For the last few weeks in our Movement class, we’ve been learning and having fun with the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Sukkot (the Fall Harvest Festival). In addition, we’ve been doing fun Discover CATCH activities and songs as well.
For Rosh Hashanah, we stretched up high to pick “apples out of trees,” and we bent over to pick up the “fallen apples.” Then we were “busy bees,” flying from flower to flower spreading pollen.
We also learned a very fun song called “Tony Chestnut.” It’s a modified version of “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes.” The actions that go with the song follow the names and words we say (have your children show you how to do it! They love it! You can find it on YouTube):
Tony (touch “toes” & “knees”) Chestnut (touch “chest” & “head = nut”) knows (“nose”) I (“eye”) love you,(“cross arms over chest” – like a “hug”)
Tony knows, Tony knows
Tony Chestnut knows I love you,
That’s what Tony knows.
Tony, Tony, and his sister, Eileen (“lean”). And Eileen loves Neil (“kneel”) And Neil loves Pat (“pat shoulders”) But Pat still loves Bob (“bob head”)
And there’s Russell (“stand back up and wiggle legs”) And Skip (“skip in place”) This song is silly (“make a silly face”) But it’s hip (“point to hip”)
How it ends (you can figure out where we pointed for this one…) Just one man knows (“hold up one finger, and touch nose”) And guess what (“hold arms in “I don’t know” gesture”) It’s Tony Chestnut!
Now we are learning about how “GO” foods and “WHOA” foods relate to the Jewish holiday of SUKKOT. Since Sukkot is considered to be one of the “harvesting holidays,” it’s a perfect time to talk about all the different and delicious fruits and vegetables we love to eat. I showed the children different GO and WHOA foods, and then we sang our song (and did the related gestures):
(Sung to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down”)
Whoa foods make us feel tired and slow, [hang your body over, as if you’re very tired] Tired and slow, tired and slow. Whoa foods make us feel tired and slow, Eat them rarely. [slooooowly lift up one finger to represent “once in a while”]Go foods make us feel big and strong - UH! [flex your biceps] Big and strong – UGH! Big and strong – UH! Go foods make us feel big and strong – UH! Eat them daily!! [wiggle ALL your fingers to represent every day of the week!] (The “UH!” in the song is a grunt to show how strong you are!)
Have fun with this song! The children LOVE it!
We also used a small parachute, to symbolize the “sukkah” (a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot).
Remember…“Keep it fit and Keep it FUN!”