I’ll tell you what…I’m getting quite a bit of mileage out of the “Banana Boat Song” around here lately. I recorded a fruit shakers version for one of my music therapy students, and today I have a custom song based on it.
This particular song is all about tally marks — what they are, and how to count with them. My colleague Rene gave me a list of key terms to include in the song, several of which are tally mark, vertical, diagonal, equals, sum, groups, and add. I managed to fit each of the terms into the lyrics, as well as some practice counting by fives.