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The Presidents Name Song, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: February 23, 2012

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Presidents Name Song - cover only 2
Presidents Name Song for Sing Books with Emily
Song Intro by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing to the Traditional Tune, ONE LITTLE TWO LITTLE
Illustrations and Layout Compiled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or leave a comment to this post.

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February 2012

This book was inspired by a suggestion from Shayna Richman,
a second grader in Mr. Koppelman’s class
at Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA

The musical arrangement was created by Emily Gleichenhaus
with help from Miss Richman, the students ofMr. Mitchell’s 2012 Kindergarten class,Kindergarten teacher Ms. Anctil and Paul Raiman.

The musical sing-along tracks were prepared by Paul Raimanof http://www.MyRehearsalPianist.com

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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You can also sing this song with,

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PRESIDENTS NAME SONG
Song Intro by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustrations by Painless Learning Placemats
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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We also sang the song with this terrific placemat that I found (can’t remember where…possibly at a monument gift shop)

Presidents Name Song for Sing Books with Emily
Song Intro by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustrations and Layout Compiled by LearningWithEase.com
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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Another wonderful book for singing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song: 
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The Buck Stops Here: The Presidents of the United States
Text by Alice Provensen
Sing with Sing Books with Emily’s ”The Presidents Name Song”
Illustrated by Alice Provensen
ISBN978-0-670-01252-7
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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I’m going to ask Santa for these for Christmas:

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Sing the President’s Name Song for Sing Books with Emily with:

Presidential Block Set made by Uncle Goose Company
You can sing this with:
THE PRESIDENT’S NAME SONG!

There’s a block for all 44 presidents plus a block with the Presidential Oath.  Each block has a portrait of the president, presidential order number, life dates and when assembled correctly, they also display as an American Flag.  So, so cool!  And, you knew it was coming, you can also use them to sing:
THE PRESIDENT’S NAME SONG!

You can play with your toys and sing them, too!

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Watch a video about the blocks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa4j0v44LbQ

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Uncle Goose Company website
(wow, they make a lot of really cool block sets)
http://unclegoose.com/

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Fun Items for Singing President’s Name Song

Of course one can enjoy singing the Presidents Name Song (and learning the names of all the presidents in order) with a book a a placemat, but Iv’e found a few other items that are also fun to sing along with.  You can find these items from many online vendors using your favorite search engine.  Many of these items are available at Washington, DC and Smithsonian museum gift shops or the online stores of places like the United States Mint.

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Sing the  Presidents Name Song with a ruler.  Inches on one side, American presidents on the other


Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song  with the melody sing-along track, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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You can also sing the  Presidents Name Song with one of the terrific boxes of Presidential flash cards available,

President’s Name song with
Presidents of the United States Flash-Pack (Knowledge in a Nutshell)

Illustrations Compiled by Publisher Fax-Pax USA, Inc.
ISBN 1-873147-21-X
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song  with the melody sing-along track, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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I like these flash cards which include presidential portraits from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery,

President’s Name Song with
American President’s Knowledge Cards

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Illustrations Compiled by National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Institution
Published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc. (2005)
ISBN 0764900323
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song  with the melody sing-along track, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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Lots of Singable Posters out there, too,

President’s Name song with
Poster of the Presidents of the United States

Published by Historical Documents Company
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song  with the melody sing-along track, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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President’s Name Song and the United States Presidential Dollar Coins

Sing the President’s Name song with United States Presidential Dollar Coins!

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Collect each president’s dollar coin, fill up folder and sing the  Presidents Name Song!

President’s Name Song with
United States Mint Presidential Dollar Coins and Folder

This folder is available from the United States Mint (but many others are available online)
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song  with the melody sing-along track, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidentsnamesong-melody

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About the United States Mint Presidential Dollar Coin program, here:
http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/$1coin/

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An interesting site with details about artist’s renderings for the Presidential Dollar Coin artwork:
http://coins.about.com/od/uscoins/ig/Presidents-Dollar-Coin-Program/

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For info about each president: 

A fantastic web page which lists all the presidents in order with a little info on each. Many names are linked to full pages about that president, packed with info and activities:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/pres/list.shtml

The White House webpage about the presidents in order:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington

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The list of president’s names can be sung to a number of familiar tunes, like Yankee Doodle.  But my friend Shanna sang it in a tune that sounded like “One Little, Two Little.”

I didn’t catch all her  rhythms, but got close (it was a noisy room :-)), you can sing the presidents’ names, in order, along with me, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/presidents-name-song

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PRESIDENTS NAME SONG FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY
(Presidents’ last names in order of service)
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing to the traditional tune “One Little, Two Little…” 

These are the names of the United States Presidents.
They won their elections then to Washington they went.
The first was elected in 1789.
Sing their names with me this time:

Washington
Adams
Jefferson
Madison
Monroe
Adams
Jackson
Van Buren
Harrison
Tyler
Polk
Taylor
Fillmore
Pierce
Buchanan
Lincoln
Johnson
Grant
Hayes
Garfield
Arthur
Cleveland
Harrison
Cleveland
McKinley
Roosevelt
Taft
Wilson
Harding
Coolidge
Hoover
Roosevelt
Truman
Eisenhower
Kennedy
Johnson
Nixon
Ford
Carter
Reagan
Bush
Clinton
Bush
Obama

The Forty-Four Presidents.

Alt:  “The United States Presidents”
Alt:  (When the times come for the people of the United States to elect new presidents, just change the number and add the presidents’s names to the end, for example, “The Forty-Five Presidents,” etc.

Alt:  You’ll also need to fit the president’s name into the end of the rhyme.  For the 45th and 46th presidents, one could sing thier names to the “…and many more” tune like at the end of “Happy Birthday” and keep doing that until one has enough names to fit in to the rhyme scheme of the original tune.

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I’ll do my best to update as time goes along!

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The Presidents in order with First and Last Names:

  1. George Washington
  2. John Adams
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. James Madison
  5. James Monroe
  6. John Quincy Adams
  7. Andrew Jackson
  8. Martin Van Buren
  9. William Henry Harrison
  10. John Tyler
  11. James Knox Polk
  12. Zachary Taylor
  13. Millard Fillmore
  14. Franklin Pierce
  15. James Buchanan
  16. Abraham Lincoln
  17. Andrew Johnson
  18. Ulysses Simpson Grant
  19. Rutherford Birchard Hayes
  20. James Abram Garfield
  21. Chester Alan Arthur
  22. Grover Cleveland
  23. Benjamin Harrison
  24. Grover Cleveland
  25. William McKinley
  26. Theodore Roosevelt
  27. William Howard Taft
  28. Woodrow Wilson
  29. Warren Gamaliel Harding
  30. Calvin Coolidge
  31. Herbert Clark Hoover
  32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  33. Harry S. Truman
  34. Dwight David Eisenhower
  35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  36. Lyndon Baines Johnson
  37. Richard Milhous Nixon
  38. Gerald Rudolph Ford
  39. Jimmy Carter
  40. Ronald Wilson Reagan
  41. George Herbert Walker Bush
  42. William Jefferson Clinton
  43. George Walker Bush
  44. Barack Obama

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March 2012, Gleichenhaus Family Outing to DC, Sites Connected to Presidents Name Song
Seeing these sites enhances my enjoyment and understanding for singing PRESIDENT’S NAMES SONG

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JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
March 2012, Gleichenhaus Family Outing to DC, Sites Connected to Presidents Name Song
Seeing these sites enhances my enjoyment and understanding for singing PRESIDENT’S NAMES SONG

National Park Service Page for the Jefferson Memorial:
http://www.nps.gov/thje/index.htm

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WASHINGTON MONUMENT
(Looking at it from afar, across the Tidal Basin, at the steps of the Jefferson Memorial)
March 2012, Gleichenhaus Family Outing to DC, Sites Connected to Presidents Name Song
Seeing these sites enhances my enjoyment and understanding for singing PRESIDENT’S NAMES SONG

National Park Service Page for the Washington Monument:
http://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm

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FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL
March 2012, Gleichenhaus Family Outing to DC, Sites Connected to Presidents Name Song
Seeing these sites enhances my enjoyment and understanding for singing PRESIDENT’S NAMES SONG

National Park Service page for the FDR Memorial:
http://www.nps.gov/frde/index.htm

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Addendum, 8/28/2012

I thought that the Presidents Name Song would make a mighty fine song for my daughter’s Brownie Troop, so made a lyric sheet and wrote a little something about why I think this song is important:

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At the time I’m writing this, the 2012 Presidential Election Season is in full swing. Regardless of what candidate your family supports, it seems to me that joyfully learning this song will be useful to the girls for several reasons.

First, it’s helpful to know the names of the United States Presidents for history lessons. And, singing the names of the presidents in this song might spark their interest to know more. Or, when they come across any of the Presidents’ names in classroom lessons, they will already feel familiar with the person’s name and have an idea of where the name fell in the list and thus will already have a grasp of the timeline relative to the amount of time the United States has been a country.

Also, at least for me, knowing this song gives a little perspective. Even if one’s candidate doesn’t win (and throughout history there have been many people’s candidates, the opponents of the winners on this list, for example, who have not won) you can feel sure that there will be another chance for your values to be better represented in just a few year’s time. That’s the glory of the American Democracy, George Washington’s greatest precedent: the peaceful abdication of power every 4 or 8 years.

It will be very interesting to discover if we’ll need to update this sheet in just a couple of months!


To view or print this lyric sheet, click here:
President’s Name Song GSSLyrics

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Addendum, 2/22/2015

5 Year Old Girl on Ellen Rocks her Own Version of President’s Name Song

Look out!!  This so cute!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFismjYRcRM

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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/gleichenhaus-family-outing-to-dc-sites-connected-to-presidents-name-song/

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COVER CHANGE TO FIT THE NAME

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