Gerakkan Badanmu: Move Your Body

This Term in Indonesian, it is all about learning the body for the Year 3s. We learnt the vocabulary for the different parts of the body, adjectives to describe the body features, and making short sentences to describe how we look. The lesson started with us learning through the famous nursery rhyme “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” in Indonesian. Being already familiar with the song, we were able to grasp the new Indonesian vocabulary very quickly.

Another song we frequently listened to in our lessons was “Gerakkan Badanmu” which means “Move Your Body”. As you can see in the video, most of us enjoyed wriggling our bodies to the lyrics of the song. We learnt simple verbs that describe our actions, such as “gerakkan” to move, “goyang” to shake, “angkat” to raise, and many more. We often hear Ibu Eng say “Angkat tangan” when she wants us to raise our hands to answer questions in class. Luckily she did not ask us to “Angkat kaki”, to raise our legs. That would be a very funny sight in class!

As we became more proficient in the language, we participated in classroom activities that required us to make short sentences describing the different body features to our friends. It was a great activity to practice our speaking and listening skills, as well as reinforce the Indonesian vocabulary that we have already learnt. In the activity, one of us had to describe a body feature, then another friend will draw it out on the whiteboard according to the information given. We also did something similar independently in our scrapbooks.

Furthermore, we learnt that Indonesians have features unique to them, such as almond-shaped eyes and not so sharp noses. We celebrate and embrace our differences because we understand that we are all wonderfully and perfectly made in God’s eyes (Psalm 139:14).

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