1. Rattlin' Bog - IrelandMy students learn this in March for St. Patrick's Day and they love it. They choose or create rhythms to play on drums, bodhran style, during the chorus. Of course we add motions to each of the cumulative verses!
2. Yesh Lanu Tayish - Israel
Another favorite shared by a fellow music teacher who has a heart for songs from other cultures! Thanks, Marilyn!
3. Cuddly Koala - Australia
This is from my book, "Hands to Hands", available here. This one was sent by a lovely Australian friend, Susan!
4. May There Always Be Sunshine - Russia
I am always amazed at how deeply this touches children, and this version is my favorite English version:
Others and Resources
There are several others we sing (so much music, so little time) including,
"Bow, Wow, Wow" (England), "Mexican Counting Song", "San Serafin del Monte"
"When I First Came to This Land"., music available from Beth's Notes here.
"This Land is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie, and "America".
Beth's Notes site also has a HUGE compilation of songs from around the world including various national anthems. This is a fantastic resource!