Piggyback Songs and Why They Work So Great for Teaching Young Children

When you turn to the word piggyback in Webster’s New World College Dictionary (something I keep at my desk 24/7 because I am a stickler for misspells!!!!), you will see these words as part of the definition:  so as to be fixed to, connected with or dependent on something else, to place on or upon in piggyback fashion

Here at Boca Beth, when I write my songs and speak to fellow educators about this method of songwriting, we talk about how the lyrics are piggybacked on to familiar melodies of songs that you and the children are familiar with.  For instance, when I first started out as Ms. Music in local Bay Area preschools, I used the melody from I’m a Little Teapot and would teach the toddlers and preschoolers these words:

I’m a little sunshine muy amarillo,  Watch me shine, I am brillante

Experts agree that this method, using familiar melodies & tunes that the teacher, the parent, and the children are all familiar with helps to increase retention, speed up learning, and – for young ones – make it fun for their learning styles as you add in maracas, dance, rhythm, rhyme, smiles, and new languages/new concepts!

Below are the words for this week’s song from our award-winning Boca Beth Program - piggybacked on to the melody of I’ve Been Working on the Railroad :

“Singing The Seasons / Cantando las estaciones”
(sung to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”)

The Seasons of the year are fun to learn
When I’m singing along.
The Seasons of the year are fun to learn
When I’m singing along.
Can you sing Primavera?
It is Spring when you sing.
Can you sing Primavera?
Spring is what I sing!
Primavera, Primavera,
Primavera is S-P-R-I-N-G!
Primavera, Primavera,
Primavera is Spring!
The Seasons of the year are fun to learn
When I’m singing along.
The Seasons of the year are fun to learn
When I’m singing along.
Can you sing Verano? 
It is Summer when you sing.
Can you sing Verano?
Summer is what I sing!
Verano, Verano,
Verano is S-U-M-M-E-R!
Verano, Verano,
Verano is Summer!
(Repeat chorus)
Can you sing Otoño?
It is Fall when you sing.
Can you sing Otoño?
Fall is what I sing!
Otoño, Otoño,
Otoño is F-A-L-L!
Otoño, Otoño,
Otoño is Fall!
(Repeat Chorus)
Can you sing Invierno?
It is Winter when you sing.
Can you sing Invierno?
Winter is what I sing!
Invierno, Invierno,
Invierno is W-I-N-T-E-R!
Invierno, Invierno,
Invierno is Winter!

Happy Educating!  ¡Sea feliz educando!

Boca Beth

One Response to “Piggyback Songs and Why They Work So Great for Teaching Young Children”

  1. anxiety says:

    I didnt expect this, but I really like this, found it entertaining! Keep up the likable work!

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