I’ve been teaching my kids 5 Little Pumpkins (go click on that big light blue button to listen!), which involves counting, gerunds and emotions. Some of the words are very new for the kids, such as pouting and yawning. The music, however, very helpfully guides the kids along, which explains why, with just a bit more help using clear gestures and facial expressions, the kids have so far without fail figured everything out.
The kids have also so far without fail giggled immensely at learning the word grumpy. While there’s a huge chance that I’m missing something that all the kids are getting (maybe grumpy sounds like another word they know?), I’m thinking for now that grumpy apparently is more fun to say than angry, plus, we never at all folded our arms quite like that and went humph! quite like that when we were learning angry.
Mind you, I don’t think my kids have learned yet what 3 Little Pumpkins and 4 Little Pumpkins are doing: so far without fail they’ve also laughed right through those 2 verses.
Word nerd that I am, I can’t find the origins of the word grumpy. Inevitably, though, someone has called out a “Quick, name Snow White’s 7 dwarfs!” challenge, which, for the first time ever, has me wondering what the names of the dwarfs are in Japanese. Or in any other language. Can anyone help me?
Oh ah whee here’s a giggle of my own. When I looked up humph in the dictionary, I saw this for the pronunciation explanation:
a snort articulated as a syllabic m or n with a voiceless onset and ending in a nasal h or a glottal stop; often read as ‘h&m(p)f [m-w.com]
Snort? There’s a word I want to learn in Japanese.
UPDATE: Lest you mistakenly think as I did that the song lyrics are the only excitement on the page, I just saw that you really ought to scroll down down all the way down for gallons more fun. There are worksheets galore for you to print (magic word: FREE), activity ideas, and something else I’m forgetting. If it’s 10 minutes before class and your teaching buddies still have no idea what to do for that lesson, this is where they need to be. Here and next to the printer. Oh, and there’s another big light blue button to click on at the bottom of the page so you can listen to the song all over again. Much fun this is.