Hello and Goodbye Songs

The Search

Opening and closing a storytime session can be tricky. There are a lot of different thoughts out there. Do you use the same opening/closing for all age groups so that as they transition they have something familiar? Do you target different age groups so that the opening and closing are specifically for their developmental level? I know many libraries change up their opening/closing song each storytime session while others keep the same session after session.

There are pros and cons to each approach. You’ll have to prioritize what you would like to get out of an opening/closing song or activity, and go from there.

Opening Songs/Activities

Good Morning
Words by unknown
To the tune of Happy Birthday
Actions: clap for each baby/young toddler after verse

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
Good morning to insert child’s first name
Good morning to you.

The Beginning
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel and Bridget Kenney

I’m  Both Hands Touch Chest
As strong as the mountain     Make fist; arms out, bent up at elbow
As clever as the blowing wind    Hands and arms “whoosh” side to side
As bright as the sun blazing above    Arms make hoop above head
As gentle as the moonlight shining down    Hands touch shoulders, lower arms, palm up
I’m     Both Hands Touch Chest
As important as the water      One hand/arm rises and falls like wave
And one of many storytime friends     Hands touch chest then extend out to side

I     Both Hands Touch Chest
Greet the mountain     Make fist; arms out, bent up at elbow
And the blowing wind     Hands and arms “whoosh” side to side
I     Both Hands Touch Chest
Welcome the blazing sun      Arms make hoop above head
And the soft moonlight       Hands touch shoulders, lower arms, palm up
I’m     Both Hands Touch Chest
Thankful for the water       One hand/arm rises and falls like wave
And for all of my friends      Hands touch chest then extend out to sides

Welcome All
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel and Brett Emanuel

Welcome, welcome, one and all!
We are gonna have a ball!
We’ve got stories to tell and games to play,     Hands together, then open like opening book ; Bend elbows, shake body and move arms up and down
so open your eyes and look this way!     Cup hands over eyes like binocular
Turn on your listening ears way up high,     ‘Turn’ up volume dial in front of each ear?
Set your imaginations to fly.      Touch top of head and shoot arms up
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Are you ready to have some fun?

Hello Storytime
Words by CK Emanuel
To the tune of B-I-N-G-O; “Sing, talk, read, write, play” are the tools from ECRR
Actions: clap to beat

There was some friends who met one day and this is what they said,
‘Hel-lo, how are you?
‘Hel-lo, how are you?
‘Hel-lo, how are you?’
‘I’m fine, thanks for asking’

All those friends came to storytime and this is what they did,
Sing, talk, read, write, play
Sing, talk, read, write, play
Sing, talk, read, write, play
Now the fun begins.”

Shake My Sillies Out
Words and Actions by Raffi

Available on many of his albums as will as in his book with the same title.

Good Morning to You
Posted by Beth H on A to Z Kids Stuff

Good Morning to you,
Good Morning to you,
We’re all in our places
with bright smiling faces,
And this is the way
We start our new day.

Source: “Circle Time Welcome Songs.” A to Z Kids Stuff | Fun Educational Themes for Toddler, Preschool, and School-Age Children. Deborah Young, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

Good Morning
Credited to WeeSing in movie “Grandpa’s Magical Toys”

Good morning, good morning, and how do you do?
Good morning, good morning, I’m fine how are you?

Substitute evening* for morning* when suitable

Source: “Wee Sing Grandpa’s Magical Toys.” Wee Sing: Learning Through Music. Wee SIng, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

Closing Songs/Activities

Goodbye Storytime
Words by CK Emanuel
To the tune of Goodnight Ladies;
Actions: clap to beat or waving

We had some fun.
I’m glad you came;
but now I’ll say goodbye,
Goodbye children
Goodbye children
Goodbye children
Goodbye and see you next time!

See You Later
Words and Actions: traditional

See you later      Left hand horizontal in front of body. Right hand up with palm out, elbow on top of left hand. Move right arm in downwards arc wave.
alligator!      Hands, palms together, horizontally in front of you. Open and close like “jaws”
After ‘while       Right hand horizontal in front of body. Left hand up with palm out, elbow on top of right hand. Move left arm in downwards arc wave.
crocodile!      Hands, palms together, horizontally in front of you. Open and close like “jaws”

Skinnamarink
Words and Actions by Sharon, Lois, and Bram

Actions easily found on youtube if desired as this song closed out their old tv show, The Elephant Show.
Song located on many of their cds, including Great Big Hits!

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