Just as it’s important to mark the beginning of a preschool music class with a hello song, it’s just as important to have a closing ritual to signify the end of your class.
Singing a goodbye song is a helpful way to help young children understand that music class is over and that it’s time to transition to the next part of their day.
I find that hello songs are a little easier to come by than goodbye songs. Whenever I discover a great goodbye song, I make sure to hang on to it!
Here are four goodbye songs that I use regularly in my preschool music classes. Click the links below to access free, printable sheet music and lyrics for each song.
- Bread and Butter – This is a great little chant that let’s kids explore many different musical concepts as they say goodbye. They can say it high, low, fast, slow, loud, quiet and more.
- Open Shut Them – I’ve used this song in my preschool music classes for years, but I only recently discovered that there’s a cute goodbye verse for it. This is one of my favorite songs to end my classes with.
- See You Later, Alligator – This song is to the tune of Clementine and kids love it! Each line is a clever way to say goodbye.
- It’s Time To Say Goodbye To All My Friends – This song is to the tune of If You’re Happy And You Know It. It has simple words and it’s quick and easy to learn.