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In late July, Weston Woods Studios released Chicka Chicka 123… and More Counting Fun (Scholastic Storybook Treasures), an engaging DVD for ages 2 to 6 ingeniously designed to sharpen reading skills and math concepts.

Over an hour of colorful animated stories teach number concepts (through the subject matter) and reading skills, thanks to the *Read-Along captioning* that highlights each word on the screen as it is spoken.

The title feature in Chicka Chicka 123… and More Counting Fun is of course “**Chicka Chicka 123**,” a musical number romp sung by Crystal Taliefero. 101 numbers run into trouble as they vy for the top spot in an apple tree!

**Emily’s First 100 Days of School** by Rosemary Wells is the second story on Chicka Chicka 123… and More Counting Fun.

Each day at school, Emily and her classmates are introduced to a new number “friend”. On the second day of school, for example, they learn the song “Tea for Two.” Will they learn a new number each day for 100 days and earn the party that Miss Cribbage has promised?

**How Much is A Million?** is a beautifully illustrated work that endeavors to visually conceptualize the mind-blowing concepts of “million”, “billion”, and even “trillion”.

The illustrations are so detailed and fun that you will want to watch **How Much is A Million?** to let it all sink in.

Did you realize that a goldfish bowl large enough to hold a million goldfish could hold a whale?

Or that one trillion children standing on each other’s shoulders would *almost* reach to the rings of Saturn?

Mathematical calculations ARE provided, with amusing explanations from Marvelosissimo the Mathmatical Magician!

Marvelosissimo the Mathmatical Magician returns in the last story on Chicka Chicka 123… and More Counting Fun in **If You Made A Million**.

This explains concepts of money that my 4-year-old has misunderstood. You know the age old confusion about how a nickle is larger than a dime so it seems like it would be worth more?

“One dollar is worth as much as FOUR QUARTERS or TEN DIMES or TWENTY NICKELS or ONE HUNDRED PENNIES,” Marvelosissimo explains, and the illustrations by Steven Kellogg show us exactly what that means.

We even visit a bank with Marvelosissimo and learn about interest and bank loans. I have a couple of friends who could use a refresher course on these concepts!

I feel like Chicka Chicka 123… and More Counting Fun can teach my children mathematical concepts that I personally have difficulty explaining.

And, while Chicka Chicka 123… and More Counting Fun does cause us to LEARN something, watching it is good fun!

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When I was in girl scouts (way back when) we had some of the children that didn’t want to help clean up. Some where along the way our leader started singing a song that meant it was time to clean up. We sang that song over and over until everything was complete. It worked great and everybody loved that happy tune. I still sing that song to this day when taking on huge cleaning tasks.

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I love the Chicka Chicka Boom series, the book of the year for my class is how much is a million. To teach concepts I try to use real life items that the children in easily indentify with. Thanks for the giveaway

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By letting them try to do it by themselves. Children do learn a lot more this way.

I taught my daughter her abc’s and phonics using multi-sensory approach! I have alphabet flashcards with pictures of things that start with that letter, I draw a large letter on cardstock and have her glue macaroni or other items on the line making the letter, we sing, read books, watch dvds that teach phonics, play doh with cookie cutter letters, etc.

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Flash cards work really well with my kids!

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To help my daughter learn her colors I put each color on a paper plate and spread the plates out on the floor. Then would play a game hopping to the right colors

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Singing a song helps my kids learn. It is fun and the tune helps them remember what they are learning.

i used a story about a bunny chasing something under a log in teaching them how to tie their shoes. Works pretty well! My third grader still whispers it to himself!

A song always makes things easier.

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Entertain, in some way, to educate!

I find that using things that they like to teach a concept helps, like dolls for a girl, or using little toy cars for a boy.

I believe the best way to teach a child a difficult concept is to give them concrete, hands-on experience with the concept as much as possible. For example, if they are learning about money…give them money to look at, play with, touch, and examine. Practice how much each coin is worth. It also helps to play on their interests.

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We found that using the calendar and newspaper days (silly I know but it’s his chore) they we taught WeeMan about weekdays and weekends…

Use experiments and SHOW the kids how the concept works. That always works better than just words.

We use money to teach our 5yr old how to do math

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We teach difficult concepts with books and pictures

I find that using mnemonics help in learning difficult concepts.

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we use little dittys for tying shoes etc

I write hands-on curriculum for a living, so teaching children math and science with building block manipulatives is an easy way to teach counting and spacial skills. A Lego or Duplo and you can teach nearly anything: Sorting, colors, counting, attributes, structures, engineering!! http://littleedventures.com/

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