|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
This short, simple song formally welcomes each individual child to the class and puts the focus on them for a brief moment. It teaches children important social skills and helps everyone in class get to know each other and the class instructor. As it is always sung at the beginning of every class, t becomes a clear signal that the class has started and helps children feel secure and happy.
The Hello Song must begin every MAD Academy class, party or event
How it works
Children sit in a circle and the instructor goes around with Ralph singing each verse to each child, with the help of the rest of the group. There are actions to accompany the words.
What to do in the class
Sit down in a circle with the children in front of the adults, on their lap. Suggest the children locate Ralph and wake him up to join in. The movements we use can be done either with Ralph, who can help break barriers with a shy child, or be exaggerated by you. Go around the circle singing the song to each child. If you have a full class or a large party, this will take quite a long time so, as an alternative, sing it to them in 2’s or sing it to the girls, then the boys, to Ralph, then the mums/dads/grandmas, etc. – whomever is present. If you are doing it this way at a party, remember though to sing it specifically to the birthday child! Encourage the adults to join in and to help their child participate in the singing and movements. A rendition of the “Hello Song” sung to you by the children helps them to get to know you! If a child is shy or boisterous, vary the volume of your voice accordingly.
|Words||Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
|Hello [name], wave hello||Wave to each person||Wave to each person||Wave to each person||Wave to each person|
|Nod your head if you’re ready to go||Kick your legs||Nod head||Nod head||Nod head|
|Clap your hands and shout “Hooray!”||Clap hands and puts arms in high ‘V’||Clap hands and puts arms in high ‘V’||Clap hands and puts arms in high ‘V’||Clap hands and puts arms in high ‘V’|
|We’re gonna have such fun today||Smile at the child and welcome them||Smile at the child and welcome them||Smile at the child and welcome them||Smile at the child and welcome them|
Adaptations for babies
Please note that we use a different version which says kick your feet instead of nod your head for the babies “Hello” song.
Go round to each child with Ralph in front of you. If a child is particularly shy it’s really useful to use Ralph a lot to break barriers. Brief the parents that the Hello song will become familiar to the baby and will help them to understand that the class is now starting. It is best if babies are all held on laps so that they can see around the class at this point. Make sure that you always work at an appropriate distance from your parents and babies, too close is intimidating and can be an uncomfortable invasion of personal space for both parent and baby. Too far away and the baby will not be able to focus on you. A perfect distance in most cases is no closer than 1 metre.
Adults can encourage and help each child to do the actions, except moving their child’s head to nod (line 2 of the song) – the child should only make the movement themselves.
What to do in a nursery setting
If there are too many children in the group to make it practical to sing to each child individually, sing Hello Girls, then Boys, then Ralph then yourself.
• Starting classes on time is very important – let late-comers join the circle and include them at the end of this song.