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Happy Valentine’s Day!

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your young

learners? Here are two songs that build English language

skills along with movement.


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For many years my kindergarten students have been

celebrating letters at this time of year. Many of my Japanese

students struggled to pronounce /v/ from the word

“Valentine.” This little song is based on the Japanese song

“”Cho Cho” (Lightly Row). It teaches simple social

language along with the sound /v/ for Valentine. When the children hear the word “valentine,” they

make a heart shape with their fingers, arms, or whole body.

 

 

Be My Valentine 

by Kathy Kampa

from Kathy Kampa’s Special Days and Holidays CD

 

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Will you be my Valentine?

I like you. You like me.

Be my Valentine.

[v] [v] Valentine!

[v] [v] Valentine!

I like you. You like me.

Be my Valentine.

 

Here’s a video clip to give you some ideas of how to move to the song. Special thanks to my nieces

Brooke and Shannon for helping out.

 

The song I’m Your Friend, from my CD Jump Jump Everyone, invites

students to move in various ways, such as skipping, jumping, walking, and even

skating! Developing gross motor skills is important for young learners. Moving together

helps children learn to collaborate. Most children love to learn through music and

movement, so I hope that your students enjoy singing and dancing to this song.

 

You can sing this with small or large classes. Here are the lyrics to the song:

 

I’m Your Friend 

by Kathy Kampa

from Kathy Kampa’s Jump Jump Everyone CD

 

Chorus:

I’m your friend. You are mine.

Will you be my Valentine?

I’m your friend. You are mine.

Will you be my Valentine?

 

Let’s walk.

 

Verse:

Walk, walk, walk with me. Walking, walking, 1-2-3,

4-5-6, 7-8-9,  Will you be my Valentine?

 

*repeat with skip, jump, slide, skate, dance

 

With a small group, it’s easy to have all of the students join hands in a circle.

With a bigger group, students can form partners. Here’s a video clip of my Magic Time class

singing I’m Your Friend.

 

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, everyone!

 

Kathy

 

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Be My Valentine is one of 15 great songs for kids on Kathy Kampa’s Special Days and Holidays.

I’m Your Friend is one of 23 great songs for kids on Kathy Kampa’s Jump Jump Everyone.

These two CDs each include a handy attached booklet with lyrics, and are available for teachers in

Japan at ETJ Book Service.

 

For teachers residing outside of Japan, the songs are available for download through iTunes. To

hear the studio version of Be My Valentine, go to iTunes, and click on Track #4.  To hear the studio

version of I’m Your Friend, go to iTunes, and click on Track #6.

 

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