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Preschool Songs: Two African American Songs to Sing With Your Class

written by: Akili Amina • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 6/6/2012

Your class will learn more about the African American culture when you sing these two songs with them. Sing traditional African American preschool songs with your class for the sake of education and recreation. These two catchy and memorable songs are traditional and fun!

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    The Language of Music

    Music is very critical for children's development. Music aids them in their rhythm and singing skills. They may carry these songs with them throughout their lives.

    When you use music as a learning tool in your classroom, it helps them form their nervous systems and oral abilities. Children learn self expression through this art medium. They will be able to open up and expose their creative side, as well.

    There are several types of musical genres to explore in your classroom, but this article will concentrate on some traditional African American preschool songs for children. These songs are traditions in the African American community and are sung in various settings or functions.

    These songs are great for socializing and creating a sense of well being with your children. After learning these songs, it will teach your children how to have empathy and compassion to this vibrant culture and its people. They will enjoy singing them with their classmates while they help to create a powerful feeling of togetherness.

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    Songs

    Whold World We've Got The Whole World in Our Hands

    We've got the whole world in our hands - We've got the whole world in our hands

    We've got the whole world in our hands - We've got the whole world in our hands

    We've got the itty bitty babies in our hands - We've got the mamas and the papas in our hands

    We've got all God's children in our hands - We've got the great blue whales in our hands

    The little nightingale in our hands - We've got the great blue whales in our hands

    We've got the whole world in our hands - We've got the rivers and the oceans in our hands

    We've got the mountains and the oceans in our hands - We've got the forest and the farmlands in our hands

    We've got the whole world in our hands - We've got everything we need in our hands

    The time is now for all to know - The planet Earth is our only home

    People of the world in every land - It's time we understand

    We've got the whole world in our hands!

    Miss Mary Mack

    elephant Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack

    All dressed in black, black, black

    With silver buttons, buttons, buttons

    All down her back, back, back.

    She asked her mother, mother, mother

    For 50 cents, cents, cents

    To see the elephants, elephants, elephants

    Jump over the fence, fence, fence.

    They jumped so high, high, high

    They reached the sky, sky, sky

    And they didn't come back, back, back

    'Til the 4th of July, ly, ly!

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    References

    Cited Sources:

    "Singing With Young Children". Montessori World Educational Institute. November 10, 2009 .

    Images from MS Word ClipArt