Wednesday, March 5, 2014


I received two emails recently asking for suggestions about helping children learn their addresses. You won’t believe this, but 15 years ago our kindergarten assessment had a section called “Self Help Skills” that included “knows address, birthday, phone number…ties shoes!!!” Ah, those were the days!

It’s still important for children to know this information. Here are some tunes you can share with parents to help their child learn their phone number, address, zip code, and birthday.

Where do you live?
Addresses can be sung to “Do You Know the Muffin Man?”
                  874 Pine Oak Circle, Pine Oak Circle, Pine Oak Circle.
                  874 Pine Oak Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio

What’s your zip code?
Learn zip codes by singing them to the tune of “BINGO.”
                  There is a zip code where I live and I know my zip code.
                  54892, 54892, 54892 is my zip code.

When is your birthday?
Birthdays can be sung to “Happy Birthday to You.”
                  September 24th, September 24th,
                  That is my birthday, September 24th.

What’s your phone number?
Phone numbers can be learned by singing them to “Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore.”

Crafty Idea
Want a bulletin board idea to help children learn their addresses? Let children decorate a lunch bag to look like their house. Give them newspaper to stuff inside, fold down the top, and staple on a roof. Let them write (or you can write for the younger children) their name and street address at the top.
*You can staple these to a bulletin board or use in the block center to build your community.