Culture In Focus: Russia!

Every February, the Intra Curricular Activities Teachers (ICATs) team focus on one culture to learn more about in-depth. This year, as a salute to the Winter Olympics, we are learning about Russia! The Turtles, Giraffes, Chefs, Bears, Zebras, Wranglers, Rockets, Penguins, Mustangs, and Explorers will learn about Russian art, song, dance, instruments, costumes, stories, flag, games, words, and food.

We have begun using Russian words:
pree-vee-et: hello
pah-kah: good-bye
spah-see-boh: thank you
da: yes
nyet: no

In music, we are learning to sing “May There Always Be Sunshine,” a popular Russian  children’s song from 1962. Arkady Ostrovsky composed the music and Lev Oshanin wrote the lyrics. It is a song expressing the people’s desire for peace. To keep it simple, I am focusing on teaching and singing the repeated refrain that was composed in 1928 by four-year-old boy Kostya Barannikov.

Pust’ vsegda budet solntse. (May there always be sunshine.)
Pust’ vsegda budet nebo. (May there always be blue skies.)
Pust’ vsegda budet mama. (May there always be mama.)
Pust’ vsegda budet ya. (May there always be me.)

The Wranglers, Rockets, Penguins, Mustangs, and Explorers are learning how to sing it in Russian. It is tricky! All classes are singing the refrain together in English and creating our own version of what they want to may there always be. Below are the videos we watched in class as an introduction to the song and to create our own.

About Hilary Yip

Music Therapy. Martial Arts. Rowing/Coxswain. Creative Movement.
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