by Tamsyn

March 12, 2011

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Here is a manipulative that you can cut out and use with your students or children.  I like to use rhythm solfege as outlined in the video to demonstrate counting, but you can also simply count to 4.  This is just one hands-on approach that you can add to your toolbox.  I colored the squares simply because children like color.  I included a black and white version too, which will be cheaper to print.  You can always color them with crayons if you want.  I recommend printing them on card-stock, and laminating, if desired.

It may be tricky on the print-out to see where the cutting lines are, hopefully this illustration can help.  Enjoy!

About the author 


My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

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  1. HI Tamsyn,<br><br>Great idea! Thanks for sharing.<br>Do you think This may be better than teaching them &#39;semibreve has 4 counts. minim has 2 counts, etc and having them clap the counts?<br><br>My son started off in a music group with this and pretty much memorised them but doesnt always clap them right always. <br><br>But it seems that doing it this way sort of builds the rhythm into them. <

  2. This is a fascinating way to approach this. I&#39;ve not seen this as a vertical thing, only as a horizontal approach. How interesting! Have you found success with this?<br /><br />I&#39;d like to try this with my students. Would you be alright if I borrowed your idea, modified, and printed my own. I like the idea of separate colors but I don&#39;t like the idea of making lots of these with

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