The best preschool graduation songs are easy to learn, fun to sing and involve movement! If you follow these guidelines, your students will be ready and willing to sing them on graduation day.
Songs that are easy to learn ~
Preschoolers like repetition and rhyme, and both of these methods help them quickly learn new songs. Don’t wait until the last week to introduce new songs! The ceremony itself will be a new experience, and some children will be a bit nervous. If you work on new songs for at least three weeks, your students will have no problem on graduation day.
However, when planning your program, begin with at least one familiar song they’ve sung often throughout the year. Once they’ve done that one – to a big round of applause – their confidence will be bolstered and they’ll be relaxed and ready to sing newer ones.
Here’s a graduation song sung to the tune of “This is the way we brush our teeth…” Children may hold up letters of the alphabet for verse one, numbers for verse two and colors for verse three:
Verse 1 – We have learned our ABC’s, ABC’s, ABC’s; we have learned our ABC’s, so we can graduate! Verse 2 – We have learned to count to 10, count to 10, count to 10; we have learned to count to 10, so we can graduate! Verse 3 – We have learned our colors, too, colors, too; we have learned our colors, too, so we can graduate!
“Days of the Week” – This one is sung to the tune of the “Addams Family” theme song. It’s got a snappy beat and teaches the proper order and name for each weekday:
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday, there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday, there’s Thursday and there’s Friday, and then there’s Saturday. Days of the week (clap, clap), days of the week, (clap, clap) Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week! (clap, clap)
Songs that are fun to sing ~
Kids love to have fun when they celebrate! You can choose songs that are fun to sing AND show what your class has learned. Students may have used the following sing-song verses throughout the school year, and that’s okay. Just brush up on them before the program:
” Five Little Monkeys” is not only great fun, it also demonstrates the skill of counting backwards. The song “This Old Man” is about counting forwards and pointing to parts of the body at the same time.
“The Itsy Bitsy Spider” allows children to demonstrate their fine motor skills. These small-muscle movements are the same ones that help them hold a pencil or crayon and manipulate small objects … all of which are vital to a child’s educational development.
Songs that involve movement ~
Children love to move to music, and movement helps calm their jitters on stage. For action songs, consider the following well-loved tunes. YOU may be tired of them, but your preschoolers don’t mind repetition!
“The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” – If you need a copy of the words and motions, click here. This version includes nine stanzas (!) but you can pick and choose just your favorites.
“There’s a Spider on My Nose” – This one is great fun! Make spiders for each student from black yarn: Cut four pieces of yarn that measure 4 inches each. Next, line them up fold them together in half, then tie them near the top with a fifth piece of yarn. This gives the spider eight legs to dangle, creep or crawl! Sing the following words to the tune “If you’re happy and you know it…”
There’s a spider on my nose, on my nose! There’s a spider on my nose, on my nose! There’s a spider on my nose, Better watch him – there he goes! There’s a spider on my nose, on my nose! (Change up words to other parts of the body, such as “There’s a spider on my ear, on my ear…”
For your closing song, consider a condensed version of “So Long, Farewell,” from the Sound of Music. It gives the children a chance to wave at the audience, show off a new word *and* close out their program with style. (To hear the pronunciation of the French word “adieu,” which means “farewell,” click here. Here are the words:
So long, farewell, we’re here to say adieu! (waving), To you, and you, and you and you and you! (pointing), Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye! (waving, and audience waving back). Sing it a second time and invite the audience to join in.
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Remember, the very best preschool graduation songs are easy to learn, fun to sing and involve movement. Have a wonderful time preparing for and particpating in your special event!