Opening Songs

I like to begin each storytime the same way. It sets the stage, gathers everyone’s attention,and provides a routine and structure for the  kids and adults to expect. I usually do two welcome songs, to give everyone the time to get settled. The first song, Hello Song, is the exact same tune and actions as the Goodbye Song I use so everyone knows it very well. Then I usually go into Clap & Sing Hello.

Hello Song
Hello, hello
To you and you and you!
Hello, hello
To you and you and you!
A big hello, a small hello (move arms wide and close)
A high hello, and a low hello (use high and low voice)
Hello, hello
To you and you and you!

Clap & Sing Hello
We clap and sing hello
We clap and sing hello
With our friends at storytime we clap and sing hello!
(Repeat verses with wave, stomp, bounce, etc.)

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