We Can Count To Ten

Music Therapy rote counting videos & songs for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will rote count from 1 to 10.
Domains: Academics, Math

Rote counting is one of the first math skills that children learn. The word “counting” is somewhat of a misnomer. Rote counting is simply saying numbers in sequential order. It is not actually counting objects and it is not number identification. (Think of the ABC song. It’s not letter identification; it’s not spelling; it’s simply saying the alphabet in order.) These videos and songs teach rote counting from 1 to 10.

There are three songs: regular, model, and fill-in-the blank. All of them include an initial statement of purpose:

We can count to 10
We can count from 1 to 10
We can count now

This is followed by saying the numbers in order 1 through 10. Four times.
The whole cycle repeats again for a total of eight attempts to count from 1 to 10.

In the regular version, I sing all eight attempts.
In the model version, the even numbered attempts are left unsung for the student to sing right after my odd numbered sung models.
In the fill-in-the-blank version, all counting vocals are removed so that the student has eight attempts available to rote count independently.

Why are there videos?
Kids dig videos.

The video visuals are the same for all three versions. The video visually prompts when each word and number should be sung. Ultimately, you will want your student to be able to visually identify all of the numbers they are saying. For additional help with this skill check out Number Identification.

Download includes:

  • 3 videos [mp4 video files]
    • We Can Count To Ten
    • We Can Count To Ten (model)
    • We Can Count To Ten (fill-in-the-blank)
  • 3 songs [mp3 audio files]
    • We Can Count To Ten
    • We Can Count To Ten (model)
    • We Can Count To Ten (fill-in-the-blank)
  • Lyrics [PDF]
  • Lyrics & Chords [PDF]


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