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Preschool Songs Educate Children

Updated on February 2, 2013

Preschool Songs - Teaching Children Through Sing-Song

This lens is dedicated to teaching young children through the magic of preschool songs and sing-song. Sing song is when you put everyday conversation to music and sort of "sing" whatever you are doing or explaining in order to make it more interesting to the child. Also singing songs about something raises the chance that it will be remembered longer.

How Do Preschool Songs Benefit Young Children?

Most people know that preschool songs are a favorite among young children. However, not as many people understand why and how preschool songs benefit young children. There are many different ways that music, and songs in particular, help preschool children. These include teaching basic skills, promoting activity, increasing confidence and creating a fun learning environment. These all-important skills are the reason that preschool songs are an essential part of every preschool curriculum.

Teaches Basic Skills

Preschoolers have lots to learn; numbers, letters, spelling, even the day's weather. Long boring teaching sessions don't work well with children who have the attention spans of...well, young children. Songs can make these basic skills easier to learn and remember for young developing minds. For example, Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes is a fun and memorable song that effectively teaches the parts of the body. For those of you who don't know this particular ditty, it goes like this:

'Head and shoulders, knees and toes, Knees and toes

Head and shoulders knees and toes, Knees and toes

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose

Head and shoulders, knees and toes, Knees and toes'

As you name the different body parts, you place your hands (or point to) that part. From experience I can tell you that children love this song and will remember it after only singing it a few times. It is important to start off singing it slow that the preschoolers can keep up with the movements. Over time you can gradually speed up the pace to keep the song-play exciting.

Promotes Activity

Anyone who has a three or four year old knows that they love to MOVE! In fact, it's much easier to get them up and running around than it is to try to convince them to sit still. And it is better for them too. With the country all up in arms about the increase in childhood obesity, it is a good idea to encourage all the activity possible while they still like jumping around and dancing, before television and video games take over their lives. Some great songs for encouraging movement are If You're Happy And You Know It and The Hokey Pokey both of which involve controlling different parts of the body. When you promote movement, you are increasing a child's gross motor skill and their understanding of their own body. Additionally, songs like The Hokey Pokey introduces the ideas of left and right to a preschool child.

Increases Confidence

Singing and dancing allows a preschool child to demonstrate their independence and autonomy. As they get better at remembering the words of the preschool songs and movements that go along, the children will feel more confident and powerful in their own right. Later on they may be allowed to choose and lead a sing-a-long whether in a classroom setting or just between you and your own child. Knowing that they can accomplish something like memorizing a song and singing it with you gives any child a real sense of confidence and empowerment.

Creates A Fun Learning Environment

Above all else, everything a preschooler does should have some element of fun to it. Later on, they will be bogged down with schoolwork and chores and activities so for now it is important that they can learn that learning can be fun. Teaching through preschool songs is a great way to add a bit of fun to any lesson, whether it is tying shoes or animal sounds. Additionally, songs sung during transitions from one activity to another can help alleviate the trouble that some young children have with moving from one thing to another by providing a consistent, comforting activity.

For all these reasons, and more, it is important to include singing into the daily routine of preschool-age children. Songs provide a chance for young children to learn new things more easily as well as increasing their activity level and self-confidence. Best of all, preschool songs add an important and much-needed element of fun into the child's life.

Preschool Number And Counting Songs

Lyrics For Your Favorite Preschool Songs

Here are the words to some of my favorite preschool songs to teach numbers and counting to young children:

Hickory Dickory Doc

Hickory Dickory Doc

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck one, the mouse ran down

Hickory Dickory Doc

Hickory Dickory Doc

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck two, the mouse said boo

Hickory Dickory Doc

Hckory Dickory Doc

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck three, the mouse said Whee

Hickory Dickory Doc

Ten Little Monkeys

Ten little monkeys jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head

Mamma called the doctor and the doctor said,

"No more monkeys jumping on the bed."

Nine little monkeys jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head

Mamma called the doctor and the doctor said,

"No more monkeys jumping on the bed."

Continue through eight, seven, six...until no more monkeys are jumping on the bed

100 Bottles Of Pop

100 bottles of pop on the wall

100 bottles of pop

Take ten down and pass them around

90 bottles of pop on the wall

Continue by tens until you get down to ten bottles of pop

10 bottles of pop on the wall

10 bottles of pop

Take one down and pass it around

9 bottles of pop on the wall

Continue counting down by ones until there are no more bottles of pop on the wall

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

This song can also be sung as One, Two, Tie My Shoe

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Three, Four, Shut The Door

Five Six, Pick Up Sticks

Seven, Eight, Lay Them Straight

Nine, Ten, Start Over Again

The Ants Go Marching

The ants go marching one by one.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching one by one.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching one by one;

The little one stops to suck his thumb,

And they all go marching down into the ground

To get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching two by two.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching two by two.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching two by two;

The little one stops to tie his shoe,

And they all go marching down into the ground

To get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching three by three.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching three by three.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching three by three;

The little one stops to climb a tree,

And they all go marching down into the ground

To get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching four by four.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching four by four.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching four by four;

The little one stops to shut the door,

And they all go marching down into the ground

To get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching five by five.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching five by five.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching five by five;

The little one stops to take a dive,

And they all go marching down into the ground

To get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching six by six.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching six by six.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching six by six;

The little one stops to pick up sticks,

And they all go marching down into the ground

To get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching seven by seven.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching seven by seven.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching seven by seven;

The little one stops to pray to heaven,

And they all go marching down into the ground

To get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching eight by eight.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching eight by eight.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching eight by eight;

The little one stops to rollerskate,

And they all go marching down into the ground

To get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching nine by nine.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching nine by nine.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching nine by nine;

The little one stops to check the time,

And they all go marching down into the ground

To get out of the rain.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching ten by ten.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching ten by ten.

Hoorah! Hoorah!

The ants go marching ten by ten;

The little one stops to shout

"THE END!!"

Preschool Letter And Spelling Songs

Lyrics For Your Favorite Preschool Songs

Here are the words for some of the most popular and well-loved alphabet songs for young children:

BINGO - This is a spelling song accompanied by clapping

There was a farmer had a dog

And Bingo was his name-oh

B-I-N-G-O

B-I-N-G-O

B-I-N-G-O

and Bingo was his name-oh

There was a farmer has a dog

And Bingo was his name-oh

(clap)-I-N-G-O

(clap)-I-N-G-O

(clap)-I-N-G-O

And Bingo was his name-oh

Continue repeating the same verse, each time replacing an additional letter with a clap, until all the letters have been replaced with clapping.

The Alphabet Letter/Sound/Word Song - Sung to the tune of Twinkle,Twinkle

Say the letter, say the sound the letter makes and finally say the word.

A /a/ apple

B /b/ ball

C /c/ cat

D /d/doll

E /e/ edge

F /f/fan

G /g/ goat

H/h/hand

I/i/Indian

J /j/ jam

K /k/ kite

L /l/ lamb

M /m/ mouse

N /n/ nickel

O /o/ octopus

P /p/ pickle

Q /q/ queen

R /r/ rail

S /s/ sun

T /t/ tail

U /u/ umbrella

V /v/ van

W /w/ watch

x /x/ x-ray man

Y /y/ yo-yo

Z /z/ zoo

An Alphabet Rhyme

A is for apple, armadillo and air.

B is for book, beachball and bear.

C is for cat, crayon and cape.

D is for dog, dragon and drapes.

E is for elephant, eagle and eye.

F is for farm, fire and fly.

G is for goat, golf and guy.

H is for hat, hippo and hi.

I is for instrument, ice and igloo.

J is for juggle, jungle and jumparoo.

K is for kangaroo, kite and kid.

L is for lamb, lion, and lid.

M is for mother, mouse, and might.

N is for noodle, nest and night.

O is for octopus, ostrich and owl.

P is for penguin, pig and pal.

Q is for queen, quilt and quail.

R is for rabbit, rainbow and rail.

S is for seal, swan and sun.

T is for table, tiger and ton.

U is for umbrella, underwear and umpire.

V is for vulture, volcano and vampire.

W is for wizard, water and wishbone.

X is for x-ray, xerox and xylophone.

Y is for yak, yogurt and you.

Z is for zebra, zion and zoo.

Preschool Body Parts Songs

Lyrics For Your Favorite Preschool Songs

Here are the words for some of the most popular body parts songs for young children.

The Hokey Pokey

The "Hokey Pokey" is a gesture made by pointing your index fingers up towards the sky and, alternating left and right, raising your hands up and down slightly

You put left leg in

You take left leg out

You put left leg in and shake it all about

You do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around

That's what its all about!

You put your right leg in

You take your right leg out

You put your right leg in and shake it all about

You do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around

That's what its all about!

Continue with other body parts until...

You put your whole self in

You take your whole self out

You put your whole self in and shake yourself about

You do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around

That's what its all about!

Ten Little Fingers

I have ten fingers and they all belong to me (hold hands up)

I can make them do things Would you like to see?

I can shut them up tight (form fist)

Or open them wide (hold fingers out)

I can put them together or make them all hide (Close both fists)

I can make them jump high (put hands over head)

I can make them go low (put hands down)

I can fold them quietly and hold them just so (put hands in lap)

If You're Happy And You Know It

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands

If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands

If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet

If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet

If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet

If you're happy and you know it, nod your head

If you're happy and you know it, nod your head

If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you're happy and you know it, nod your head

More verses

...go kiss kiss

...spin around

...roar out loud

...say squeak squeak

Last Verse

If you're happy and you know it, shout...

Hoorah!

Body Parts Preschool Songs On Amazon

Songs For Everyday Routines

Sing-song your way from one activity to the next

As any parent knows getting a preschooler to do something different can be more than a challenge when the child is fixed on something. Songs can help your child more easily transition from one activity to the next. Following are some of the preschool songs we use in my house to get my daughter to do what we need her to do.

This is the Way We Start Our Day (sung to Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we start our day

start our day, start our day

This is the way we start our day

So early in the Morning

This is the way we go downstairs

go downstairs, go downstairs

This is the way we go downstairs

So early in the Morning

This is the way we eat breakfast

eat breakfast, eat breakfast

This is the way we eat breakfast

So early in the Morning

This is the way we brush our teeth

brush our teeth, brush our teeth

This is the way we brush our teeth

So early in the morning,

Clean-up Time

(We started using this because they used it in school and it worked)

Clean-up, clean-up

Everybody get some toys.

Clean-up, clean-up

All the little girls and boys.

Clean-up, clean-up

Everybody do your share.

Clean-up, clean-up

Everybody, everywhere.

It's Bath Time (sung to You're My Sunshine)

It's Bath time

Yes, your bath time

You'll get all soapy

And squeeky clean

You'll play with Duckie

And your bath toys too

Please get ready for your bath time.

For bedtime we let our daughter pick a song for us to sing so it changes almost everynight. Her favorites are Hush Little Baby, Twinkle Twinkle, and You Are My Sunshine.

Using these songs throughout your day should make your child's normal routine more fun. More fun means better listening!

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      MeInABook 3 years ago

      Great songs. They really took me back to being a kid. It's kind of fun too now that my kids are learning to love these songs. Great lens. Thanks for the memories!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      So true! I remember songs I learned at summer church camp, at Sunday School, in regular weekday school, Bible memory verse songs--they're simple, catchy and stay in your head for a lifetime. I studied music education when I was working on my music degree in college, and had a whole course in Early Childhood Music Education. You named all the wonderful benefits of teaching songs to children.

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      clcmdorg 5 years ago

      Great lens preschool songs. we have a blog post on our site on songs as well. We're always looking for quality content to add and link to on our Rockville preschool site.

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      winbackyourex 5 years ago

      Hi! Since you obviously care about kids, I encourage you to check out the great educational tablet from LeapFrog, the LeapPad Explorer!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Very informative lens, almost from my field (fairy-tales, but in Slovene language). Nice to meet you. Keep up the good work!

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      LesleyJohnston1 6 years ago

      Interesting lens, I'd forgotten some of these rhymes and it's good to see they are still being passed down. Congrats on a great lens.

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks for this lens. As a preschool teacher/director, I'm always looking for new songs.

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      alex_buzatu 7 years ago

      very funny lens! thanks

      Check out this spelling games for kids website. Really good!

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      it1224 7 years ago

      Wow, this is a great lens and it sure brings back memories! I think its really important children develop a love for music and it really is a good tool to develop cognitive function. This will be really helpful. Our church has a preschool with about 100 pupils and I'll share this with them, and if your ever in the neighborhood, stop by. Our preschool, Epiphany, is in Lake Worth Fl.

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      Dizzydebbie 8 years ago

      I sing to my granddaughter all the time, she loves it and tries to copy me. I rated, favored and lens rolled you. https://hubpages.com/family/Cardsforkids

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      I Am A Little Teapot was my favorite song when I was little and I still love to sing it with my granddaughter today. Nice lens - five stars to you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love childrens songs and you picked some good ones. Lensrolling to my Sunday School Songs lens

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      Maripa LM 9 years ago

      Very good lens!

      I write kidssongs,and have a daycare and pre-school,in Suriname/South America.

      Singing with kids is also fun for adults.

      Thanks for your information!

      Peace,

      Ruth

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      The Purple Gallinules just flew over to check out your lens. We love to teach how to read color words while learning science.

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      LisaBrave 9 years ago

      I agree that music is a very powerful way to teach children. I have a long last name, but taught my kids how to spell it easily by putting it to a tune.