When I first started working as a music therapist, I noticed that a frequent goal among my young students was counting to 10. So I wrote a little tune and put together a book of colorful pages — each containing 10 eye-catching items to count and the corresponding numbers — and have been using it ever since. My original book has gotten a little beaten up over the years, but my students don’t mind :)
I wanted to share this resource with you, so I went back to the drawing board and completely redesigned the visual aide book. Most of it is based on the seasons and themes of each month in order (leaves in September, pumpkins in October, turkeys in November, etc.) with some fun items thrown in at the end. The fonts are pretty, the pictures are fun, and all of the lyrics (they only change slightly, depending on the items being counted) are right there next to each picture.
The Counting Time Collection is made up of visual aides + lyrics + chords + mp3s and is designed to help young children practice counting to 10. I also use it to practice counting backwards from 10 to 1. The cover (pictured above) features a sneak preview of some of the pages included in the book, and you can listen to the tunes in their entirety.
I included a sample vocal track using one of the counting items (pencils), a vocal track with the item left out for you and your students to fill in depending on what you are counting, and a purely instrumental track.