ABC and 123! Having fun with Genki Kids in Toyosu!

Over the holiday, Camp Roadless was fortunate enough to present at a local school in Toyosu. We taught two classes for kids using some classic songs from the past. It’s very easy to add a dance twist to an old favorite! I learned that Japanese kids learned a different version to the ABC song. They changed the “L,M,N,O,P,” part. So we choreographed some dance moves and the kids were able to jump around and groove in a new way!

I always loved singing, Bingo! It’s hands down, one of my favorite songs. It’s simple and easy to do. In order to teach the lesson, we sang the alphabet first and got the kids singing and relaxing. Then I wrote the letters B-I-N-G-O on the board. I demonstrated how we would take away one letter at a time. I am a big believer in exaggerating. If children aren’t able to understand you, your body language tells them everything. After I showed the kids how to sing the song, then we practiced it twice. Then we added the music to it. I had the kids sit down while we sang the song the first time. I wanted them to get the rhythm of the words and the lyrics. The last time we sang it, we added some mini-dance moves. Nothing major because the song is a bit wordy! You can check out some the beginning of the lesson here:

One thing that is important to constantly reinforce for children is counting. Many native English speakers have had moments when they found it difficult to differentiate between “fifty” and “fifteen”, just imagine if you don’t speak English. In order to reinforce counting and listening skills, we played a little numbers game. I wrote an array on the board and put in a group of numbers from 1-100. I made sure I included combos like 50/15 or 14/40. Then we read the numbers and repeated the pronunciation. Then we turned it into a game. The kids had to run to the board and the first group to circle the number would get a point. I have to be honest, it didn’t work out like I thought. The kids understood the concept of choosing the correct number and circling it, but they both circled the number. They weren’t supposed to circle it if it was already circled. But actually, it’s not that big of a deal. I think the kids had a chance to identify numbers that they may not have recognized. I highly suggest putting this type of counting game in your classroom schedule. After the children become more familiar with the numbers, then I think you can add a level of difficulty and enforce the rules.


About Michaela Chatman

Michaela Chatman is the founder of Camp Roadless Summer Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp based in the Tokyo area. She has taught in Chicago, New York City, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. She has worked with children from ages 5-16. She is a dedicated fan and supporter of the arts. She performs locally in Tokyo with Kaguratei, a blues band. She is an active member in TELL:Exceptional Parents Group, Japan Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (JASCD), Tokyo Investment Group, and Pink Cow Connections Networking Group. For fun she organizes The Tokyo Lovers Pizza Meetup Group.
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