Friday, 15 May 2015

Morning Circle Songs

Morning circle is the perfect time to teach greetings and to get to know each other. The kids talk about how they feel, what they like (food, colours, toys, seasons, weather), about their families and friends, about what they had done the day before, etc.

These things are very important for a teacher to know, because then she/he can include these ideas into daily activities, such as art and crafts, physical education, music, math, and reading. For example, if a kid likes the colour green and cars, he will be more enthusiastic about an activity that involves these two – you can make a parking lot with numbered lots and cars; then the kids have to park their favourite cars on the space that has the same number. This way, the kids practise number recognition with their favourite toys.

We start morning circle by singing "Hello, Hello" and saying who is at kindergarten. We have a lot of songs for saying “Hello” and our names, but here are our favourites (unfortunately, I don't know the authors, because I myself have learned them from other teachers):

Here We Have Many Friends (tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Here we have many friends
And … (name) is one of them
He/She can hop and he/she can bow
He/She can turn around right now
He/She can show us marching feet
Now … (name) please take a seat.

Good morning to you!
Good morning to you (clap your hands), good morning to you (clap your hands),
Good morning, good morning, good morning to you (clap your hands)
Good morning … (name) (clap your hands), good morning … (name) (clap your hands),
Good morning, good morning, good morning to you! (clap your hands)

Hello, hello!
Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello and how are you?
Hello, hello, hello, hello to you, and you, and you
(then hum it, then whisper it)
Teacher: Good morning … (name) how are you today?
Child: Fine, thank you!
Teacher: Can you tell me who’s sitting next to you?
Child: … (name of the kid next to him/her)

Good Morning Mr. Rooster – from Super Simple Learning
Hello! – from Super Simple Learning
Hello, Hello! – from Super Simple Learning

I hope you enjoy these songs! Be sure to check out all the songs from Super Simple Learning: they are great for teaching English.

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