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Saturday, January 11, 2020


Children love challenges and the sense of accomplishment when they achieve a goal.  I thought this idea from a teacher was brilliant. 

Note!  You could easily adapt this for younger children by making it a "Tens Club" and giving them a membership card when they can count to ten.

Hundreds Club (Bobbi Cure)
When a child counts to 100 they get their name under “Count to 100 by 1’s.”
When a child counts to 100 by 10’s they get their name under “Count to 100 by 10’s.”
When they count to 100 by 5’s they get their name under “Count to 100 by 5’s.”
When they can write to 100 by 1’s they get their name under “Write to 100 by 1’s.”
When all four are accomplished, they get a crown that says “100’s Club."

Music is such a natural way to help children learn.  You'll be amazed at how quickly they learn to count to 100 with this song.  It's really fun to have them stand in a conga line with hands on each other's shoulders.  Heel up to the right and then heel up to the left as you count.

Zero the Hero Number Stomp
I am Zero the Hero and I’m here to say,
I love to do numbers every 10thday.
When we make sets of ten we’ll stomp the ground.
And when we reach 100, we’ll sit back down!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (Stomp!).
Let’s count another ten.
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 (Stomp!)
Two tens, let’s go some more…
Three tens, you’re catching on...
Four tens, you’re doing fine...
Five tens, you’re half way there...
Six tens, you’re on a roll...
Seven tens, what a cool game...
Eight tens, you’re doing great...
Nine tens, we’re near the end...
Ten tens is 100, now it’s time to sit down!

And here's a new video that my webmaster made. I love that he made "Zero the Hero" a girl.

This might be a good time to discuss what a hero is.  Do they know any heroes?  Can both boys and girls be heroes?  

Here's a book you can download on my website to go with the song: