It starts with ‘Hello’

‘Hello, hello hello. It’s music time today!
Hello, hello, hello, who is here today?’

When children first arrive in your room, do you sing hello? Singing a hello song is a great way to start any music session. Not only is it a great way to warm up your vocal chords but it also builds a sense of community and belonging amongst children. Creating a space children feel they ‘belong’ to is essential in an Early Education and Care setting, as the Early Years Learning Framework states

Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence.

The Early Years Learning Framework

The play therapy technique of acknowledging children where they are at (emotionally or otherwise) allows them to feel seen and understood. Singing hello adds the layer of communal music-making, giving children the opportunity to be a part of a team, working together to achieve a common goal.

So, let’s start the day on the right foot and sing hello!

What hello song do you use?

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