Wednesday, July 25, 2012


What’s your name?
                                       Puddin and tane.
Ask me again
And I’ll tell you the same.
Names are important to children, so here are some name chants that will help 
your students get to know each other as you create your classroom community.

Shakey Shakey  (Clap or snap to the beat as you chant.)
            Child’s name, child’s name, sick in bed.
Called the doctor and the doctor said.
Come on, child’s name, you’re not sick.
All you need is an exercise trick.
So stand up and shakey, shakey shakey. 
(Child stands and makes silly motions.)
Get down and shakey, shakey, shakey,
Turn around and shakey, shakey, shakey,        
Sit down and shakey, shakey, shakey.         (Child sits down.)
…Continue around the room chanting to each child.     
Where, Oh, Where?  Here’s a song to the tune of  “Way Down Yonder in the Paw Paw Patch.”
         Where, oh, where is our friend, child’s name.
         Where, oh, where is our friend, child’s name.     
         Where, oh, where is our friend, child’s name.
         There he/she is wearing color child has on today.
         …Continue singing each child’s name and the color they are wearing.

How Are You Feeling Today?  This song is similar to “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”  First, teach children sign language for different feelings, such as happy, sad, sleepy, angry, and scared.  (Visit to see a video clip of these signs.) 
         How are you feeling today? 
         How are you feeling today?
         Show us the sign,
         And it will be just fine.
         How are you feeling today?
Children make the sign and have the opportunity to discuss their feelings.

Hickety Pickety Bumblebee – This chant is great for phonological awareness.  Slap your thighs and clap hands to get a beat going.
         Hickety pickety bumblebee,
         Who can say their name for me?
         First child’s name.
         Clap it.  (Clap out the syllables in the child’s name.)
         Whisper it.  (Whisper the syllables.)
         No sound.  (Mouth the syllables.)
         Hickety pickety bumblebee,
         Who can say their name for me?
         Second child’s name…etc.

Willabee Wallabee - Here’s a good chant for rhyming.  Substitute the first sound in each child’s name with a /w/.
          Willabee wallabee Wohn.
          An elephant sat on John.
          Willabee wallabee Wue.
          An elephant sat on Sue.
Hello, How Are You?  Wave to friends as you sing this name song to the tune of “Skip to My Lou”:
          Hello, child’s name, how are you?         (Wave.)
          Hello, child’s name, how are you?
          Hello, child’s name, how are you?
          We’re so glad to see you!

          Turn to your neighbor and shake their hand…  (Shake hands.)
          Turn to your neighbor and give high five…(Give high five.)