Leader's Guide Prayer

Shalom, Shalom

Shalom, Shalom is a welcome song that connects participants to each other and the song’s leader by encouraging a responsive, individualized approach to music co-creation with young children and families.

Say my name, say my name 🎶😝!

When you greet a person by name, it it shows your interest in and respect for that individual. Dale Carnegie, one of the first people to teach and write about self improvement, public speaking and interpersonal relationships in regards to both professional and personal success, said “Remember that a man’s name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in the English language.” (He said it too long ago for us to be upset that he didn’t include women, too- but the point is valid for everyone.) Everyone wants to feel special, recognized and valued- and calling each person by name is a great, easy way to work towards that (added benefit is that it helps your community members remember each others’ names, too, which bolsters their relationships- win/win/win!).

Activity

This is a zipper song- so these names and titles are just placeholders- you’ll add the names of the members of the community when you sing in “in real life.” I use this as a “hello” and a “goodbye” song, bookending the time I share with the kiddos with  a familiar tune ensures that everyone feels confident and capable upon entering and leaving the space we create. 

Teaching Tip

If you are just starting to get to know children, or if you are a visitor- ask that the children be given nametags so you can learn their names! 

If you are just starting to get to know children, or if you are a visitor- ask that the children be given nametags so you can learn their names! 

This can also be a clean-up song: “Shalom to blocks, shalom to scarves, shalom to shakers, too! Shalom to bells, Shalom to tambourines, we had great fun with you!”

CHORDS AND LYRICS

Chords:

C, F, G 

Lyrics:

Chorus: Shalom, Shalom, Shalom to everyone
Shalom, Shalom, we’re here to have some fun


Shalom to Talya, Shalom to Noa, Shalom to Aidan, Too

Shalom to Gabe, Shalom to Liam, Shalom to Jordan, Too

Shalom to Kai, Shalom to Jonah, Shalom Elijah, too

Shalom to Sarah, Shalom to Matthew, glad to be here with you

Chorus

Shalom to Leah, Shalom to Allie, Shalom to Leo, too

Shalom to Wyatt, shalom to Hudson, shalom to Lilly, too

Shalom to Audrey, shalom to Judah, shalom to Logan, to

Shalom to Mya, shalom to Zoe, glad to be here with you

Shalom to ________, Shalom to ___________

Chorus

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