How Do You Count To Ten?



A new book has arrived at MOHI !  It’s called How Do You Count To Ten?  It is a beautifully illustrated book focused on life around Mathare.  It is written from a child’s point of view as the child asks people throughout the neighbourhood how they count to ten.

As you read through the book with your students, you might have them notice the fun in the illustrations.  For example:

  • Do you notice there are 1-2-3 (three) learners smiling, just as the text says?
  • There are ten steps going up, and the same number of steps going down.
  • Do you notice there are 1-2-3 (three) learners smiling, just as the text says?
  • The grocer only has nine bananas.  Hmm, where is the tenth?
  • I wonder why the mother didn’t count the red sock.

Though this book is fun to read, it offers many opportunities to connect reading with other areas of learning.  For example:

  • Writing:  students may enjoy writing their own verses (pages) to “How Do You Count To Ten?”   They may work in groups of two to three, or even compose verses as a class.  For example:
    • Peter, Peter, how do you count to ten?       I count my fingers.
    • In the classroom – counting shoes, feet, eyes, heads, books, or pencils
    • At play – counting jumping or skipping or clapping
    • In the neighbourhood – counting chickens, goats, buildings, birds
  • Art:  Of course if students write their own verse (page),  the fun must continue with illustrating their own verse!
  • Math:  depending upon the level of math, students can count to ten by 2s (2,4,6,8,10);  count 5 goats and multiply by 2 (to find how many goat eyes there are); count 40 goat legs and divide by 4 (to find how many goats there are).  Older students may wish to create their own verses with a slightly different title (i.e.: “How Do You Count to 36?” – exploring factors of 36. This is great fun for warming up for a unit on fractions or division.)    Teachers, use your imagination, and let this help stimulate fun in the learning!
  • Science:  A unit studying farm or wild animals is a great fit for counting animal legs, tails, noses, or ears.  A unit of Human Body might include counting body parts (bones, organs, etc).  Think of how fun a unit studying measurement might be!
  • Bible:  counting plagues, commandments, healed lepers etc,
  • The counting number doesn’t NEED TO BE TEN.  Use your creativity!  Jesus, Jesus, how do you count to twelve?    I count disciples, Peter, Andrew, James and John ….


Teachers, use your imagination.  It begins with this new book, but can extend far into learning in the classroom.

Email me (LeeAnne)  at       I would love to hear about your ideas.  What did your students like and, perhaps, share some of their creations.

Also, if you are stuck and can’t think on how to use this in your classroom, I would be happy to send some ideas.  Please know that we ALL can get stuck at times, not being able to create ideas for the classroom.  It’s not that I am so creative … it’s that I do not teach everyday as you do.  I have a bit more time to search around and think about how something might work in your classroom.  Please contact me.  I’d love to help.

Also, send an email and let me know what you think about the new book!

For the future:   Three new books are in the process of publication.  Oh No! Viola  is another Tweet book;  The Weather Kids is a science book about weather and clothing vocabulary;  Who Is This Jesus?  is a class 3-5 book discovering a bit about Jesus.   Watch for these books perhaps by the end of 2017.





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