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Many Japanese speak English. But they do not think our thoughts. They worship at other shrines; profess another creed; observe a different code. They can no more be moved by Christian pacifism than wolves by the bleating of sheep. We have to deal with a people whose values are in many respects altogether different from our own.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

The Mission of Japan, 1937

Head Shoulders Knees And Toes!

Knees

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

Ankles, elbows, hands and feet, hands and feet
Ankles, elbows, hands and feet, hands and feet
And arms and legs and chin and cheeks
Ankles, elbows, hands and feet, hands and feet

Notes:

I guess this song is used by more children's teachers of English than any other, at least the first verse. Adding other verses can both renew interest in the song and introduce more body parts.

The second verse above focuses on some of the different parts of the arm and leg. This is useful for young Japanese learners as Japanese doesn't discriminate between these in the same way as English, or rather, can have a more woolly usage.

When using this song, I think that varying the tempo and introducing pauses adds to the fun and learning process. I usually slow down when doing the third line, pause at the end and then do the final fourth line very fast.

Something else which is important is to do big, dramatic actions. I think this applies to almost all physical activities. The more presence we can have the better.

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