Sometimes I struggle with how to make counting and sequencing numbers fun for my children. I mean, seriously, how many times can we count to 12 in interesting ways? Well, you all know that I love using music. So, how about teaching your kids the twelve days of Christmas using this sequencing paper?
Twelve Days Sequencing
I made this paper to help my little cuties to be able to count each set with one-to-one correspondence. Of course, I also play a version by Harry Belafonte. There's also one by Burl Ives, and many others. This song really brings back sweet childhood memories for me. There's also a very cool version of the Twelve Days of School by Dr. Jean which uses the melody from the Twelve Days of Christmas. So, why not do a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the different things in the songs? Think of all of the Common Core standards you're covering:
K.CC.2: Count forward beginning from a given number within the known
sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
K.CC.4: Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect
counting to cardinality.
K.RL.5: Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
K.RL.9: Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
These cards can be laminated and placed in a center on a cookie sheet for an independent sequencing activity:
Twelve Days Cards
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. I also made larger pages, for books. If you think you'd be interested in Twelve Days books, mention that in your comment. If there's enough interest, I'll post those files too.