• 1st Grade Africa and Japan Songs

     

    Songs from Japan:

     

    Springtime is Here

    (Recording)

     

    Springtime is here now, springtime is here now,

    Where has springtime come?

    Up in the mountain, down in the prarie, 

    And here in our home.

    Flowers are blooming, flowers are blooming,

    Where are they in bloom?

    Up in the mountain, down in the prarie, 

    And here in our home.

    Spring birds are singing, spring birds are singing,

    Where can you hear their song?

    Up in the mountain, down in the prarie, 

    And here in our home.

     

    Lantern Festival

    (Recording)

     

    In the sky the stars twinkle bright,

    Bamboo rustling in the night,

    Glittering sparks of silver and gold,

    High above us, we behold.

    Choose your fondest wishes to write,

    On the strips of paper bright,

    Then tie your wishes high on a tree,

    Stars will grant them, you will see.

     

    Kuma San

    Click here to see a video of the song and movements

     

    Kuma san, kuma san, turn yourself around.

    Kuma san, kuma san, hands upon the ground.

    Kuma san, kuma san, hope with one foot in the air.

    Kuma san, kuma san, sa yo un na ra.

     

    Atama Kata (tune of head, shoulders, knees, toes)

    (Recording)

     

    Atama kata hiza ashi, hiza ashi.

    Atama kata hiza ashi, hiza ashi.

    Me, to mimi, to kuchi, to hana.

    Atama kata hiza ashi, hiza ashi.

     

    Frog Song

    (Recording)

     

    Hear the frog he sings a song,

    It is such a happy song,

    Gwa, gwa, gwa, gwa

    Giro, giro, giro, giro, gwa, gwa, gwa.

     

    Ame, Ame (Raining, raining)

    (Recording)

     

    Raining, raining, how it's raining, rain a little more,

    Mother's bringing my umbrella, it can rain and pour.

    Pitter, patter, pitter, patter, drip, drop, drop!

     

    Songs from Africa:

     

    Funga Alafia

    (Click here for a video of the song and movements) Psst...my cat makes an appearance in the video too!

     

    Funga alafia, ashe, ashe (4x)

    Welcome to our town, ashe, ashe

    May you be happy, ashe, ashe

    Bum bum bum bum bum, ashe, ashe

    Bum bum bum bum bum, ashe, ashe

    Funga alafia, ashe, ashe (4x)

     

    Dipidu

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    Good day, good day to you!

    Good day, oh dipidu! (2x)

    Dip, dip, dipidu, dipidu, oh dipidu

    Dip, dip, dip, dip, dipidu, dipidu oh dipidu!

     

    Going Down the Numbers

    (Recording)

     

    We are going down the numbers one by one,

    We are going down the numbers one by one,

    We are going down the numbers, going down the numbers,

    Going down the numbers one by one: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!

    We are going down the numbers two by two,

    We are going down the numbers two by two,

    We are going down the numbers, going down the numbers,

    Going down the numbers two by two: 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2!

    We are going down the numbers three by three,

    We are going down the numbers three by three,

    We are going down the numbers, going down the numbers,

    Going down the numbers three by three: 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3!

    We are going down the numbers one by one,

    We are going down the numbers one by one,

    We are going down the numbers, going down the numbers,

    Going down the numbers one by one!

     

    Che Che Koolay 

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    Che che koolay (che che koolay)

    Che che kofee sa (che che kofeesa)

    Kofee salanga (kofee salanga)

    Kakashee langa (kakashee langa)

    Koom a day hay (koom a day hay)

    Koom a day hay hay!