We made Super Simple Songs because as children's ESL/EFL teachers, we had a hard time finding songs to use in class that were appropriate for our kids. We could find fun songs that the kids could enjoy moving to, but not really understand and sing. And we could find some ESL-type songs that maybe the kids could understand, but weren't a whole lot of fun to move around to.
So we made songs, originals and adaptations of children's classics, that were both simple enough lyrically for young learners to understand (especially with the help of gesture and dance) and a lot of fun to sing and move with.
Our version of the Hokey Pokey is a pretty good example of what a Super Simple Song is all about. Actually, in terms of action and vocabulary, there is a lot more going on in our version than the traditional Hokey Pokey, which we think makes it a little more fun and a lot more educational. But we did simplify it by replacing some of the language that can be frustrating and kind of meaningless to young learners (especially language that is difficult to teach through gesture).
We also replace left and right with one and two, making the song more accessible for very young learners and introducing plural forms (one hand, two hands...one foot, two feet).
This clip is a group of 6 year-olds from Yokohama. Thanks to Rina, Toshie, Sana, Kazuya, Aya, and Shioo!
We're finishing up Super Simple Songs 3 right now, and Troy has a fun new animation up at our website, so please stop by and see what's going on there.