Friday, June 7, 2019


At the beginning of the school year it’s particularly important to sing name songs so children can get to know their new classmates.

Little Red Box
Cover a small box with red paper. Write children’s names on sentence strips and glue their picture by their name. Pull one name at a time out of the red box and sing this song to the tune of “Polly Wolly Doodle.”

I wish I had a little red box
To put my child’s name in.
I’d take him/her out and go kiss, kiss, kiss, (smack in the air)
And put him/her back again.

…Continue singing each child’s name.

Cut 3” circles (cookies) out of poster board. Write each child’s
name on the “cookie.” Place the cookies in an empty cookie box or bag. Chose one name at a time and use it in the chant below:


Who ate the cookie in the cookie jar?
Child’s name ate the cookie in the cookie jar.
Who me? (First child responds.)
Yes you. (Class chants.)
Couldn’t be? (First child.)
Then who? (Class chants.)
Second child’s name ate the cookie…

Important Person
(Choose one child each day to be the “special” friend and sing this song to the tune of “Did You Ever See a Lassie.”)

Child’s name is important, important, important.
Child’s name is important to you and to me.
At work and at play,
She/he does her/his best each day.
Child’s name is important to you and to me.

*As a follow up, have the class stand in a circle. Each child makes a positive comment to the special person. The special persons must look each friend in the eye and respond, “Thank you!”