Welcome Back to School! | 5 School-Opening Songs

When we come back from summer vacation, we need to sing and play in class in order to have a smooth transition back into our school schedules. Whether it’s the first day after a holiday or the first day of the week, students are thirsty for something cheerful.

These 5 songs, along with their corresponding activities (click on each song title for those), will help all teachers find the right tune to get everyone ready for a new educational session or the entire academic year. Wishing all a great new start!

Hello Children

It often takes students some time to get used to their new school environment, and that feeling of familiarity can be achieved when someone says your name!

This simple tune will help you gather everyone up and say hello – by name.

Audio and Sheet Music

 

Hello, children, how are you?
Hello, children, how are you?
I am happy, how are you?”
Let’s sing hello to Mary.

Hello, Mary, how are you
Hello, Mary, how are you?
I’m just fine, and how are you?
Let’s sing hello to Billy.

Hello, Billy, how are you?
Hello, Billy, how are you?
I am happy, how are you?”
Let’s sing hello to Emma.

Hello, Emma, how are you
Hello, Emma, how are you?
I’m just fine, and how are you?
Hello, everybody!

Click here for Printable Lyrics

 

Back to School

This cheerful tune based on the melody of Finger Family is great for the creation of some joyful moments after holidays.

Body percussion can be involved, although the teacher can judge whether it’s a good time for hugging or not…

Audio and Sheet Music

Back to school
Back to school
Me and you
Smile and clap
Give a hug
Great to be with you!

Click here for Printable Lyrics

 

Sing Good Morning

You can tell a good day by its start, and wishing others is a popular habit with grown-ups, so why not kids too?

This song (sung just like London Bridge is Falling Down) can be used in the beginning of a music lesson or even in the end of a class, when some body percussion (clapping, snapping your fingers, stomping your feet) can help kids limber up a bit.

Audio and Sheet Music

 

Sing Good morning to a friend
To a friend, to a friend
Sing Good morning to a friend
Good morning, Luna!

Clap Good morning to a friend
To a friend, to a friend,
Clap Good morning to a friend
Good morning, Danny!

Snap Good morning to a friend
To a friend, to a friend
Snap Good morning to a friend
Good morning, Jimmy!

Stomp Good morning to a friend
To a friend, to a friend,
Stomp Good morning to a friend
Good morning, Ava!

Click here for Printable Lyrics

 

Hey, Ho, Say Hello

Rounds can be real fun in music class, and they can teach students collaboration and coordination.

This tune, which is based on the song “Hey, Ho, Nobody Home”, is another song using body percussion in class. It is also a real hit – kids absolutely love it!

Audio and Sheet Music

 

Hey, ho, say hello
Move your body with me
High and low
Clap and snap and stomp
And all together (repeat ALL)

Click here for Printable Lyrics

 

Good Morning, Oh, What a Sunny Morning

A very simple, optimistic tune that works great in preschoolers and early elementary classes alike.

Kids often like the promise of its lyrics that “we’ll work and play and laugh all day“. It’s up to us to make that come true.

Audio and Sheet Music

Good morning, good morning
Oh, what a sunny morning
We’ll work and play and laugh all day
This sunny, sunny morning!

Click here for Printable Lyrics

 

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