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Math PK-2

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Overview

Rhyming, alliteration, and rhythm in songs can reinforce math skills by activating the mental processes that promote memory. By singing math songs, learners actively practice their language skills which can support the transfer of math concepts into Long-term Memory.

Apply It to Your Learning Environment

  • Short, concise rhymes can support Working Memory and Long-term Memory.
  • Singing number songs, particularly ones with rhyming, can help learners develop Counting skills and can support Working Memory.
  • Encourage learners to create their own rhymes and songs for math.
  • It is important to avoid using math songs for learners to memorize key processes or concepts, since the song itself can detract from an efficient retrieval process.
  • Math songs are particularly effective in online learning environments.
  • If choice is given in which math songs to sing or create, breakout rooms can be used to form songwriting groups.
  • Provide visuals for songs if learners have hearing challenges.
  • Provide pictures or visual representations of the steps to support English Language Learners.

Watch this kindergarten class sing songs to popular tunes to practice skip Counting. Through rhyme and rhythm, these songs facilitate student development of Language Skills and number knowledge.

Apply It to Product Development

  • Digital features can be added to support learners in writing and recording their own math songs.
  • A library of math songs made by the class could serve as a group portfolio.

Factors Supported by this Strategy

Numeracy and Mathematics
Social and Emotional Learning

About this Strategy Content

The research review for this strategy was conducted by the LVP team. Application, examples, and resources were sourced with support from our Practitioner Advisory Board.