Music Therapy: Numbers That Start With 1

In addition to music classes, I provide individual music therapy services at The Parish School.  Teachers refer students to music therapy for music support in academics or self-help skills.  Through the music of song or instrument play, students gain extra help in learning specific concepts.

For several weeks, I have been working with two students on their teen numbers.  One student was unable to name the numbers while the other was unable to write the number she was saying.  I found a song by Rachel Rambach, a music therapist, and adapted her lyrics to help our students.

Now, both students are able to correctly name and write the numbers that start with 1 with the music and without music.  Success!

Here’s my version:

When a number has two digits and the first is a “1”
It has a special name.
It’s harder to remember because the names
are not the same.

Put a 1 with a 1, it’s called eleven.
Put a 1 with a 2, it’s called twelve.

When a number has two digits and the first is a “1”
It has a special name.
If the second digit is a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9
Then the ending is the same.

Put a 1 with a 3, it’s called thirteen.
Put a 1 with a 4, it’s called fourteen.
Put a 1 with a 5, it’s called fifteen.
Put a 1 with a 6, it’s called sixteen.
Put a 1 with a 7, it’s called seventeen.
Put a 1 with a 8, it’s called eighteen.
Put a 1 with a 9, it’s called nineteen.

When a number has two digits and the first is a “1”
It has a special name.
Eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen,
Seventeen, eighteen, nineteen.

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About Hilary Yip

Music Therapy. Martial Arts. Rowing/Coxswain. Creative Movement.
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