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Teachers welcome students back to school in song

Each fall during opening week, I teach our staff a simple song in harmony to sing as we welcome our K-8 students back on the first day of school.  I never have very much time to teach the song- so it has to be something that everyone can pick up pretty quickly and learn by rote.  I am looking for some new ideas.  Suggestions?
on July 23, 2014 7:04am
Kim, 
I think that is a great and positive way to begin the year.
I just dashed off a ditty for you.  I will message you my email.
Lucy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
on July 25, 2014 4:13am
Dear Kim,
You can also use any African song eg. Siyahamba (We are marching in the Light of God) with Zulu and English words. There are many more possibilitie: Amabayasikile ( in 1940 we rode our bicycles in Marabastad), Ke Sekorokoro (a song about an old car), Bonk' abaphandle (from 'Choral Music from South Africa' - Rene Human, volume 1 (Africa Music and choral Trust)).
And then a lovely arrangement for two equal voices: 'I feel the Spirit', a combination of 'Do, Lord' and 'Ev'ry time I feel the Spirit'(traditional spirituals arranged by Don Besig (ASCAP)) - the two songs are sung at the same time - very easy to learn, sing and perform.
Mariki Lessing
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