Saturday, November 20, 2010

Singing for the Little Ones

Event: 17 November 2010; Updated: 20 November 2010

Eugene visits Bilingual Montessori School in White Rock
In my role as school bus driver just before Halloween, I drove two groups of Montessori kiddies to visit a pumpkin patch in a ranch near a town called Moriarty. All the kids carried a pumpkin back with them. Their teachers invited me to visit their school sometime to sing for the children.

That opportunity happened on my 77th birthday on November 17th and we all had a grand time. The kids sang "Happy Birthday" to me in both Spanish and English. I then sang pieces from three Spanish songs I still remembered as taught by a school chum almost 60 years ago when first in college. ("Solamente una vez", "Anai", "Granada") Then the kids sang "Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Twinkle twinkle little star", and "Row, row, row your boat." A teacher from Argentina (far right in photo) sang a Hebrew song. Another teacher from Brazil (far left in photo) sang a Portuguese song. And still another teacher (out of sight) sang a Hawaiian song while swaying and describing the song's images with her fingers.