Before researching Savez-Vous Planter Les Choux, I could conjure up an image of someone planting their hearts into love because in France, it is the done thing to call a sweetheart “mon petit chou”. Alas, the “chou” in this love statement is probably a pastry “chou”. More understandable, but not as much fun eh?
Cabbages became all the rage in Europe during the 1500s as an easy to grow and staple food source. Chances are this folk song was a part of the same time. Add the actions to planting cabbage with your elbows and nose as you sing. If wanted its a simple twist to make the song cumulative.
Or visit John in a backyard garden for an easy to learn Call-Response song. John the Rabbit
Oats and Beans and Barley goes through the stages of sowing and reaping a crop. Check out the video for illustrations of grains and the foods they become as the song is sung.
June is time to enjoy the year’s repertoire. Challenge students to remember the best and worst of the songs they learned. How about a contest to promote the “best of year” song with a vote held during the last music class? Hearing student comments about “the worst” or politically correct phraseology “the not liked as much” songs gives a review for teachers who will be preparing next year’s syllabus.
from May: News flash!!! (actually its not quite that new but) —Take Me Out To The Ball Game is now in the public domain!!! Sing it, print it, enjoy it –and include the rest of the song because its a great story. Take Me Out To The Ball Game