Thursday, January 19, 2012

Classic Australian Songs with Printable

In the lead up to Australia Day we are working through our Printable Australia Day unit and learning the words to some classic Australian songs.

The kids basically know these, just from growing up and hearing them over the years, but we are practicing daily at getting those lyrics down.

Some of these classic songs have recently been published into children's picture books, with CD's on the inside cover. I thought this was a great way to keep these songs alive with the younger generation.

Waltzing Matilda, often regarded as Australia's unofficial National Anthem, tells the story of the struggles endured by shearers in the outback in the 1800's.

Advance Australia Fair, Australia's official National Anthem, was first sung in Sydney in 1878. This picture book version contains paintings from some of Australia's finest artists.

I thought this was a great way to capture the essence of the anthem, through the images of Australian artists.

A Home Among The Gum Trees, is an iconic Australian song. I doubt there would be an Australian adult, that grew up in Australia, that doesn't know this song.

It was remiss of me to not include it in the Australia Day Printable unit, so I have included a download here.

Download the file by clicking here.


Ticia said...

I love Waltzing Matilda, it's such a fun song.

Lyndsey said...

Waltzing Matilda is on my son's cd I sing at bed time. I'd never heard it before so I've been singing it as "Waltzing with tuna." Haha Woops!

The Adventurer said...

We just finished our Australia unit I hadn't heard the gum tree song:) but we really enjoyed the Waltzing Matilda song

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