Willoughby Wallaby Woo

elephantI’m sure you can find other versions of this song, but does anyone really do it better than Raffi?  Willoughby Wallaby Woo, is a great song for practicing new names in a class.  As an added benefit, it is also great for getting kiddos to laugh!  As you can hear in this YouTube clip, it’s a simple silly song, using consonant substitution (a great pre-reading skill) to fit each name into the song.  This is particularly fun if you have an elephant puppet to set above each child as you sing that child’s name.  (If the elephant reference doesn’t make sense, you need to listen to the clip!) 

You can download the song from Raffi’s Singable Songs for the Very Young album, available at iTunes.  You might as well pick up a few more Raffi classics while you’re there.  The man is a genius!

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Photo by gilr.

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