“Teach Kids About East Africa – Let's Sing 'We Are Happy'” is a world music lesson about West Africa for kids that uses a simple sing-along to introduce them to Africa melodies and culture. “We Are Happy” is a Ugandan hello song that we sing to open every All Around This World music class. For the All Around This World: Africa (North and East) CD we recorded the song in the Kenyan/East African style known as benga.
All Around This World is a global music and world cultures program that introduces kids and their grown-ups to the world using enlivening international rhythms and movement.
No materials or musical knowledge necessary. Imagination and an open mind required.
-- Interactive PDF with background information introducing Uganda and links to teacher training video and All Around This World's “Teach Kids We Are Happy.”
-- An mp3 of All Around This World's recording of the song embedded in the PDF.
-- Lyrics and sheet music (with guitar chords)
-- Access to password-protected “How to Teach Kids 'We Are Happy'” video. All Around This World founder and lead teacher Jay Sand introduces you to “A Hiyeni” and suggests ways to share the song with kids, from infants-in-arms to 9 year-olds. In case you feel less than confident about singing with your students, the video includes a section with Jay teaching the song directly to kids. ** Teacher training video is on Vimeo.com. Please make sure you can access Vimeo videos before you buy the lesson.
-- Access to password-protected “Bouncing Ball Sing-Along” video so you and your students can learn the song. (The version of "We Are Happy" you'll hear in this bouncing ball sing-along is an arrangement from West Africa)
-- Printable summary of lesson for kids to take home (both color and back and white)
All Around This World lessons are a small part of Jay Sand's independently crafted, mission-driven educational project that includes:
-- weekly online classes (Jay makes a new class available each week for families and schools to share with their students)
-- Award-winning multilingual CDs such as All Around This World: Latin America and All Around This World: Africa
-- the All Around This World website, with over 1,000 pages that introduce kids and their families to music and culture from every inhabited continent
parent-child classes, family-friendly concerts and school workshops
and always much more...
This lesson is licensed for use in one classroom or for one family, or for use by a "traveling" teacher (such as a music teacher who visits several classrooms in a school. Multiple licenses are available at a 50% discount.