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Hello, Everybody, Yes, Indeed
Traditional Folk Song | CD Track 3 | Song Card Page 98
G Oh [hello], [everybody], yes, indeed. Yes, indeed. Yes, indeed.
Oh [hello], [everybody], yes, indeed. Yes, indeed, [my darling]!
G Greetings and Good-byes
Oh [hello], [Hesakai], yes, indeed. Yes, indeed. Yes, indeed.
G Oh [hello], [Shante], yes, indeed. Yes, indeed, [my darling]!
G [Buenos Dias], [Manuel], yes, indeed. Yes, indeed. Yes, indeed.
[Buenos Dias], [Manuel], yes, indeed. Yes, indeed, [my darling]!
Using the Song
This song’s repetitive verses help the children transition into their morning routine. They can
quickly predict what subsequent verses will sound like without having to process too much new
information as they separate from their caregivers and start a new day. Use a culturally accept-
able form of welcoming each child to help him or her feel at ease in your classroom (wave hello,
rub backs, give high fives, hug, etc.). Sing to family members, too, as they also need a special
greeting in the morning. Ask individual children how they would like to be greeted and incorpo-
rate this information into the song.
Variations Use this song for the beginning of a circle time.
Ask the children to add something (“Who else can we say hello to?”; “How can we say
hello to you, Abdul?”; “How do you say ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ at your house, Yeh-
Eun?”). Use this song to invite children to join you and their peers as you transition from free play
to whole group meetings.
Ask children for various types of body movements to add to this song (for example, hand
clapping, head bobbing, chest slapping). For older children, add on additional movements
to the ones they are currently doing. With younger children, do one motion at a time.
Easy Songs for Smooth Transitions in the Classroom