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French Tongue Twister, Scottish Poetry and Scat

14 Jun

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 9.03.33 PMPerhaps elementary school performances have changed drastically where I lived as a child, and you might hear French tongue twisters, Scottish poetry and Scat at the entertainments in an American public school. I’ve never seen the like except in the International School our sons attend here in Holland.

The event was the 3rd and 4th Grade Art Show & Concert. One piece of art by each child was displayed on black felt walls or tables organized by medium and classroom. You were welcome to enjoy a hot beverage and little sweet dainties as you pondered the various works of small hands such as aluminum reliefs, color dial experiments, “my life” tile works (so appropriate to The Netherlands, land of Delft tiles), and birds both in chalk as well as 3D versions which my children now think is what doctors do with their casting supplies when not setting a broken bone.

After the art show, you made your way to the theater for a multinational musical concert. Set to music were a traditional Indian poem, a Robert Louis Stevenson poem, a Japanese text by Rofu Miki, and the French tongue twister “Ton Thé.” The children sang from memory not only in the aforementioned languages but also Nigerian, Swahili, Spanish, Tamil, and an entire number in scat. They closed with their school theme song; another item missing from my childhood. (Do you have any interest in the song list? Comment.)

When did you first travel abroad? I was in my twenties. My children, however, go to a school where over 80 countries are represented. I am so grateful. If the school were the only benefit of our short years as expats in The Netherlands, it would all be worth it. As we enter the home stretch and continue to post about Living in Holland, you can expect more mentions about the International School experience.

Meanwhile we continue to work on a project in east Congo where the children have so few educational advantages. Do you have fond memories of summer camp or vacation Bible school? The friends you made, the activities, and memories of a lifetime? You can give a Congolese child that sort of experience this summer. For a limited time your gift is doubled! Visit our crowdfunding project today.

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Kristin King is an insecure writer who wishes she could harness the robust energy of her childhood, of singing loud without a care in the world, of dancing with abandon, and apply that to her next novel.

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7 responses to “French Tongue Twister, Scottish Poetry and Scat

  1. dalecooper57

    June 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

    It does. I can contact Ian and give him your details if you like. E-mail me at the address below and I’ll forward it on to him if you like…

    dalecooper57x@gmail.com

     
  2. kristinkingauthor

    June 15, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Oh wow. I love the old 70’s photo you introduced this series with–and picturing your dad trying to channel the water away from the tent. Does Travel-n-Ravel still take submissions?

     
  3. kristinkingauthor

    June 15, 2016 at 8:23 am

    The world does feel so much closer in Europe.

     
  4. dalecooper57

    June 15, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I was very lucky to be taken abroad a lot when I was a kid. Living in the South East of England for my whole childhood meant that we were only an hour or so from the ferry port at Dover and we went on continental camping holidays most years.
    I have visited France, (many times, it’s still my favourite) The Netherlands, Luxemburg, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden and the first time for all those was on family camping holidays.

     
  5. kristinkingauthor

    June 14, 2016 at 11:51 am

    All right. Here goes.
    Third Grade Choir
    “Path to the Moon” by Eric H. Thiman
    “Nila” a tradition Indian poem in Tamil (Music by Mirmala Rajasekar) On this one our 3rd son played an Indian xylophone (called a kasht tarang).
    “I Will Bring You Brooches” Scottish Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson/Music by Rush Boshkoff
    “Si Me Dan Pasteles” A traditional Puerto Rican Folksong
    Fourth Grade Choir
    “Manx Lullaby” Traditional Manx Folksong arranged by Lori-Anne Dolloff
    “Ton The” by Jeanne and Robert Gilmost arranged by Susan Brumfield
    “Red Dragonflies” Text by Rofu Miki, Music by Kosaku Yamada, arranged by Ruth Dwyer and Vicki Nurre
    “Now’s the Time” by Charlie Parker arranged by Norma Jean Luckey
    Combined Third and Fourth Grade Choirs
    “E Oru O” Yoruban Processional from Nigeria
    “O Colored Earth” by Steve Heitzeg
    “Kuwa Furaha” (in Swahili) by Jim Papoulis

     
  6. Dad

    June 14, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Of course we are interested in the song list!

     

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