So Long, Farewell (Saying Goodbye at Music and Movement)

For our final music and movement of the winter I decided to torture myself with a theme of goodbyes. Somehow I managed to get through this entire program without crying over all the lovely goodbye songs.

We always begin the program with “My Bonnie,” by Jim Gill.

To get warmed up, we danced to “Na Na Hey Hey” by STEAM, from the Remember the Titans soundtrack. I gave everyone scarves, and the only instruction was to wave them high in the air during “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.” This was a lot of fun, but surprisingly tiring, especially since this song is quite long.

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I read the book Wave Goodbye by Rob Reid this time. It is a really old book, but has the perfect simple story and a lot of actions for the kids to try. I had a lot of comments about how enjoyable this book was.

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I wanted to get everyone up and moving again after the book, so I broke out the bubble machine. You can literally never go wrong with bubbles. We played “The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. I predicted that one particular father daughter pair (they attend this program regularly) would attempt the finale lift, and sure enough, they pulled that thing off!

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I brought out shaker eggs next, and the kids got to shake along and freestyle dance to a couple songs. We did “Jamaica Farewell” by Nancy Cassidy, and followed it up with “I Wish You Well” by Elizabeth Mitchell.

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Next we played “Goodbye Little Cookie” by Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, and played a fun cookie sorting activity. Before the program began, I taped a bunch of cookies to one wall of the program room, and signs with the cookie name and an enlarged image on the other. Then, during the song, the kiddos were tasked with putting all the cookie in the appropriate “jar” (spot on the wall matching the sign).

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The cookie types were; chocolate chip, sandwich, frosted sugar, and peanut butter. The kids loved doing this! They refused to stop until every single cookie was in its rightful place.

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Our last activity of the night was the parachute. We listened to two more songs, “Bye-Bye Sweetie-Pie” by David Landau and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club soundtrack, while the kids played with the parachute.

We finished up the program with our usual twinkling stars (disco ball and projector) to let everyone relax. We listened to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music. I love listening to the families sing along during this part of the evening.

After this we all said goodbye and see you next winter! I got a few hugs from kiddos which is the real icing on the cake to a great program.

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