Thank You God (Shehechiyanu) by Miss Emily
Thank You God (Shehechiyanu) by Miss Emily

Note from the songwriter:
This is a zipper song- each time you sing it, articulate what is new and exciting for the particular community you are teaching/leading.
This song has built SO many amazing moments, and has been key to me being able to build relationships with children and families.  Before singing, ask the community what is new, special and exciting. You will have to remember everything that people say so that you can “zip” it into the song. I HIGHLY suggest that after you sing this song, you make notes to include what the children and families share that is new and exciting, then you will be able to reflect on the growth each child has made i.e. “When we first started singing together, David was learning how to track movement with his eyes- in the past few months, he learned how to grasp an object, how to smile, and how to roll over! Wow!” Or “Our friend Sarah was just beginning to identify object by pointing to pictures and sharing gestures when we first began jamming. We have watched her develop cognitive, social, verbal and motor skills- now she can communicate through pointing, gesturing, signing and speaking! Today, she identified a dog by name in our story book and used a phrase to communicate her needs by saying 'up, mama' !”
I’ve found that this has been an incredible opportunity to teach about developmentally appropriate expectations, and to encourage parents to recognize that their children are constantly displaying new skills- often, I’m able to point out ‘milestones’ that the caregivers don't realize are evidence of growth.

PS: Some traditions dictate saying "lizman" rather than "lazman" "to [this] season" but the only place I hear that is Chabad- so make sure you know what your community prefers...

G                                C9                      D
Hey hey, hey hey hey- We’ve got something to say
G                                G          C9 G        C9   G                   
Hey hey, hey hey hey- Thank You God for this day
G                                C9                      D
Hey hey, hey hey hey- We’ve got something to say
G                                G          C9 G D      G                   
Hey hey, hey hey hey- Thank You God for this day
C9                                      D
Thank you for bringing us to this season
C9                                                         D
It won’t be the last time, it’s the first time for this reason _________________  
G                          C9                G              D            (G)
Shehechiyanu v’kiy’manu V’higiyanu laz’man hazeh (x2) .Back to beginning



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