Multicultural Music & Movement for Kids: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

March 25, 2014

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Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Animals Speak by Lila Prap
  • Multicultural Music and Movement Song Recommendations
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go Geography Activities
  • That’s What Friends are For

Welcome Back Joyce!

This week, my sister Joyce and I are once again teaming up on a post that ties into my Geography for Kids Series. This past weekend, Joyce was a speaker at an Early Child Care Providers Conference that focused on a multicultural theme. Joyce’s session got everyone moving and grooving to Multicultural Music & Movement. If you’re visiting waddlee-ah-chaa from the conference, Welcome! From here I’m going to turn it over to Joyce . . .

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Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Animals Speak by Lila Prap

Why we love this book:

Have you ever wondered what animals say in other languages?

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In this book with big, bright, bold illustrations, we learn that a donkey brays: HEE-HAW in English, but in Slovenian he says: IAA.

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Each page highlights a number of languages and includes a flag from each featured country. For such a simple little book it is packed with learning opportunities.

So what are you waiting for? Travel the world and learn how to speak to the animals in many different languages.

 Multicultural Music & Movement

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Sharon Scallion kicked off the 2014 Comal County Child Care Providers Conference with a great multicultural activity. Sharon is over 6 ft tall and I am only 5 ft 2 inches tall. So I had to stand on a chair to whisper deep thoughts into Sharon’s ear. And apparently my deep thought are quite amusing.

Multicultural Music & Movement for Kids

The great thing about young children is they are always ready to sing and dance. What? The song is in a different language? No problem, they’ll learn that too! When it comes to geography and learning about our friends all around the world, music and movement is an active way to engage children in different cultures. I like to share music from the cultures within the classroom and to also introduce children to new cultural traditions and experiences.

A Few of My Favorite Music & Movement Recommendations:

  • CD – Putumayo Kids: World Sing Along (Amazon)
    • Song – That’s What Friends are For
  • CD – Putumayo Kids: African Playground (Amazon)
    • Song – Hello, Hello
  • CD – Dr. Jean: Ole! Ole! Ole! (Amazon)
    • Song – Hello Friend / Hola Amigo
  • CD – Action! Fun! Dance! (Amazon)
    • Songs - Zumba Dance & The More We Get Together
  • CD – Super Polka Party by Jim Sturr (Amazon)
    • Song – Chicken Dance
  • MP3 – Asleep at the Wheel (Amazon)
    • Song – Cotton Eyed Joe
  • CD – Dr. Jean: Is Everybody Happy (Amazon)
    • Song – Ride that Pony
  • CD & Song Box – Music From Around the World (Lakeshore)
    • Song – Samba Parade

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Let’s Travel the World!

Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is an absolutely perfect set-up for a variety of geography activities. But let’s face it, it’s a long book for young ones with short attention spans. No worries, just read a few pages each day. These longer type picture books make an excellent early introduction to chapter books and teach young children how to follow a story line over several days.


  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
  • map of your city
  • map of the United States
  • map of the world or a globe
  • push pens

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Ms. Trisha ask her students, “Where would you like to travel if you could go anywhere in the world?” She gets them started by sharing where in the world she would like to visit.

 Ms. Trisha engaged the teachers at the conference in this travel experience. Who doesn’t like to dream about traveling some place new and exciting? Some place like London?

Next, Miss Trisha shows the children where on the globe London is located. Then she begins posing questions to encourage critical thinking and allows the children time to brainstorm and share ideas.

  • How would you get there?
  • We have to cross a very large ocean, called the Atlantic Ocean. Can we walk?
    • No.
  • Could we swim?
    • No, it’s too far.
  • Could we fly on a plane?
    • Yes.
  • Could we travel on a boat or ship?
    • Yes.


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Math Lesson Charting and Graphing

Miss Trisha ask her students:

  • Would you like to take a ship or an airplane to London?
  • I’m going to use tally marks to record your choices.
  • Let’s see which gets more.

Real Life Application

Now, if you do this “Let’s Tavel the World” activity with the young children in your class you might get some real exotic answers like . . . my grandma’s house, the park, the beach, Target (I get toys there!) . . . That’s okay. In the world of a 4-year-old, Target may seem really, really far away.

This can be an on going project like calendar time. Once a week, ask a different child where they would like to travel, mark it on the class world map and repeat the above steps. You can add different activities like bar graphs. As the class travels around the world encourage them to bring pictures and you can post them too.

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My personal favorite song from this year’s conference is That’s What Friends are For from Putumayo Kids: World Sing Along. I hope we adults can raise the next generation to be compassionate, good listeners, respectful, considerate, loving, accepting and others oriented. Let’s nurture a generation of children who say, “Let’s be friends, not enemies.” So as adults they will say “Let’s focus on peace, not war.”

 Life with Joyce

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We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Animals Speak by Lila Prap

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 6, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, April 7, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H March 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Traveling long distances ( like long flights) doesn’t really appeal to me. I love looking at pictures and reading about places though.
Our new homeschool curriculum that I ordered for us for next year is all about geography so I’m loving this series!

Heather March 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland!

Jeannine March 25, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Tara, I am returning again this summer to Cambodia to continue my volunteer work training teachers in Svay Pak. The thing I dread most about the trip is the 30 hours of travel, one way! It’s hard for someone like me to sit still for soooooo long.

maryanne @ mama smiles March 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I want to visit my sister who lives in China!

Jeannine March 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm

China, what an experience! Hope you get to visit!

cathy March 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm

I would travel to the top of Kilimanjaro

Jeannine March 28, 2014 at 7:59 am

The top of Kilimanjaro! Now that is an adventure!

Anna@The Measured Mom March 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

I’d like to hit the last 7 states that I haven’t been to!

Jeannine April 1, 2014 at 7:39 am

Only 7 states left! I’ve never counted how many states I’ve visited. But I know I have more than 7 left on my list.

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