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TRANSITION SONGS

 

THE ANTS ARE MARCHING
Tune:  “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again”

The ants are marching to the hive, hooray! hooray!
The ants are oh so quiet as they come my way.
Some come fast, some come slow.
All are marching as they go.
Oh, I’m oh so glad, the ants could come today.
                                    Jean Warren

(Children start marching quietly to the Circletime area.)

 
SURPRISE APRON

Tune:  “The More We Get Together”

Something’s in my pocket, my pocket, my pocket.
Something’s in my pocket, oh what could it be?
Come and join me.
Then everyone will see.
What’s in my pocket, oh what could it be?
                                    Jean Warren

(Teacher wears an apron with large pockets, where she hides a surprise.)
 

RING, RING, RING YOUR BELL
Tune:  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Ring, ring, ring the bell
So everyone can hear.
Time to gather round
Circle time is here.
            Jean Warren

(Sit at circle time area.  Give a bell to the first child to join you.  Have them ring the bell while you sing the song above.)

 
IF YOU’RE READY FOR A STORY

Tune:  “If You’re Happy And You Know It”

If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.
If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.
Let’s all gather near, so everyone can hear.
If you’re ready for a story, come sit down.
                                Jean Warren
 

                                   

IF YOU’RE WEARING RED TODAY
Tune:  “If You’re Happy And You Know It”

If you’re wearing red today – follow me.
If you’re wearing yellow today – follow me.
If you’re wearing blue today – then come along this way.
If you’re wearing green today – follow me.
                        Jean Warren

(Start singing, have children line up behind you as you call out their color.  Continue the song with different colors until everyone is walking behind you.  Lead everyone to the Circle Time area.
 
I WIGGLE MY FINGERS

(A Movement Rhyme)
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes,
I wiggle my shoulders,
I wiggle my nose.
Now no more wiggles
Are left in me,
So I can sit as still as can be.
Adapted traditional
 
TWO LITTLE FEET
 (A Movement Rhyme)
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.
One little body, twirls around.
One quiet body sits back down.
Adapted Traditional
 
OPEN YOUR HANDS

(A Movement Rhyme)
 
Open your hand,
Then clap, clap, clap
Now, you lay them in your lap.
Two little eyes looking straight ahead.
Two little ears, hearing what is said.
Adapted Traditional
 
LET’S ALL HELP
Tune: “Frere Jacques”
 
Let’s all help.
Let’s all help.
Pick up the toys.
Pick up the toys.
 
Then when we are done.
We’ll have lots of fun.
Let’s all help
Pick up the toys.
Adapted Traditional

 
IT’S TIME TO CLEAN-UP

Tune: “The Farmer In The Dell”
 
It’s time to clean up now.
It’s time to clean up now.
Heigh-ho, just watch us go.
It’s time to clean up now.

We’ll put our things away.
Ready for another day.
Heigh-ho, just watch us go.
We’ll put our things away.
Jean Warren
 
IT IS STORY TIME
Tune: “Frere Jacques”
 
It is story time.
It is story time.
Circle ‘round,
Then sit down.
 
When our ears are ready.
When our hands are steady,
We will start
The best part.
Jean Warren
 
WIGGLE WORMS

(A Movement Rhyme)
 
Once there were some little worms.
And all they did, was squirm and squirm.
They wiggled and wiggled up and down.
They wiggled and wiggled all around. (Let your children around for a while)

They wiggled and wiggled and wiggled until,
They were tired and could sit very still. (Have children sit down)

Now they could listen,
Now they could see
All of the things
I have here with me. (Start your story or circle time activity)
Jean Warren