Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Purpose of a "Hello Song"

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What is the purpose of a "greeting" or "hello" song?

I start each Music and Movement class with a greeting song.  Each child's name is sung as we do an action or dance move.  I change the actual song every few months but keep the essential part of singing each child's name.

Why?

A child's name is her identity.  To greet a child by name validates who she is and affirms her presence in class.  It also teaches children that the spotlight will be on them when it is their turn and then it will be someone else's turn to be in the spotlight.  It is a subtle way to teach children to share attention.

Our Favorite "Hello Songs"

Who Are You?
This is an "I-Spy" type song.  I sing something special about each child and they sing back in response.  The children love to hear me sing about them.

I see a girl whose skirt is pink,
skirt is pink,
skirt is pink.

I see a girl whose skirt is pink,
Who are you?
(child responds)  I am Rachel.


The Wreath Dance
Start out holding hands, dancing in a circle.

Come along children
Join hands and make a ring
"Abigail" your turn
Braid a wreath as we sing. (Each child crosses her arms as she is named and continues holding hands and dancing in a circle. By the end of the song everyone's arms are crossed.)


Children wait with rapt attention to hear their own name and the names of their friends.  A greeting song is a great way to make friends with your students as you welcome them to class.

9 comments:

  1. Lovely :) FOund you via weteach. Look forward to checking out your other ideas. Debs (http://www.learnwithplay.blogspot.com.au/)

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    1. Hi Deb! Thanks for finding and reading my blog! Looking forward to sharing ideas with you.

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  2. It sounds so fun! My boys have a DVD of music songs and it starts with little ones sing "let's clap (jump, hug, wave, etc) hello to..." They go all around the room and my boys get so excited at telling all the kids hello and then having them sing to them. It's so fun to watch them. These sound great!

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    1. Kids love having their name sung! I can just picture your boys singing to the DVD. so cute!

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  3. This is wonderful and true, and many times children spend an entire day without anyone using their names unless something like this is done. It is a welcoming form of a greeting that children do not independently do. Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas. In first grade, I would use these for morning meeting! Thanks so much, Carolyn

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    1. Thanks for sharing Carolyn. It is sad but true that some children go a whole day without anyone using their name! Something so easy and yet so important. When we sing to each child their entire face lights up and they get so happy. I love that.

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  4. I love the Wreath song! I am always looking for more beginning of class games! What is the melody for this song?

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    1. It is an original tune so I will need to post the sheet music or a video. I will put a video on my to do list! That will be fun. Check back soon.

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