Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

January 2011

We Like to Say Hello!

Listen to the whole song on Baloney!, or hear it here:

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let's start off with a simple "hello" song that introduces children to the word for hello in other languages. The tune is so simple, please add any other languages you know. I like to ask my students to ask their parents, grandparents, babysitters, etc. if they can contribute another hello by writing it on a piece of paper, followed by a pronunciation guide and the language. That's how I learned "hello" in Russian, Czech, Polish, Korean, and Hmong!

This is a zipper song – remember? Zip in a new language and "hello" each time you repeat the song. My 4 - 6 year olds often like to see the word printed, so I make a card for each language. Anytime you can connect printed letters with a meaning it's a good thing.


We like to say hello, in another way
We say Hola! That's the Spanish way!

Other ways to say hello:
Jambo / Swahili
Konichiwa / Japanese
Bonjour / French
Ni hao / Chinese

Props: I have brightly colored cards (scrapbook pages) with each "hello" printed boldly in black. Once they've learned each one, I let children pick what language we'll do next. Sometimes they ask by the language, sometimes by the word, and sometimes by the color on the card. It gives them ownership of the song, and puts a visual image of the word in front of the children. I don't expect them to "read" it – though some do. I see it as helping them understand that those letters can be decoded to make words – an early literacy concept.

Age Range: I start my older Toddler 2's with this song, and re-introduce it each year!

Purpose: The early literacy skills are great, but I think we teach tolerance through awareness. Not all children know there are other languages and are often surprised to find other children speak another language. Plus, if you have the children do the "research" I talked about above, they are sharing something from school at home, and bringing something from home to school.
     Playgroups: how many languages are spoken by your members?
     Families: how many languages are spoken by your relatives?
     Teachers: how many languages are spoken by your fellow teachers?
Everyone is a potential resource! Start asking! One class of 12 children found 11 new ways to say hello yes, that's a challenge. Email me with your results, please!

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