Since last week, I have been teaching a song called, “Like Me and You,” by Raffi.
The song teaches that children are the same all over the world, even with some of the differences depending on culture and traditions, skin color, etc. We also then spoke about respecting each other and appreciating our few differences
It is a song with two long verses and then of course the chorus. Since I see my students once or twice a week depending on age and if the class is bilingual, I teach longer songs piece by piece. I also teach longer songs in this fashion because of the short attention spans. I will teach a piece of a longer song, then move to something they know so I do not loose them and keep them happy.
I am an advocate for integration, so with this song I brought in a world map. I showed the kids where all the places we were singing about are. I was so thrilled how receptive they were to this! What was quite interesting, a few of the children noticed how tiny Israel is and was outspoken about it.
I keep on looking for more and more ways to integrate different subjects. It motivates me, therefore, motivates the children to keep learning. I have taken Science tables and made them into tables for different instrument families.
Anyway, what a week of wonderful teaching this has been, and what a wonderful week for learning!