Friday, January 16, 2009

The Hello Song


Strips of paper that have different languages written on them.


I am kind of sick of singing this each week. So, here is an idea to spice things up. Have the child who you are welcoming to Primary come to the front and pick a word strip. Sing the "Hello" song with the language they choose. Such as "Hola, Hola, Hola, Hola...we welcome you today..."

*Originator: I do not know where I saw this. I'm sorry.
**Adapted by The Crazy Chorister


Deb said...

Sometimes we just wave instead of saying anything on the hello parts. It's another fun way to break things up.

Liz said...

Hi Melanie,
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Cynthia C. said...

This is not related to this specific post (but this post is a great idea!), but it's an idea I used this month that may be of use to someone else.

I am always looking for ways to engage the Senior Primary in Singing Time. In the last two primaries I've served in, most of the Senior Primary have felt either too cool or too self-conscious to want to sing. By the way, for reference, I am a choir director by occupation and should know how to get kids to sing! But I still find this difficult and would love to open up a thread/discussion devoted to Senior Primary Singing Time.

Anyway, this month I decided to teach "The Family Is of God" and found a great way to do it. They memorized the first verse easily in one day and had fun doing it.

I printed out each line of the song on a separate strip of paper (I think I ended up with 8 strips), with no punctuation and no capital letters. I mixed the strips up, then randomly labeled them each with a different letter.

Next I cut apart the accompaniment, so that the music was in corresponding pieces with corresponding letters to the strips. I attached each strip of music to a separate sheet of small paper, to make it easier for my accompanist.

Then I attached the letter strips to the board and asked the kids to put them in order. They had never heard the song before, but I did tell them the title. We did one strip at a time (somehow they guessed the first one correctly, though you may need to help with that!).

When a strip was added to the song, my accompanist placed her music strips in the same order and she and I played/sang the kids creation (you have to know the song or read music very well to do this!). They then had the opportunity to decide whether the order was correct (sometimes the word order made sense, but when we performed it, they were able to hear that musically it did not). Sometimes it did sound right but was not, and I had to steer them in a different direction.

This was a lot of fun and the kids got it right within about 15 minutes. Because I started from the beginning singing their creation every time we added a line, they heard the song repeated multiple times and were able to learn it. This also helped them to understand the lyrics, and to develop their musical ear.

Of course, at the end, we all sang it together.

Hope that's helpful to someone out there - I will definitely use it again.

Jenni said...

For the Hello song I split the room down the middle. One child from each side gets picked to suggest a different language. The child must know how to say Hello in the language as well as know what country it is from. Then each side of the room takes turn singing their "hello" as I point to them. Fun stuff!

Melanie said...

cool idea Jenni

Tina said...

I printed small flags from different countries and glued them on toothpicks. Then I placed them in a styrophone ring and let the visiting children pick 2 flags. Then we sing hello in that language.

Scooterdoodah said...

How do you say "hello" in Japanese, German, French, or any other language that you have used???

Great idea!