Bibliographic Info: Roberts, Justin Count Them As They Go from Lullaby Carpet Square Records (2012) Format: CD, Album, Digital Download, Children’s Music Video Platform: YouTube Channel: Carpet Square Reords Interest Level: babies, toddlers and preK Genre: Lullaby Themes: Bedtime, Counting
Count Them As They Go was given StorytimeWOW’s Marquee Seal on March 22nd, 2015 and has been selected for the MusicVideoWOW collection. Read the Storytime section below for details on why it was selected.
Summary: In Count Them As They Go, the world slowly turns to offer viewers a twilight horizon populated with sheep, lake ripples, trees and birds to count “as they go.”
Review: Count Them As They Go is a lovely educational lullaby about counting that has a calming, yet mesmerizing effect. The video invites you to count things “as they go” with varying levels of difficulty. Once children catch on, the video become a gentle counting game of sheep, ripples, trees, leaves and birds. With spectacular 3D animation, this video truly is a wonder to behold.
Storytime: All you need to do to set up this musical lullaby video for storytime is instruct kids to “count them as they go” (in other words, count the things as they disappear from the screen). There are very sequences when things start to disappear, so you may want to say “get ready to count the sheep as the go” or “now get ready to count the ripples.” While this lullaby about counting sheep suggests a bedtime story, the video will also work very well for group storytimes.
Bibliotherapeutic Usefulness: The video will also be effective for cooling down upset children and/or rambunctious groups.
Count Them As They Go meets the StorytimeWOW Standards for Music Videos. This video:
- is a loveable lullaby with universal appeal
- has that “WOW” factor (it’s enjoyable for groups of children)
- is well-suited for repetition (once you teach it to groups, this video may be regularly utilized as a storytime element with a brief review)
- provides viewers with an educational takeaway (it’s an educational counting game)
- is free of squirmy moments (this sing-along is highly engaging)
- hits the storytime target audience’s interest level (young children)
- includes participation or lends itself to group interaction (the video’s concept is based on participation)
Early Childhood Education and Development: The following lists the stand-out benefits of Count Them As They Go across various early childhood education (ECE) and child development checklists.
1. This video provides young children with the opportunity to practice the following Pre-Reading Skills (see full list of pre-reading skills here):
- Knowing the names of things (vocabulary)
- Being able to hear and play with smaller sounds in words (phonological awareness)
- Being able to describe things and events (narrative skills)
2. This video provides opportunities for caregivers to utilize the early literacy-building Parent Practices (see full list of parent practices here):
- Singing helps children learn new words and vocalize.
- Playing is one of the primary ways young children learn about how the world works and learn language.
3. This video supports the following Kindergarten Readiness Skills (see full list here):
- Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
- Start to follow rules
- Begin to control oneself
- Look at pictures and then tell stories
- Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects
- Count to ten
4. This video follows Common Core Guidelines (see full list here):
- Focus on cultivating children’s core knowledge of numbers through number-themed books, songs, and elements that provide young children
- Integrate more new media materials and technology. Cultivate media literacy by modeling media literacy behaviors.
- Create a more participatory culture in group programs and classroom settings. Use materials that invite participation and keep learners engaged.
Why I Chose to Review this Video: When Count Them As They Go crossed my path, I immediately posted it to facebook to save it for this website. It’s an impressive work that deserves to find a wider audience.
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Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!