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Most of these songs are based on the Geography Songs published by Audio Memory (Troxels), 800-365-SING. I bought mine through Sing 'N Learn. You'll need their tape to make sense of the songs. Although I really like the A.M. tape, there were some which we found hard to learn, so we used the following alternate songs. I have skipped many of the tiny countries (e.g. San Marino, Andorra). I tried to put the countries in the order they appear on the map, as much as possible.


Africa

Sing this to the tune of the ABC song. The letters in ( ) tell you which part of the ABC tune you should be at. Pay special attention to where each line ends; it corresponds to the phrasing of the tune.

(a) Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya,
Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia.
(q) Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Mozambique, Madagascar, South Africa.

(a) Botswana, Namibia, Angola,
Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria.
(q) Cote D'Ivoire, (s) Western Sahara, (t) Mauritania,
(w) Mali, Niger, Chad, Uganda.

Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe,
The rest I'll learn another day!

This song covers 93% of the land of Africa, but only 54% of the countries. I've skipped most of the smaller countries. The countries are in order geographically, clockwise around the continent, then down the interior. I realize that Zaire is currently called Democratic Republic of the Congo, but I just couldn't make that fit.

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Western Europe

The first verse is the A.M. Western Europe song. The second verse covers Scandinavia, British Isles, and some of Southern Europe. It's the same tune as the A.M. Western Europe song.
Iceland and Ireland, Great Britain,
Norway and Sweden and Finland,
Portugal, Spain and Italy,
And don't forget Denmark.

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Eastern Europe

Start with the A.M. Southern Europe song, but stop at Bosnia-Herzegovina. The second verse repeats the same tune, and stops at the same point in the tune.
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Hungary, and Romania,
Czech Republic and Slovakia
And don't forget Slovenia.

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Middle East

This is the same as the A.M. song; I just changed the order to match the map, and dropped North Yemen.
The Middle East has Israel, Iran, Iraq,
Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar.
United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen,
And Saudi Arabia.

Jordan and Lebanon,
Syria and Turkey,
The island of Cyprus too.
15 countries ...

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Asia

The first verse begins with the A.M. Asia song, but starting at "South Korea," you change the last line. The second verse covers South Asia and Southeast Asia. It's the same tune as the A.M. Asia song. The only country I had to skip was little Brunei, the song doesn't jump around the map nearly as much, and it uses the up-to-date country names in Southeast Asia.
...North Korea and South Korea
Malaysia and the Philippines.

Afghanistan and Pakistan,
India, Sri Lanka,
Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh,
Indonesia (where you'd sing "and Mongolia")
Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia, and Thailand,
Singapore, then up to Bhutan.

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Central America

Use the US states song, where the tune begins, "California, Arizona, New Mexico." Mexico and Guatemala,
Be-ay-ay-lize,
Honduras and El Salvador, Nicaragua,
Costa Rica, Panama,
These are the countries of
Central America!

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Canada Song
Posted by StaceyL

The first two sections correspond to the verse tune of O Canada (i.e., sing the same tune twice). The last section is set to the chorus. Also note that the three syllables of "New Brunswick" are all sung on the one note of "O" from O Canada, in order to maintain the proper beat. The O Canada tune can be heard at the following site: O Canada Music
O Canada, from sea to shining sea,
Far to the north, your territories three:
the Yukon with its old gold rush,
the Northwest Territories,
the Inuit have Nunavut
to govern lawfully.

O Canada, British Columbia
on the west coast,
and then comes Alberta
where Rocky Mountains reach so high,
and then Saskatchewan
where prairies spread beneath the sky,
and then Manitoba;

(chorus tune:)
Ontario, with Great Lakes below,
Quebec, then Labrador to Newfoundland belongs,
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia,
P.E.I., and that's our song!

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13 Colonies
Posted by StaceyL
To the tune of "Yankee Doodle" (what else?!)

Virginia, Georgia, Delaware, and North Carolina;
Massachusetts, Maryland (two M's), and South Carolina.
Pennsylvania, New York! (shout New York!!)
New Hampshire and New Jersey, (three "New"s)
Rhode Island and Connecticut:
These were the thirteen colonies!
(DA-da-da-DA-da...DA-DA!!)

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And now in the off-subject-but-useful category:

The 12 Tribes of Israel
From KC. To the tune of ABC (and in alphabetical order):

Asher, Benjamin and Dan;
Ephraim, Gad and Issachar;
Judah, Manasseh, Nephtali;
Reuben, Simeon, Zebulun!

Now I've sung the 12 Tribes,
Of Israel, the *sons of Jacob!

*Remind your children, that Levi and Joseph were the actual sons of Jacob, and not Manasseh and Ephraim, but Jacob "adopted" Manasseh and Ephraim as his own, so they were given divisions of land as were the other sons, in Joseph's place. Levi was not given land, but given the priestly roll (Gen. 48, 49).

Memory Songs for Preschoolers
Michele B. says, "Here are some songs that I made up to help preschoolers learn some basic things. All are sung to the tune of the ABC song."

555-1234
is my phone number you see
1-2-3 Scottsdale Road
In Nowhere, Florida,
Is where I live you can see
Me and my whole family!

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Days of the week are fun to say,
I can say them all the way!

January, February
March, April, May, June, July
August, September, October
November, December, too,
These are the months of the year,
I will sing them you will hear!

and for children learning their vowels:
A-E-I-O-U are vowels
A-E-I-O-U are vowels
There are vowels in every word,
Every word that I have heard,
Vowels are special, vowels are neat,
I like vowels they can't be beat!


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