Discover Poems, Songs, and Rhymes that Develop SEL Goals: Emotional Intelligence, Friendship, Curiosity, Grit, and a Love of Language (preK-2)
Poems, Songs, and Rhymes are listed by Poetry Notebook Collection Titles
- Maintain supportive relationships and bolster emotional self-management skills
(See sign language songs) Hello Neighbor (Co-active dance with QR code); September
Hola Mis Amigos/Hello My Friend (Bilingual Action-song in sign language); September
Adios Amigos/Goodbye My Friend; September
One Potato, Two Potato (Co-active rhyme); January
The Pledge of Allegiance (Sing, sign, and perform to “American Patriot”); September
Miss Mary Mack (hand-jive); January
- Develop curious, self-confident students with good health habits
Baby Birdie (dramatize growing from small to something big: QR code); October
I Always Start My Letters at the Top (Positive handwriting affirmation); September
I Can Write “By Heart” Words (Celebration of new learning with QR code) ; Literacy
Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create! (How to be a future engineer!); Sciencing
Walking Rhyme (Healthy exercise habits rhyme); May/June
Before I Sneeze; November
- Manage and communicate emotions respectfully
Wrinkled Heart Rhyme: Before you speak, think and be smart…; September
Hands Are Not for Hurting: I will not use my hands or words…; November
Sing Your Way Home: …it will brighten your load…(Sing and sign); January
My Responsibility: I will never hurt anyone…; November
Martin Luther King: Let us speak and let us sing…; January
- Learn the names of classmates and how to be a good friend: knowing another’s name is the beginning of friendship
Helper of the Day (Sing student names, fingerspell, and chant); September
Mary Wore Her Red Dress (Adapt and sing about each student); September
Willabee Wallabee Woo (Rhyming name game song); September
You’re My Friend: f-r-i-e-n-d (Turn and sign to a friend!)
Hawaiian Birthday Love Song (with QR Code) September
Hick-e-ty, Tick-e-ty Bumble Bee; September
- Develop optimism, perseverance, and a positive “I can do it!” attitude
I Am Very, Very Happy: H-a-p-p-y! (with QR code); December
Happy Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson (Memorize, recite, perform); December
If You’re Happy and You Know It (Traditional action song, adapted); December
Attitude Chant: I’m healthy, happy, feel fantastic…; January
I’m Optimistic (Chant with energy, movement, and rhythm); January
I Love to Read: R-e-a-d (Positive affirmation in song and sign language)
Sing Your Way Home (with QR code); January
- Be motivated to achieve personal and academic goals
I can: c-a-n! (Sing and fingerspell with QR code); September
New Year’s Resolution: Kindness; January
I Like to Write (Sing, Sign, Spell and Read! with QR code);
Literacy Heart Word Sentence Song (Sing, Sign, Spell and Read! with QR code); September
I Love to Read (with QR code); Literacy
I Can Write “By Heart” Words; Literacy
Reading is Fun
- Demonstrate and express kindness, empathy, gratitude, and polite communication
(Sing, Sign, Spell and Read!) The Kindness Pledge; September
L-O-V-E Spells Love (with QRQ code); September
T-h-a-n-k: I Can Spell Thank You! (Sing, Sign, Spell and Read! with QR code); November
We Are Thankful; November
New Year’s Resolution: I will say “please and thank you”; January
I Can Talk with My Hands (Please and Thank You signing song); January
Hawaiian Birthday Love Song (with QR code); September
You Are My Sunshine (adapted version)
- Develop a connection to nature and respect for all living things
I Love the Earth (with QR code)
A Rock Is a Letter
May There Always Be Sunshine
Fall Is Coming (with QR code)
Bugs Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Hurt No Living Thing.
Here’s a Little Seed (with QR code)
See Also: Weather and Seasonal Songs and Rhymes
These are found in Poetry Notebook: Sciencing Collection of 45 songs, poems, and rhymes
Memorize, recite, and perform language!
What Master PreK-2 Educators Know for Sure About SEL
- Emotional well-being is critical to achieving academic success and success in life. It can and must be taught! It builds on meaningful family connections.
- Social Emotional Learning underlies everything we do: We want children to learn to be a good friend, work hard, be curious, practice kindness, and develop a positive “I can do it!” mindset.
- When we bond with our students and make happiness happen in the classroom, children will feel accepted and valued. Social-emotional skills and friendships blossom.
- Memory skills, broad vocabulary, and confidence expressing ideas begins with a rich oral language curriculum: opportunities to talk, sing, dance, play, and tell stories.
- We want children to develop a good work ethic: to see themselves as good thinkers, problem-solvers, readers, writers, illustrators, storytellers, creative kids, and makers of things! That necessitates having authentic, meaningcentered curriculum that engages learners and builds on success.
- With happy hearts we dance, sing, and memorize delightful language! A thoughtful art-rich curriculum nurtures capable, kind, confident young people. ALL children deserve a Talented and Gifted (TAG) curriculum model.
- Singing, dancing, dramatization, sign language, and art provide Total Emotion Body Response to Language (TEBRL). That’s how the brain learns best, it is the secret of accelerated learning, and powerful SEL!
- Positive discipline with meaning-centered learning in a caring classroom is a richly rewarding way to teach. It is our contribution to happier schools and healthier communities.
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Poetry Bundle includes 10 individual monthly and thematic collections and a bonus: Choose from over 200 poems, songs, and rhymes with family and curriculum connections.
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