So...what songs should you be singing during circle time?
Here is a list of 5 songs you should be singing at preschool circle time to encourage learning, establish routines and manage the time together as a group.
1. Come to the Carpet Song
You need to get your students wrapped up and transitioning from what they were doing into coming to the carpet and sitting down. I like to keep this song very repetitive so that kids can not only remember it, but also sing along. This song signals students to come and sit for circle time. You can find the 'Come Sit Down' song I use at this post (you will find lots of other transition songs there as well).
2. Welcome Song
A welcome song helps set the tone for the day. A welcome song should be fun, engaging and make children feel welcome! Below, you can find the Welcome Song we use (free printable) and an audio of the song - so you know how to sing it!
3. Weather Watcher Song
The Weather Watcher Song signals the weather helper to get up from the carpet, look out the window and present the weather to the class. We all sing this song while the weather helper is looking at the window, which keeps children engaged in singing and not losing interest while waiting for the weather helper to finish his/her job.
4. Days of the Week and Months of the Year Songs
If you do calendar time within your circle time, Days of the Week Songs and Months of the Year Songs are a great learning tool. Reciting the days and months are much easier when put to a special tune.
5. Monthly Songs
Monthly songs are a fun way to help children learn about the events and weather of a given month. I use my 'Song-a-Month' song ring (available here for free). We sing the monthly song everyday of that month.
Also, at the end of the day, before we go home we sing a Goodbye Song. My kiddos just love this song! You can get the free song printables and the audio file so you can learn the tune within the Free Resource Library. Not a member? Join below for free: