YOUR BOOK OF PLAYGROUND CHANTS AND SONGS
PRESERVE OUR AMERICAN VERNACULAR SONGS – OUR ORAL CULTURE
FUN FOR THE FAMILY & FUN FOR EVERYONE
BE A PATRIOT AND SAVE OUR HISTORY
Collect your playground chants and songs for yout book.
Write down every song you know on one piece of paper.
Write down every chant you know on one piece of paper.
Put the pages together and it is your book of Playground Chants and Songs.
CREATIVITY is the least important, most important attribute and totally absent in the U.S. ~ Karen Ellis
GINIKER: IS THE LIGHTENING BOLT
THE LEADER IS THE FLINT
THE FIRST FOLLOWER PROVIDES THE HEAT WHICH IS (JAZZ)
THE 2ND PERSON is the follower a turning point: it’s proof the first has done well.
Followers are more important than a leader – followers start a movement!
START A MOVEMENT
Miss Mary had a Baby – Rockin Robin
Children’s own culture is FABULOUS!
If you are interested in Arts Education, Children’s Health, and Society the National Children’s Folksong Repository is a public folklore project will preserve what is left of our oral culture.
Children in the United States aren’t singing the songs of their heritage, an omission that puts the nation in jeopardy of losing a longstanding and rich part of its identity. Use this site to donate your song or chant. Support the THE NCFR CAUSE
Support the #NCFR and Invite Your Friends
- Allan Slutsky Standing In The Shadows of Motown Producer, Musician, Author, Grammy Winner
- Carla Benson Lead Vocalist Background Singer Standing In The Shadows of Motown
- Karen Ellis Standing In The Shadows of Motown, Teacher Author, Publisher. Founder Educational CyberPlayGround®, Inc., NCFR National Children’s Folksong Repository, CEO K21PlayGround.com
- Dr. John Rickford Professor of Linguistics Stanford University
- Dr. David Karen Professor of Sociology Bryn Mawr College
Retired Upper Merion School Board Member, Montgomery, County PA
Domino by Karen Ellis collected 1978
from students from the Ricardo Richards School U.S.V.I playground. Thank you Students!
Let’s Get the Rhythm
THIS is the hidden civilization of childhood, the all child-originated culture, the skip rope songs, counting out rhymes, parodies, singing verses, superstitions, of children themselves. We do not want to see the Adults pushing their “brand” adult melody, copyrighted, DRM, made up songs onto the kids through CD’s, websites, and MP3’s.
Their ears and bodies need to be left alone, unmolested by adult intervention, and commercial branding efforts. We want kids to teach each other the songs they make up themselves – they don’t need adults involved in this process.
Their brains need to be grooved and made ready for reading by doing what they have have always been doing by themselves through evolution. What kids can do with technology is collect their own songs and share them online, then feel free to download new ones to share with their friends. Not only are they spread, they do spread right now!
GESTURE IS BETTER FOR LEARNING ABSTRACT CONCEPTS SO GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD
-> MOVE -> BE PHYSICAL INSTEAD!
“Gesture, for example – the nongramatical expressive movements we all make [shrugging shoulders, waving good-bye, brandishing a fist, etc]. Humans are not the only animal to with language.
CREATIVITY STARTS WITH THE ARTS
“We found that children in the first, second and third grades who sing these songs demonstrate skills absent in children who don’t take part in similar activities,” explains Dr. Idit Sulkin a member of BGU’s Music Science Lab in the Department of the Arts. “We also found that children who spontaneously perform hand-clapping songs in the yard during recess have neater handwriting, write better and make fewer spelling errors.”