Okay, I asked this question yesterday under "Elementary" but then realized that I said letters instead of numbers Anyway, I am looking for any poems/songs that you may use that go with writing numbers correctly (i.e.-"Around the tree, around the tree makes the number three"). I have a set, but don't really like it. Thanks!

Number 1 is like a stick A straight line down that's very quick! For number 2 go right around Then make a line across the ground! Go right around What will it be? Go round again to make a 3! Down and over and down some more That's the way to make a 4! Go down and around Then you stop Finish the 5 with a line on top! Make a curve Then a loop There are no tricks to making a 6! Across the sky and down from heaven That's the way to make a 7! Make an "S" And then don't wait Go up again to make an 8! Make a loop And then a line That's the way to make a 9! Make a 1 and then an 0 10 are all your fingers you know!

For the number 5, my kids sing "Straight line over and a straight line down with a nice big curve halfway around." from Jack Hartmann's Count By 5's song. It's not really a rhyme, but my kids have such an easier time writing it now. I wish Jack Hartmann could write a song with the writing strokes for the numbers.

I think Dr. Jean has a song like that. Don't remember what cd but if you go to her website I imagine you can do a search and find it

Thanks! I found it on the Totally Math CD. It figures....she does all kinds of great songs! BTW, my kids get to see Jack Hartmann in Daytona Beach in a couple months. I can't wait!

good glad you found it. Your kids should enjoy Jack Hartman. He came to our fall conference in Tulsa and he is really good. He is the main reason I went.

Thanks so much for the ideas!! Is the Dr. Jean song the same "Numeral" song that is on Sing To Learn? Her '5' isn't the same as how are's is taught, but that Jack Hartman one is! A lot of my kids can write the numbers, they are just backward. I know that this is developmental, but any tricks for reversals while we're on the # subject?

Reversals....I guess it's just a matter of constant modeling and time. The numbers that my students reverse the most are: 3, 4, 6, and 7. I'm not sure why those....but thats just my observation.