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Sing a Song about Different Families

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Have you ever heard the song “Over In The Meadow”?

No one knows exactly where the song came from but the best guess is that this imaginative tale of different animal families came from the British Isles and has been teaching English-speaking children to count for at least several hundred years!

It’s a quiet, adorable song that counts from one to ten – originally with mommies and their babies. But while singing it at a local school, I found I needed to adapt it a bit.  One of the children was a friend of my son and was being raised only by her father.  She was saddened when people talked about their mommies and I wanted her to see a dad as a parent reflected in this song.  Similarly, other families had grandparents as caregivers and I added them to the other verses.  Since folksongs are adaptable, I wanted the song to reflect more of the different configurations of families so that no child would feel left out or that their home situation was any less of a family.

Here’s a list of the families in my version of the song, plus the last verse that I’ve added.  You can watch the Youtube video of the entire song below.

1       Froggy Mom and her one little frog

2       Mother Cat at her two little kittens

3       Father Bird and his three little birds

4       Mother Worm and her 4 baby worms

5       Queen Bee and her five little bees

6       Grandfather dog and his 6 grandpuppies

7       Grandmother owl and her 7 owlets

8       Mother duck and her 8 ducklings

9       Father Mouse and his 9 baby mice

10     Mother Spider and her 10 baby spiders

Last verse:

No matter where you go, everyone you see

We all fit together in one big family

Although we may look different, our love is still the key

It’s the way we live together in peace and harmony

A Song For Teaching

As a mom, I loved songs that taught empathy and encouraged my children to understand the value and consciousness in all living creatures. For me, songs like this helped teach that all creatures have a story and that their lives are connected with our own and that they matter!

If you check out this song in my TeachersPayTeachers store you’ll find a wonderful activity list for using the song in homeschool or an early education classroom.

Links and Resources

Song on Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/grandchildrens-delight-best/id292915765

Song on Amazon mp3 Over in the Meadow: 
https://amzn.com/B0024XB2FS

As a song for teaching on TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Over-In-The-Meadow-An-Inclusive-Counting-Song-2823967

Free Lyric Sheet on TPT:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Over-In-The-Meadow-An-Inclusive-Counting-Song-Free-Lyric-Sheet-2824218

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Best-Loved Songs For Kids: Báte, Báte Chocolate – Time To Mix The Chocolate!

There’s wonderful little song in Spanish called “Bate, Bate Chocolate”, about mixing (beating/whipping) a delicious kind of hot chocolate drink often served in Mexico for breakfast.  Originally heard mainly as a type of nursery rhyme among Spanish-speaking people, the song is now widely popular since it’s use in the PBS show, Dora The Explorer.

The song is really simple.  It counts to three (uno, dos tres), then it spells out the word “chocolate”(CHO CO LA TE).  The word “báte” is from the Spanish verb “batear” meaning to whip or beat .  Why is the chocolate being beaten or whipped?  It’s how the drink is prepared.  After you’ve put all the ingredients together and heated them up, a carved stick called a molinillo is rubbed between your hands to create the frothiness and delicious texture that makes this such a special treat!

abuelita  chocolateWant to try your own Mexican-style hot chocolate while singing the song?  Below are two posts that make it easy to try!  Although it does help to have a special molinillo tool to make it frothy, you really can’t find a wrong way to enjoy hot chocolate on a cold day!

Lyrics to my version of “Bate, Bate Chocolate” are below.  And if you want to count to 10 in Spanish, instead of just up to three as in the song; “Báte, Báte”, try the simple rhyme below.  Diez Amigos/Ten Good Friends is a fun and easy bilingual counting song for teaching children numbers in both English and Spanish.

Báte, Báte Chocolate – Online Lyrics:

http://www.dariamusic.com/bate.php

Báte, Báte Chocolate- Printable Lyric Sheet

http://www.dariamusic.com/docs/songs/Bate%20Bate%20Songbook.pdf

Báte, Báte Chocolate – On Itunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/do-the-limbo/id208109471?i=208109484&ign-mpt=uo%3D6

Báte, Báte Chocolate – On Amazon mp3

http://amzn.com/B0013XM8LC

bate iconLearn How To Make Your Own Mexican Hot Chocolate!

Directions For Mexican Hot Chocolate From Pati’s Mexican Table:

(Photo above courtesy of Pati’s Mexican Table – An Excellent site for exploring Mexican Cooking!)

http://www.patismexicantable.com/2010/02/ancient_ways_for_comfort_in_cold_days_mexican_hot_chocolate/

Directions For Mexican Hot Chocolate From Multicultural Cooking Network

http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/authentic-mexican-hot-chocolate-recipe/

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Diez Amigos/Ten Good Friends

Uno, dos, tres amigos,
Cuatro, cinco, seis amigos,
Siete, ocho, nueve amigos,
Diez amigos son….

One (and) two (and) three good friends

Four (and) Five (and) six good friends

Seven (and) eight (and) nine good friends

Ten good friends are we!