Good Morning, How Are You?
n CD Track 2 | Song Card Page 98
(Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
D [Good morning], [Emillie]. How are you? [Good morning], [Emillie]. How are you?
It will be a [special] day, I’m so glad you came to play. [Good morning], [Emillie]. How are you?
A7 Greetings and Good-byes
D [Bonjour], [Simone]. How are you? [Bonjour], [Simone]. How are you?
It will be a [happy] day, I’m so glad you came to play. [Bonjour], [Simone]. How are you?
[Salaam], [Omeed]. How are you? [Salaam], [Omeed]. How are you?
It will be a [rainy] day, I’m so glad you came to play. [Salaam], [Omeed]. How are you?
Using the Song
When you sing this song, invite the children to help you make every day special. It is particularly
valuable to call their attention with welcoming words, such as, “I’m so glad you came to play.”
At times, you will find that you need to add a short pause after you sing this line to give certain
children extra time to let the message settle. Regardless of how challenging the previous day was,
this song can help them start a new day, with new goals and fresh emotions. Children who are
having a hard time separating and adapting to group care routines may also benefit from this
song to emphasize “new beginnings.”
Learn how to greet children in their home language, or make up your very own way to greet each
child at the beginning of each day (some teachers have nicknames for each child). Make sure you
ask their families for the accurate words (for example, “Bom dia” means “good morning” in
Portuguese, but four-year-old André greets people at home by saying “Tudo bem?” instead).
Variations In line 3 use different ways of inviting children to make each day special. After a while,
pause at that point and let them fill in the blanks and tell you what kind of day it will be
(“It will be an exciting day”; “It will be a brand new day”).
Use two names at once, if drop-off times tend to be busy, so you can acknowledge every
child individually (for example, “Good morning, Emily and Catara. How are you?”).
Use humor to elicit a response from children (“I’m so glad you came to feed the worms”;
“I’m so glad you came to splash in puddles.”).
Use this song at the beginning of large group time and invite children to shake hands,
wave hello, and use various forms of greetings to say “hi” to one another.
Lyrics by Jean Feldman. Reprinted with permission.
Greetings and Good-byes