here.

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you have a great Memorial Day and hopefully a restful day off from work!
Stay tuned for more posts as the school year winds down!

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