Music Therapy Goodbye Song appropriate for older children by Margie La Bella

-Age: 5-10
-Goal Area: Session closure
-Objective: Students will sing along (either echoing phrases, finishing phrases, or singing complete phrases- two phrases each stanza rather than one and it’s echo.)Let it be said  that the first half of each phrases is the most appropriate, social statement to teach.   The second half is more fun and elicits kid’s  attention. 
-Method:  Sing and do (I used google image and got pictures of all the characters, as a visual aid.)
-Adaptations: See objective.
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.
-Melody: adaptation of “I won’t grow up” from the musical “Peter Pan.”
The song can also be rapped, put into a blues form or whatever other melody you need for your age group and clientele.  
See you later, alligator.
In a while, crocodile.
Stay sweet, parakeet.
Better swish, jellyfish.
Bye-bye, butterfly.
Out the door, dinosaur.
Take care, polar bear.
Give a hug, lady bug.
Certainly add in your own desired phrases and let us know about them, too. What can your class come up with? Here’s one more phrase: Ok, more: 
Gotta go, buffalo. And another: See ya soon, sweet baboon! Also Toodaloo Kangaroo!
PS: I tried this on my preschoolers today and discovered that it also promoted the labeling of the animals, as well as the sounds that the various animals make. Got lots of growls and sound effect from some usually quiet tykes!
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