During our early morning greeting time (8:35 - 9:00) we sing, learn and have fun with the following songs rotating them each day.
While an adult may consider constant repetition boring, because it requires reliving the same experience over and over again, children bear an entirely different view. Not only do preschoolers enjoy repetition, it also drives them to accomplish a certain level of mastery with new concepts. Repetition supports brain development. During the formative years, a child's brain is especially active and wired to receive large amounts of NEW stimulation. The information travels down neural pathways to the brain. Every time information is repeated, the pathways thicken. The brain recognizes and keeps the thicker neural pathways containing repeated information. It is automatically conditioned to prune off the thinner pathways containing information that has not been repeated. The more often information is repeated, the more likely it is to be retained.
We begin each morning with the following routine songs:
Good Morning My Friends
Good morning my friends how are you? Good morning my friends how are you? It's time to start our day. We will learn and work and play. Good morning my friends how are you?
Children recite the Kindness Pledge
I pledge to myself on this day, to try to be kind in every way. To every person big and small. I will help them if they fall. When I love myself and others too. That is the best that I can do.
Practice Kindness Song - sung to the tune "She'll be coming around the mountain."
Let's all practice acts of kindness every day. Let's all practice acts of kindness every day. I am sure that you will find, you'll feel good when you are kind. Let's all practice acts of kindness every day.
Classroom expectations - children eco each morning when starting our day as a reminder.
l. I will use kind and respectful words.
2. I will listen when others are talking.
3. I will follow directions the first time.
4. I will use my hands for helping, not hurting.
5. I will use soft voices inside and loud voices outside.
6. I will keep teeth, hands, feet and objects to myself.
7. I will use walking feet to stay safe at school.
8. I will learn and have fun today.
Below are a list of songs the children learn during the school year.
THE BIG ROUND CLOCK - sung to the tune The Wheels On The Bus
The big round clock goes tick, tick, tock. The big round clock goes tick, tick, tock to tell us the time.
The hands on the clock goes round and round. Round and round, round and round.
The hands on the clock goes round and round. To tell us the time.
PICK UP LITTER - sung to the tune "If You're Happy And You Know It."
If you see a piece of litter pick it up.
If you see a piece of litter pick it up.
You will make the world look better if you pick up all the litter.
If you see a piece of litter pick it up.
BUCKLE UP sung to twinkle, twinkle
When I get into the car. I buckle up for near or far. It hold me in my seat so tight. I feel so safe, I know it's right. I use my seatbelt every day. So I'll be safe in every way.
I KNOW A NUMBER
I know a number that is really hot. It's only for people in a hot, hot spot. This very special number is never for fun. This very special number is 911.
EARTHQUAKE SONG sung to Three Blind Mice
The Earth's plates move. The Earth's plates move. See how they move. See how they move. They move from each other and make the Earth shutter. See how they move. See how they move. Continue with the tune "Skp To My Lou." Drop, drop, cover and hold, Drop, drop, cover and hold. Drop, drop cover and hold. Wait 'til the ground stops shaking.
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold. A circle's round, it has not end. That is how long I will be your friend. Friends, friends, 1,2,3,. All my friends are here with me.
BEFORE YOU CROSS THE STREET
Stop, look and listen. Before you cross the street. Use your eyes, use your ears and then you use your feet.
I'M ON FIRE sung to the tune "Oh, My Darling Clementine."
I'm on fire, I'm on fire! But I know just what to do. I will STOP all my running. DROP AND ROLL'S the thing to do.
KEEPING OUR SPACES CLEAN sung to the tune "Old McDonald's."
We are happy to be clean. To make our space real neat. We will work with pride and joy. Until our job's complete. We will pick up here and pick up there, here we clean, there we clean, everywhere we keep clean. We are happy to be clean. To make our space real neat!
WHAT TIME IS IT? sung to the tune "Muffin Man."
Do you know what time it is, what time it is, what time it is?
Do you know what time it is?
Let's look and see.
It's [ ] and all is well, all is well, all is well. It's [ ] and all is well. All is well today.
COLORS FOR SAFETY sung to the tune "Twinkle, twinkle."
Red means stop and green means to. Yellow's caution, we all know. Stoplights tell cars what to do. We'll pretend that we are cars too. Red means stop and green means go. Yellow's caution, we all know.
WHEN OUR CLOTHES CATCH FIRE sung to tune Twinkle, Twinkle.
What do you do when your clothes catches fire? Three simple steps to put out the fire. Stop where you are. Don't run, don't run. Drop to the ground, and roll all around. What do you do when your clothes catches fire? Three simple steps to put out the fire. STOP, DROP, AND ROLL.
FOUR SEASONS to the tune Twinkle, Twinkle
Flowers, swimming, pumpkin, snow. Make the seasons we all know. Every year is the same. And we give them each a name. Summer, fall, winter and spring. Count the seasons as we sing.
I LIKE TO GO TO SCHOOL sung to the tune "The Farmer In The Dell."
I like to go to school. I like to go to school. Heigh-ho-the-derry-oh, I like to go to school.
I like to look at books, I like to look at books, Heigh-ho-the-derry-oh, I like to look at books.
I like to draw and paint. I like to draw and paint. Heigh-ho-the-derry-oh. I like to play with friends.
MY FIVE SENSES
I have two ears to hear with. I have two eyes to see. I have two hands to touch things. They're all a part of me.
I have a mouth to taste with. I use it also when I speak. And a nose I use to smell things. All my parts make me unique.
These are my five senses. I use them every day. They help me learn about my world and even help me play!
We all have five senses we use each day. Each of us uses them in our own special way. Our hands, eyes, ears, mouth and nose, these are all the sense organs everyone knows.
My sense of sight I use each day, looking at the world when I'm at play. Seeing all the beauty is lots of fun, for me, the sense of sight is number one.
My sense of hearing is number two, I can hear the stomping of every shoe. Listening to the music on my radio, hearing all the chatter wherever I go.
My sense of taste makes eating a treat, tasting the difference between bitter and sweet. using my mouth to taste each bite, my sense of taste makes everything right.
I use my hands for my sense of touch. I can feel the difference in textue so much, from the roughness of gritty sandpaper, to the softness of a duck's downy feather.
My nose I use for my sense of smell, it can sniff out odors very well. I like the smell of flowers sweet, but I hold my nose at dirty feet.
LEARNING LEFT AND RIGHT
Wave, wave, wave your left hand. Now wave with your right.
First the left and then the right. Then put them out of sight.
This is my right hand, I'll raise it high. Now this is my left hand, I'll reach to the sky.
This is my right foot, I'll tap it on the ground. Then I'll kick my left foot, and turn myself around.
LEARNING GOOD MANNERS AND SIGN LANGUAGE
When my mother gives me something, I say thank you. When my father gives me something, I say thank you.
I can see it makes them happy when I say it so politely. Yes, good manners means to always say thank you.
If I break something of yours, I say I'm sorry. If I knock over your block tower, I say I'm sorry.
I can see it makes you happy when I say it so politely. Yes, good manners means to always say I'm sorry.
If I bump into someone, I say excuse me. If I need to interrupt, I say excuse me.
I can see it makes them happy when I say it so politely. Yes, good manners means to always say excuse me.
MANNERS ARE THE WAY to the tune "Farmer In The Dell."
Manners are the way to brighten up our day. Please and thank you is what we say to brighten up our day.
REMEMBERING TO BE KIND AND NICE
Be nice to friends we play with, be kind to friends at school. Treat one another with respect, is really a very good rule. If we are kind to others, when we work and when we play. Our friends will treat us nice and kind, we'll have a very good day.
HOW TO BRUSH MY TEETH
I brush my teeth, I brush my teeth, morning, noon and night.
Brush them, floss them, rinse them clean to keep them nice and white.
I brush them once, I brush them twice, I brush them till they shine.
I always brush them up and down those precious teeth of mine.
MY FEELINGS AND HOW THEY CAN CHANGE
Sometimes I feel happy. Sometimes I feel sad. Sometimes I feel silly. Somtimes I feel mad.
Whatever I am feeling, it's really quite O.K. For what I feel, I feel it's different everyday.
Sometimes I feel grumpy. Sometimes I'm sick inside.
Sometimes I'll feel embarrassed. Sometimes I'm filled with pride. Whatever I am feeling, it's really quite O.K.
For what I feel, I feel it's different everyday.
MY FEELINGS to the tune "Twinkle, Twinkle
Sometimes on my face you'll see how I feel inside of me.
My smile means happy, frown means sad and when I grit my teeth I'm mad.
When I'm proud, I beam and glow but when I'm shy my head hangs low.
WE ARE THANKFUL
We're thankful for the food we eat, we're thankful for the friends we meet, we're thankful for the golden sun, the trees, the birds and every one.
LEARNING ABOUT OPPOSITES
To the tune of "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
This is big and this is small, this is big, this is small.
This is big and this is small. Sing along with me.
Other verses to add...
This is tall and this is short. This is up and this is down. This is in and this is out.
This is happy and this is sad. This is soft and this is hard. This is fast and this is slow.
WEATHER TONGUE TWISTER
Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not.
Whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot.
We'll weather the weather, whether we like it or not.
GOOD MANNERS to the tune "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean."
Good manners is thinking of others. Good manners is doing what's right. Good manners is thinking of others.
Good manners always feels right. Helping, caring. Sharing with you today, today. Kindness, honesty. Sharing with you today.
MANNERS, MANNERS we will see, how important they can be. "Please" and "Thank you" we will say, when we work and when we play. "Exucse me, please" and "Pardon me." See how polite we can be.
BEATHING IN AND OUT sung to the tune "Old MacDonald."
Breathing in and breathing slow. The air moves out of me. I can feel my body breathe. The air that I can't see.
With my finger on my nose. In, out. With my finger on my lips. In, out. With my finger on my chin. In, out. With my finger on my heart. In, out. Breathing in and breathing slow. The air moves out of me.
LOOK AT ME
Look at me! Look at me! I'm as happy as can be. Every day my body will grow. Every day more things I know.
Look at me! Look at me! That's why I'm happy as can be.
HERE IS MY BODY
(We point to body parts when mentioned.)
Here is my finger, here are my toes. Here is my shoulder, and here is my nose. Here is my ankle, here is my wrist, here is my elbow, and here is my fist. Here is my knuckle, here are my hips, here is my eyebrow, and here are my lips.
OUCH WHEN WE HURT OURSELVES
Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! I fell and skinned my knee. Oh, me!
Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! I bumped my elbow bad. So sad!
Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! I hit my head; it made me cry. Oh, me. Oh, my.
Head, elbow, knee. Poor little me.
I'll try to get better, one, two, three.
Staying fit is the thing to do. Jogging, stretching, aerobics too. Pick up your knees and lift them high, squat real low and work those thighs. Getting fit is so much fun. Come on and let's exericse, everyone!
Rules can be helpful, rules can be good. They help us behave, the way we should. If we can follow the rules, and keep from doing wrong, the world will be a happier place when we all get along.
I CAN BE A HELPER
I can be a helper, by looking all around, and picking up any trash, I find on the ground.
I can pick up paper and plastic things, too. I can be a helper, and so can you!
I'll put the things in baskets, or a recycling bin. We need to help keep our world clean, NOW is the time to begin.
RECYCLING to the tune ABC
Recycling is the right things to do. Save glass and cans, newspapers, too.
Save plastic containers, don't throe them away. Let's keep our world clean. Recycling is the way.
CROSSING THE STREET
One, two, three. I'm as careful as can be. The cars are so big, and I am little me. So, before I take a step, I look both left and right, then I cross the street, when there are no cars insight.
ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE
Girls and boys alike can be, anything they want, you see. The sky's the limit in this place, there is no color, sex or race. Girls race cars and drive big rigs, boys are nurses and tend the sick. No one's dream is out of sight, so spread your wings and take flight.
Seasons come and seasons go. In the fall, I hear a crow. Cornfields dry and pumpkin pie, carving out my pumpkin's eyes.
Seasons come and seasons go. In the winter we have snow. Building snowmen, snowballs, too. Skating, skiing, big snow shoes.
Seasons come and seasons go. In the spring, new flowers grow. Daffodils and tulips, too. Baseball games to see and do.
Seasons come and seasons go. In the summer, lawns to mow. Tenting, swimming, on the run. Lots of fun time in the sun.
FLAG OF AMERICA
Flag of America we pledge to honor you. Fifty stars for the fifty states, all on a field of blue.
Thirteen stripes for the thirteen colonies, seven red stripes and six white.
Flag of America, when we see you wave, you are such a beautiful sight!
We do Riddles and Silly Jokes!!!! The children love them.
What has a mouth but cannot talk? A river
What has teeth but canno eat? A comb
What has ears but cannot hear? Corn
What has a face but cannt see? A clock
What do you get when you cross a caterpillar with a parrot? A walkie-talkie.
How does a dog stop a video? He presses the paws button.
What do frogs wear on their feet in the summer? Open toad shoes.
What has eyes but can't see? A potato
What did the egg say to the clown? You cracked me up.
Where did the sheep go to get his wool cut? The baabaa shop
When is a cook bad? When he beats an egg.
What kind of dog has no tail? A hot dog
Where is a beaver's favorite place? Hollywood
What did the flea say to the other flea? Shall we walk or take a dog.
What do you call a volcano that doesn't erupt? A mountain
Where does rain come from? Rein-deer