Monday, August 20, 2018

Opening, Closing, and Calming Songs

The More We Get Together
I use this traditional song to open small storytimes - it's the best way I've found to learn children's names

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together the happier we'll be
Because your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends
The more we get together the happier we'll be

The more we read together, together, together
The more we read together the happier we'll be
We have (insert names here)
The more we read together the happier we'll be.

Sometimes I cut the first verse. We clap while we sing the song. This doesn't work with more than about 15 kids (and be prepared to mangle everyone's muttered/whispered names)

We're All Here

Here, here, we're all here
Here, here, we're all here
Here, here, we're all here
We're all here to explore
Hello, [name] how are you?
Hello, [name] how are you?
Hello, [name] how are you?
We're so glad to see you.

Adapted from Storytime Katie, to the tune of Skip to my Lou. This is another name song that only works with a small (less than 20) group.

Storytime Song
I made this up on the spur of the moment (or I heard it somewhere and it came back to haunt me). I use it primarily in programs with different sections, when I need to call people back to the rug for storytimes.

Storytime, storytime
Let's all come to storytime
Time for stories, time for snacks
Let's all come to storytime.

I sing it loudly, clapping out the rhythm, to the tune of "This Old Man."

Wiggle Fingers by Laurie R. Danahy
Wiggle fingers.
Wiggle so.
Wiggle high.
Wiggle low.
Wiggle left.
Wiggle right.
Wiggle fingers out of sight.

I got this from Story Time Secrets. I sometimes use it for opening, but mostly for calming.

Pom na tu ri

Lily, lily golden bell (start crouching 
Pluck it put it in your pail (pull up flower)
Bunch of chickies hop hop hop (hop)
[Season] outing off we go (wave)

Adapted from Pom na tu ri by Elizabeth Mitchell  on You are my little bird

Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell

This is my go-to song for closing storytimes, outreach visits, etc. I put together actions (and changed a few words) to make it a perfect calming-down song.

Start by crouching down and holding out your hands - this is always good for developing balance!

The sun comes up (Stand up slowly)
The flowers bloom (Hold out fists and slowly open them)
The rain comes down (Flutter your fingers like rain and slowly bend or crouch all the way down)
The flowers grow (Stand up again and raise your hands in the air)
People dancing everywhere (Turn in a circle)
The sun goes down again (Sink back down to sit)


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