All about me: I am special in preschool

How you can help your children build a sense of identity with one simple song!

Each day children are discovering more about their world and their place within it. In order to help them build a strong sense of identity, we warmly greet our children and let them know that we are so glad they are a part of our classroom community! This gentle entry time allows us to let our kids know that their presence is valued and gives us time to bond with each individual child. Building trusting and secure relationships are so important during their most formative years. 

A Fun Song for Exploring Identity

Today, I visited a twos class and on the table, I noticed there was a big hand mirror…

I “hinted” to the teacher that I happened to know a fun song we could sing with this cool mirror.  The teacher sweetly invited me to share the song with her class.  I sang with the children first, then handed the mirror to the teacher. The teacher continued the song with her young students while I looked on.

Tune: Frere Jacques

I am Special

I am Special

Look at me!

Look at me!

I am very special.

I am very special.

Look at me,

Look at me!

Expanding on the Song

We changed the song up a bit and added different feeling words so the children could make different faces as they looked in the mirror (I am sad – I am happy – I am mad). It was a great way to explore emotions and so fun because the children would try to frown or look mad but when they looked into the mirror they could not help but give a big smile:) Too sweet!

Building Identity in the Classroom

Providing a safe space where children feel loved and accepted for who they are will set the foundation for a strong sense of identity later on. Stories and songs are a great way to model empathy and help children better understand themselves and others. Through play children can also become more confident and comfortable with who they are.

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Links to Grow On

See this adorable mirror and feelings game your preschooler will enjoy!

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By |2018-12-05T11:28:42+00:00September 1st, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Lillian September 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    love it! will be using this tomorrow!

  2. Laura September 1, 2010 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    We are doing our I Am Special theme this week and our kids love this song! We have a stage outside and they took turns singing solos!

  3. Pamela Spann September 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Perfect! I used this idea today after reading aloud The Important Book and Another Important Book by Margerate Wise Brown. The students loved the song and looked in the mirror that is at the end of Another Important Book. We also used each child’s name in the song as each looked in the mirror. Thanks!

  4. Centers and Circle Time September 2, 2010 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Aww, I love it…I’m not sure I can get a hand-held mirror by tomorrow! I love the cute signature card:)

  5. Cathy @ NurtureStore September 6, 2010 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks for linking up with the Play Academy with another great idea. We have some mirror doors on a wardrobe which you can open against each other so you can create a circle of reflections of yourself (if you know what I mean!) – my daughter then gets a whole choir of herself to sing and dance with! Hope you’ll come and share again next week. Cathy

  6. Julie September 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I love this activity and would love to share it (with a link to you, of course) on my website (, where we share products and activities for preschool-aged kids and their parents. We are doing a theme on feelings next week, so the timing in getting this post was perfect!

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