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Number Jumble 0-10

Number Jumble 0-10

Spring 2016 DVD
Ages: 9 months - 5 yrs.
Producer: HeidiSongs
DVD Price: $15.00

Number Jumble 0 - 10 is a collection of songs with animation and live-action elements designed to teach number recognition and counting skills. According to jacket copy, songs and lyrics were written by veteran teacher Heidi Butkus, who appears here in a song called "Sing & Spell- Zero to 10 Number Word Song." Butkus does simple pantomimes and dance moves to match lyrics being sung by children on accompanying audio tracks. Additional song-chapters are titled "Counting Creatures Number Writing Songs," "Counting Creatures 0 - 10 Song," The "1 - 100 Song," and "Jumpin' Numbers 0 - 10 Songs." A cast of energetic youthful instructors dance and pantomime to those songs while simple animations reinforce numerals, number words, and counting strategies.

The song lessons on Number Jumble 0 - 10 are all very similar, mid-tempo and bouncy, and cheerfully sung. Animation is bright but basic, and the people who appear in the musical numbers, including Butkus, are likable without being either overly polished or saccharine. Although it's not the most sophisticated production, a parent or teacher might find that the repetition of concepts and relatively short song lengths make the DVD a nice addition to their educational resources.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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