Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sing a Song

One of the many things I love about teaching kinders is that they love everything you do. I love singing with my students because they don't know that I can't sing! Most of the time we sing with CDs but I have a little collection of piggyback songs that I've collected here and there. These are little songs that are great for transitions and giving directions. One that I start off at the beginning of the year is to help them remember to write their name on their paper. I think I got this song from kindergarten chatboard. It's sung to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it". And I'm sorry my song doesn't have a cute little clipart border. I don't know how to do that. Something I will be working on this summer. (Which seems to be quickly shrinking!)

Oh the first thing that you do is write your name (clap clap)
Oh the first thing that you do is write your name (clap clap)
Oh the first thing that you do, oh the first thing that you do
Oh the first thing that you do is write your name (clap clap)

It drives me nuts after the first few weeks, but it REALLy cuts down on those "no name" papers.

What are your favorite songs to sing? Miss Kindergarten is having a linky party about our favorite songs we use in the classroom. Head on over here and link up.


  1. Super cute!!! I found you through the linky party and I'm stealing that song. Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  2. I love your song! I'm so glad I found you.

  3. I am going to use this song for sure! This will be my first year teaching kindger, and I am in need of some songs!

  4. I love your song. Thanks for visiting my blog and following me!

    Ms. Patterson
    Pocket Full of Kinders

  5. If you want to mix it up, I've been using this call and response:

    T: "First thing's first, it's always the same..."
    C: "Don't forget to write your name!"

    and if you want to get fancy, you can add...

    T: "Second thing's second, wait, wait, wait..."
    C: "Don't forget to write the date!"

    I can't remember where I got the first part from (I think I picked it up in my undergrad courses somewhere?) but I made the second part myself. :)