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Listen and Learn Music: Four Little Coins

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Four Little Coins

Recognizing, counting, and using money are functional skills that every child is taught at some point in his or her education. I've been impressed so many times over the years by the creative methods that teachers use to teach the concept of money, and I can't tell you how many different songs I've heard about the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.

So I thought to myself, why not add one more to that heaping collection? The song I'm sharing today focuses on recognizing the four main coins, and also their monetary value. I have yet to use this song in a music therapy session as it is fairly new, but hopefully it is effective. "Four Little Coins" goes like this:


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There are four little coins in my pocket,
Each one has its own name.
These four little coins are all money,
but their values are not the same.

A penny is copper in color.
Small, thin and round, you see.
Abraham Lincoln is the face on this coin,
One cent for you and me.

CHORUS

A nickel is silver in color.
Small, fat and round, you see.
Thomas Jefferson is the face on this coin,
Five cents for you and me.

CHORUS

A dime is silver in color.
Small, thin and round, you see.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is the face on this coin,
Ten cents for you and me.

CHORUS

A quarter is silver in color.
Big, thin and round, you see.
George Washington is the face on this coin,
Twenty-five cents for you and me.

There are four little coins in my pocket,
Now you know each one's name.
What it looks like and how much each one is worth,
Because their values are not the same.

I've always found that it works best to use actual coins when teaching money concepts, rather than pictures or fake money. One thing I've done in the past is put velcro on the back of each coin, and asked students to match the coin with its correct value, name, or description. I made a book for this purpose during my internship, and still pull it out from time to time. What kinds of activities or songs do you use to teach children about money?

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" เงิน ทอง นั้น มีค่าเสมอ ถ้า หัวใจ คุณต้องการ แต่บางที อาจจะ เทียบค่า
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