Let’s count our fingers this week! We can count our fingers to the same tune as the Ten Little Friends song. Just replace 朋友 (péng you) ‘friend’ with 手指 (shǒu zhǐ ) ‘finger’. We will use Henre Tullet’s ’10 times 10′ book to count with. Older kids can practice this to gain more fluency with counting and measure words. Technically for the word ‘finger’ you can use either the measure word 个 (ge) or 只 (zhī). We will stick with ‘ge’.
We will learn Groovi Pauli’s Christmas song in class over the next few weeks so that you can sing it as a family over Xmas Dinner! Don’t forget you can buy Groovi Pauli’s albums on iTunes, he has a whole album of celebration festival songs and are great to listen to in the car!
Below the video are the pinyin lyrics and literal translation, but you can find the Chinese characters on the attached santa claus coming to town images for song that I created. We will learn some actions with the cards so that it is easier for you to remember!
Xiǎopéngyǒu, nǐ bùyào kū
wǒmen lái yīqǐ, hāhā dà xiào
shèngdàn lǎorén jìn chéng lái liao
tā zhīdào nǐ shuìjiàole, tā zhīdào nǐ méi shuì
tā zhīdào nǐ guāi bù guāi, suǒyǐ nǐ yào guāi
little children, no need to cry
lets get together and be happy
santa Claus is coming to town
he knows if you are asleep, he knows if you’re not asleep
he knows if you are good or not good, so you need to be good