Happy Labor Day!

Children's Songs for Labor Day


Doin' My Part
(to the tune of "Skip to My Lou")


Work, work, doin' my part!
Work, work, doin' my part!
Work, work, doin' my part!
Doin' the best I can! Yea!

I'm workin' hard! What about you?
I'm workin' hard! What about you?
I'm workin' hard! What about you?
Are you doin' the best you can?

Yes, yes, I'm doin' my part!
Yes, yes, I'm doin' my part!
Yes, yes, I'm doin' my part!
Doin' the best I can! Yea!

Workin' together, doin' our parts!
Workin' together, doin' our parts!
Workin' together, doin' our parts!
Together we'll make a difference! Yea!


There Are Many Jobs to Do
(to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star")
There are many jobs to do --
Choose the one that's best for you.
Be a _____, if you please.
But be the best ______ you can be.
Whether your job's big or small
Please work hard and give your all.


Workers' Song
(to the tune of "Did You Ever See a Lassie?")
Here are some verse my students created. You might wish to teach one or two verses, then let your students select occupations and write their own.

Did you ever see an acrobat,
An acrobat, an acrobat,
Did you ever see an acrobat
Walk the high wire like this?
Walk carefully, so carefully?
Walk carefully, so carefully?
Did you ever see an acrobat
Walk the high wire like this?

Did you ever see a baker,
A baker, a baker,
Did you ever see a baker
Knead bread dough like this?
Knead this way and that way?
Knead this way and that way?
Did you ever see a baker
Knead bread dough like this?

Did you ever see a builder,
A builder, a builder,
Did you ever see a builder
Saw this way and that?
Saw this way and that way?
Saw this way and that way?
Did you ever see a builder
Saw this way and that?

Did you ever see a cabbie,
A cabbie, a cabbie,
Did you ever see a cabbie
Drive this way and that?
Drive this way and that way?
Drive this way and that way?
Did you ever see a cabbie
Drive this way and that?

Did you ever see a dancer,
A dancer, a dancer,
Did you ever see a dancer,
Dance this way and that?
Dance this way and that way?
Dance this way and that way?
Did you ever see a dancer,
Dance this way and that?

Did you ever see a farmer,
A farmer, a farmer,
Did you ever see a farmer
Hoe this way and that?
Hoe this way and that way?
Hoe this way and that way?
Did you ever see a farmer
Hoe this way and that?

Did you ever see a miner,
A miner, a miner,
Did you ever see a miner
Dig this way and that?
Dig this way and that way?
Dig this way and that way?
Did you ever see a miner
Dig this way and that?

Did you ever see a mother,
A mother, a mother,
Did you ever see a mother
Rock her baby like this?
Rock this way and that way?
Rock this way and that way?
Did you ever see a mother
Rock her baby like this?

Did you ever see a sailor,
A sailor, a sailor,
Did you ever see a sailor
Row this way and that?
Row this way and that way?
Row this way and that way?
Did you ever see a sailor
Row this way and that?

Also worth checking ...
Preschool Rhymes for Community Helpers
Gayle's Preschool Rainbow offers an assortment of songs and fingerplays about specific occupations.

EconEdLink: I Can Do Anything
A cute song about jobs; set to the tune of "Shortenin' Bread."

Songs for Teaching: Community Helpers
Songs for Teaching offers both the lyrics and a soundclip of this this song by Shawn Brown.

Songs for Teaching: Labor Day
Songs for Teaching offers both the lyrics and a soundclip of this this song by John McCutcheon.


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