Circle Time Songs

Circle time or morning meeting is common in a lot of different classrooms. To make it more interesting, you can sing these piggyback songs with the kids. I learned them in a SEDOM Autism classroom, where they were posted with Boardmaker symbols on the walls, but Boardmaker is a luxury I can’t afford.

Greeting Song (sing for each student)
(to the tune of Frere Jacque)
Hello (student), hello (student)!
How are you? How are you?
We’re so glad to see you!
We’re so glad to see you!
Here at school! Here at school!

Days of the Week
(to the tune of The Addams Family)

Days of the week (clap, clap)
Days of the week (clap, clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week.

There’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday.
There’s Thursday and there’s Friday.
And then there’s Saturday.

Days of the week (clap, clap)
Days of the week (clap, clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week.

Weather Song
(to the tune of Clementine)

What’s the weather, what’s the weather,
What’s the weather everyone?
Is it rainy, is it cloudy?
Is there snow or is there sun?

Season Song
(to the tune of This Old Man)

Winter, spring, summer, fall.
There are seasons four in all.
Weather changes.
Sun, and rain, and snow.
Leaves fall down and flowers grow.


Jump Jump (sung for each student at the end of the day)
(to the tune of B-I-N-G-O)
There were some friends at school today,
And one of them was (student)
Jump! Jump, (student)!
Jump! Jump, (student)!
Jump! Jump, (student)!
We’re glad you came today!
Update: Dr. Jean seems to be the source of many of these songs, so I want to give her credit. She’s a wonderful resource for early childhood teachers.
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Bullfrog

This is a game I learned years ago at Girl Scout camp (I was not cool enough for band camp). I dug it out last spring to entertain some middle-school girls, who thought it was hilarious.

Players stand in a circle with their hands held palms up on either side of them. Depending on which way you want to clap, one hand should be over the hand of the player next to you and one hand should be underneath. So everybody is right-hand over and left-hand under, or the reverse. As you chant the song, players clap their top hand onto the top hand of the person next to them, to the beat.

Down by the banks of the hanky panky,
There’s a bullfrog yelling hanky panky,
You go fee fi fo fum,
Move to the rhythm of the bullfrog.

The clap moves around the circle and the player who’s hand is clapped on the word “frog” is out. Play continues with the clap started by the next player.

When there are only two players remaining, players use both hands, clapping down on their opponent, and then turning their hands over to be clapped in turn.

It is usually acceptable for the person who is about to be clapped on “frog” to pull their hand out of the way so it cannot be slapped. 

I think there are different versions of the chant. If you remember one, post it!

Where Did All These Munchkins Come From?

My college education(s) did not exactly prepare me for the work I found this fall. My early childhood classes were before I started on the second bachelor’s degree, so I don’t have a lot of those resources still lying around. As for the recreation leader thing? Uh, a few of the things we did in my class on teaching adaptive physical education might apply.

I’m a good teacher, though. I love kids of all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. I love challenges and the opportunities they present for growth. So when faced with two positions that had not really been in my employment plan, I refused to panic.

I picked up child development books at used bookstores. I got Dr. Jean’s Preschool Teacher Survival Guide. I dug a dusty old box of children’s books out of the back of the basement. I rummaged through the doors of my memory for the games we played at Girl Scout Camp. I found tag games on the internet, and started buying strange odds and ends at the grocery store, the craft store, and the drug store.

The first few weeks have gone pretty well, actually. All the people I work with have lots of experience with the kids and have been really helpful. And I’ve found some things the kids really enjoy.

What kids really enjoy, by the way, is dodgeball. They will play dodgeball until the whole group is black and blue and in tears, if you let them. This is the last time this blog will mention dodgeball.