The past month we have been focusing on kindness: being kind to each other, to our friends and family, to those who help us, and to our neighbors. To spread some cheer in our neighborhood, we went caroling.
Taking the time to share a song with our neighbors, made me (and the kids as well, I believe) feel more strongly connected to our neighborhood. Everyone we visited lit up when they realized carolers were visiting. It was incredible watching the kids sing and laugh and dance. It really felt like Christmas.
Preschool Caroling Tips:
- Songs: We chose the kids’ favorite songs (Frosty, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Jingle Bells). It’s intimidating to sing in front of other people, so picking well-loved songs eased that experience.
- Song books: We printed the words to the songs (even for the pre-readers), and the kids decorated the front of their books with Christmas stickers and crayons. Even the kids who are not yet reading made sure they had their song books turned to the right pages.
- Wagon: Being pulled in the wagon is always popular with my kids!
- Sign: We attached a sign to the wagon for our group: the Jingle Bell Singers.
- Jingle Bells: I put bells on a piece of ribbon for each child, so even if they didn’t want to sing, they could still add sounds of Christmas to the music.