My webmaster (The Amazing Alex May) has created a new video with one of my songs. Those of you who have taught your class this song know how the kids get a kick out of singing it. (I've even been known to surprise my adult friends by singing the alphabet backwards!) Those of you who have never done this song might think, “That’s stupid!”
The idea for singing the alphabet backwards originally came from a teacher who said she used it during transitions to focus the children’s attention. For example, while waiting in the hall she would challenge the students to say the ABC’s backwards. Or, she’d make a game of getting the room cleaned up while they said the alphabet backwards. It’s interesting that brain research suggests saying the alphabet backwards or counting backwards is a good brain exercise.
The bottom line is it’s free and I hope it’s fun for your students!
Alphabet Forwards and Backwards
A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N O P
Q R S T U V
W X Y and Z
Now, I’ve said my ABC’s.
Next time sing them backwards with me.
Z Y X W V U T
S R Q P O N M
L K J I H G
F E D C B A.
Now, I’ve said my ZYX’s,
Bet that’s not what you expected!