Greek alphabet

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Hmmmm, sounds like the standard line most people provide when asked to speak in a foreign tongue. Considering I live a long distance from any greek restaurants I knew this would be a challenge. But with a little assistance from my favorite assisted living residents we decided to have a “An Alphabet of Greek Fun”. At their request, there are lots of songs about moving and sports as Greece is the birthplace of the Olympics.

Alpha – We sang the greek alphabet as I found it here on Teknia. This served as our structure for the group – something for each letter of the greek alphabet. Things are necessarily related to the letter.

Beta – Physical warm up to Greek music. I used “Zorba the Greek” for this. Arms, legs, wrists were all warmed up

Gamma – “The Star Spangled Banner” was sung to mark the beginning of our games.

Delta – Distribute drums while we sing “Oh When the Saints“.

Epsilon – Drumming the rhythm “It’s Greek to me” with opportunities for people to solo on top of it.

Zeta – Sing & play to “Them Bones” then discuss how we are constructed for movement

Eta – “Roll Out the Barrel”

Theta –  “Faraway Places” was sung. It has been the theme song for the year.

Iota – “Bicycle Built for Two”

Kappa – “Camptown Races” with a discussion of types of races.

Lambda –  “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

Mu – “By the Sea” followed by a discussion of swimming events.

Nu – “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain”

Xi –  “Back in the Saddle Again” followed by a  mention about equestrian events

Omicron – “God Bless America”

Pi – “Tennessee Waltz” with a short discussion about dancing for exercise.

Rho – “Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Sigma – “Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

Tau – Trivia was next over facts about Greece.

Upsilon – “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag

Phi – “Man on the Flying Trapeze” followed by a discussion on gymnastics while I pass out scarves.

Chi – Scarf dance to “Yerakina”.

Psi – We repeated the “Greek Alphabet Song”.

Omega – We sang our standard closing song “Show Me the Way to Go Home”.

This was a lot of fast pace fun. We learned, laughed, and remember an amazing amount. A big thank you to Evelyn L. (@evievie) for the music recommendations we used for our warm-up & scarf dance.

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