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Remnants of Kindergarten: A Number-Writing Rhyme


Today I took the last remnants of kindergarten from my kitchen bulletin board.  Sigh.  Here it is, a little rhyme that my five children used for more than 10 years.


A straight line down and then you’re done—

This is how to make a one.


Around and back on a railroad track—

Two, two, two!


Around a tree and around a tree—

This is how to make a three.


Down and over, then down some more—

This is how to make a four.


Down the trunk and around the tree—

Add a branch. It’s five, you see!


Curving down into a loop—

Number six can roll a hoop.


Across the sky and down from heaven—

This is how to make a seven.


Make and S but do not wait—

Climb back up to make an eight.


A loop on top and then a line—

This is how to make a nine.


Make a one and then an 0—

It’s easy to make a ten, you know.

from the Rod and Staff Pre-School Series


It’s hard to believe that those days are really gone, but, believe it or not, the ditty sings on and on in my mind.  I like to think it’s keeping me young, but some days I fear it may be a sign of approaching senility.


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  1. proverbsmama says:

    Very cute poem! I'd not heard that one before.

  2. Joy @ Five J's says:

    I know the feeling. My last baby knows how to read, and it's so hard to think that I don't need the cute phonics games and easy readers any more 🙂

  3. Eva says:

    Thank you for posting! I used these rhymes with my kids who are now 14-23, and couldn’t remember how the “two” rhyme went now that I’m teaching my grandson! They are a GREAT, fun teaching tool!

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