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.

August 2011

Hello Everybody!

Listen to the whole song on Sticky Bubble Gum, or hear it here:

For many, August is Back-to-School time – or it will be soon. "Hello Everybody" has served as my greeting song for 20 years! It's easy, versatile, cheerful, and it invites everyone to sing along and do hand motions. Though I've never been able to find an author, if anyone knows who wrote this wonderful song, please let me know!

Because it's a "zipper song" (make new verses by just zipping in new things kids like – pizza, bouncing balls, whatever), children learn "Hello Everybody" quickly. They will take ownership of the song by suggesting their own ideas about what to add to a new verse – you get 3 things each time you sing it. OR you can put in the things you are currently learning about – dinosaurs, bugs, whales – it's never-ending!

If you only add one new song to your repertoire this year – this could be it! It's SO easy – you really don't need the recording - just sing!

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Hello everybody, how do you do?
How do you do? How do you do?
Hello everybody, how do you do?
I love you, to-day!

Verse:
If you like the color red, pat your head! (pause while children do the motion)
If you like the color blue, pat your shoe! (pause, encouraging children to find their shoe)
If you like the color green, pat your knees! (demonstrate where the knees are!)
I love you, to-day!

Other things you might add to verses:
If you like choo choo trains, blow your whistle! Toot Toot!
If you like ice cream, say yum! (rub your tummy!)
If you like dinosaurs, let me hear you roar! ROAR!!!!

Movements:

During the first chorus, we wave hello to each other encouraging eye contact and a smile! During the second chorus, we clap on the beat (the bold syllables):

Hel-lo every-bod-y, how do you do?
How do you do? How do you do?

During the verses follow the instruction in the song!

Age Range: Children of all ages and the grown-ups who care for them love this song!

Purpose: Start with a song and a smile this song gives you both! Children are not as accustomed to singing in a group as they used to be their parents may be uncomfortable singing in public, or they may not have the opportunity to sing with others outside of "school". Making music encourages seratonin production a naturally occurring chemical that promotes a feeling of "well-being". Who wouldn't want THAT?!?

"Hello Everybody" also encourages listening and following directions, body part identification, color i.d. or whatever YOU add to the song... and please DO add your own verses!


Cantigny Garden, 2010

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