2-0-1-3, 2013 Is Here!

To celebrate and reinforce the year with my students, I wrote a song about 2013.  Within the song, I sing “two-zero-one-three” in addition to “2013” to break down the year into smaller chunks to help with processing.  Even after singing the song several times, I got same blank faces when I asked what year it was.  So, after I sing, “2-0-1-3,” I pause and have students fill in the year.  When it is part of the song, the students immediately state “2013.”  It helped them understand that it is 2013 and 2012 was last year, in the past.

Most of the students favorite part was counting down from 10.  To provide visual aid, I wrote the numbers on a white board and pointed to each with my guitar while we counted down.  They were so excited with each number and even students who have trouble with counting were following along, doing their best.  Everyone’s favorite part was saying “Happy New Year!” at the end of the countdown.  Counting forward becomes rote while counting backward requires more attention because it is less familiar.  In addition, it adds in subtraction and understanding the ordinal relationship of numbers.

My song also reinforces the concept of 2012 in the past and that 2013 is here by having the students reflect on their favorite time of 2012.  Click here to read some of their answers in a previous post.

2013 is here.
2013 is the year.

Let’s countdown from 10
And say Happy New Year
Ready: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!
Happy New Year!

Let’s think about 2012 (pause)
And your favorite time
(Name), please tell us
what was your favorite time?

P. Monkeys


About Hilary Yip

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