A Train Ride around the World

In this program, Jill takes younger children (ages 5-10) on a musical journey across the world map. (Organisers, please note: it helps her greatly if there is actually a map on the wall so that she can show the children where each country lies.) She begins, of course, in New Zealand, with a medley of Maori songs, and stops in such places as Israel (where she currently lives), Poland (where her father was born), several other places in Europe, the British Isles and the Americas.

At various points in the 40-minute program, Jill teaches the children the chorus of a song, or an entire song. She chooses only texts and/or melodies that are easy to sing. For example, the song from Israel is accompanied by hand actions. Instead of getting the children to sing in Hebrew, she shows them the hand movements, and they concentrate on this aspect: general hilarity is almost guaranteed! This truly international program, which has met with enthusiastic responses in the United States and New Zealand, can be adjusted to suit child audiences in different countries.

 

October 28, 2002 3 elementary schools, Chambersburg, PA, USA

October 29, 2002 Buchanan elementary school, Chambersburg, PA, USA

February 11, 2004 King Edward’s Elementary School, Vero Beach, FL, USA

 February 12, 2004 Maitland Farm School, Vero Beach, FL, USA

 February 16, 2004 King Street Elementary School, Chambersburg, PA, USA

 February 19, 2004 Xenos Christian School, Columbus, OH, USA

 February 20, 2004 Calumet Christian School, Columbus, OH, USA

 February 20, 2004 Harambee Christian School, Columbus, OH, USA

 March 9, 2005 Mary R. Tisko Elementary School, Branford, CT, USA

 March 13, 2005 Temple Mt Sinai Hebrew School, El Paso, TX, USA

 March 18, 2005 Pressman Academy (Temple Beth Am), Los Angeles, CA, USA

 March 29, 2005 Center Elementary School, Clearfield, PA, USA

 March 30, 2005 Bradford Elementary School, Clearfield, PA, USA

 March 31, 2005 Goshen-Girard Elementary School, Goshen, PA, USA

 April 8, 2005 Andrew Buchanan Elementary School, Chambersburg, PA, USA

 October 19, 2006 Lippman Jewish Day School, Akron, OH, USA

 October 20, 2006 Bettes Elementary School, Akron, OH, USA

 October 20, 2006 Fairlawn Elementary School, Akron, OH, USA

October 24, 2006 Doherty Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI, USA

 October 30, 2006 Hebrew Day School, Maitland, FL, USA

 October 14, 2007 Hebrew Day School, Bloomfield, NJ, USA

 October 28, 2007 Hebrew Day School, Richmond, VA, USA

 February 25, 2010 Marsden Primary School, Wellington, New Zealand

 October 2l, 2010 Andrew Buchanan Elementary School, Chambersburg, PA, USA

 February 2, 2012 Clinton Elementary School, Maplewood, NJ, USA