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Monday, September 3, 2018

We Are Different


I absolutely LOVE this song!  It ranks high on my favorite-primary-songs list - something about the rhythm and singing on the off-beat.  It can be a little tricky but don't let that deter you from teaching it to your primary!  It's also a great one to sing with visitors!

Sing the verses by having the primary pair up with a neighbor and face each other to do simple actions with each other.  You as the leader can pair with the visitor.  If there are multiple visitors, have them pair up with each other after the song has been demonstrated to them by the primary.

1st Verse:
I know you: point to partner using both hands
and you know me: point to themselves using thumbs
We are as different as the sun and the sea: grasp hands
I know you: point to partner using both hands
you know me: point to themselves using thumbs
And that's the way it is supposed to be: have children shake hands on the beat

2nd Verse:
I help you: hold left hands and sink to the ground together
and you help me: switch to right hands and rise up together
We learn from problems, and we’re starting to see: foreheads gently come together (be careful!)
I help you: hold left hands and sink to the ground together
and you help me: switch to right hands and rise up together
And that's the way it is supposed to be: have children shake hands on the beat

3rd Verse:
I love you: backs of hands touch neighbors palms
and you love me: both palms touch neighbors palms
We reach together for the best we can be: touching palms raise above heads and come down
I love you: backs of hands touch neighbors palms
and you love me: both palms touch neighbors palms
And that's the way it is supposed to be: have children shake hands on the beat

Sing 1 verse or all 3 then repeat with new neighbors!

Make sure to check out all of my welcome songs HERE.  I beginning to rotate through a new welcome song monthly!

2 comments:

mamalaoshi said...

This is one of my favorite songs too. I've always done it with rhythm instruments but I like your actions. I'll have to try it.
Super cute illustration too. Did you draw it? Is it ok to print a copy of it?

Camille Hill said...

Hi mamalaoshi,

Rhythm instruments is a great idea too! The illustration is from The Children's Songbook Companion that I just digitized and colored. Feel free to print!

~Camille