Leader's Guide Prayer

Thank You God, For This Day (Shehechiyanu)

Look for the good and celebrate it!

Shehechiyanu is a favorite bracha, that can play a prominent role on the lives of young children, who are constantly celebrating new and different milestones. Surrounding ourselves with young children can help us reach a whole new appreciation for this tradition- the custom of recognizing and celebrating new things, milestones and achievements can only bring joy to young children and their communities!

Teaching Tip

This song has built SO many amazing moments, and has been key to me being able to build relationships with children and families.  Before singing, ask the community what is new, special and exciting. You will have to remember everything that people say so that you can “zip” it into the song. I HIGHLY suggest that after you sing this song, you make notes to include what the children and families share that is new and exciting, then you will be able to reflect on the growth each child has made i.e. “When we first started singing together, David was learning how to track movement with his eyes- in the past few months, he learned how to grasp an object, how to smiles, and how to roll over! Wow!” Or “Our friend Sarah was just beginning to identify object by pointing to pictures and sharing gestures when we first began jamming. We have watched her develop cognitive, social, verbal and motor skills- now she can communicate through pointing, gesturing, signing and speaking! Today, she identified a dog by name in our story book and used a phrase to communicate her needs by saying “up, mama” !”

I’ve found that this has been an incredible opportunity to teach about developmentally appropriate expectations, and to encourage parents to recognize that their children are constantly displaying new skills- often, I’m able to point out ‘milestones’ that the caregivers don’t realize are evidence of growth.


[G]Hey hey, hey hey hey- [C9] We’ve got some[D] thing to say
[G] Hey hey, hey hey hey- [C9] Thank You God [C9] for this day
[G]Hey hey, hey hey hey- [C9] We’ve got some[D]thing to say
[G]Hey hey, hey hey hey- [C9] Thank You God [D] for this day [G]

[C9] Thank you for bringing us [D] to this season
[C9] It won’t be the last time, it’s the [D] first time for this reason _________________ <say what is happening, elicit reasons to say bracha from community……>

so in Hebrew we will say….
[G]Shehechiyanu [C9] v’kiy’manu [G] V’higiyanu [D] laz’man hazeh [G] (x2)

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Practice the Hebrew words and learn more:

You’ll find a lot emphasis in Judaism on deliberate recognition of special moments. Some do this in the form of a prayer or a blessing for the first time they are doing something new. Take a moment to learn this prayer- if you look for reasons to say it, you will manifest them!

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