Kindergarten teacher changes ABCs song, goes viral on TikTok
A, B, C. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Or is it?
A kindergarten teacher on TikTok is going viral for revealing a new version of the alphabet song that is being taught at her Los Angeles elementary school.
Arielle Fodor, who goes by @Ms_Frazzled on the video-sharing app, posted a clip to the site this week debuting the remixed song, which has racked up 2.2 million views.
The new tune starts out like the original. But, instead of rushing through the L, M, N, O, P portion of the song, each letter gets equal time, changing the tune’s cadence and rhyme. Instead of ending with “now I know my ABCs, next time won’t you sing with me,” the lyrics have changed to “now I never will forget how to say the alphabet.”
Fodor, 28, was notified of the change during a curriculum training in June. Though she screams in shock at the end of her TikTok, Fodor said the change is “so much better for the students,” she told The Post.
The new version was created by the company Dream English Kids in 2012. “This version has a slow L, M, N, O, P as it was originally recorded to teach children learning English as a second or foreign language. I found it much easier for the children to recognize and memorize all of the letters this way,” reads the Dream English description of the song on YouTube.
Fodor said that a large population of kids in her district are English learners, so the new song is extremely beneficial. “If you think about kindergarten, they’re all kind of English language learners,” she said. “We’re making education more acceptable for students who are learning English, and those are often our brown and black students, especially in my community.”
The kids had no trouble adjusting to the change. “I don’t tell them the old way is wrong. I tell them, ‘Hey, we’re going to sing the ABC song in a silly way.’ And they’re like, ‘OK!’ They don’t even clock it,” said Fodor, who has been teaching kindergarten since 2018.
We’re making education more acceptable for students who are learning English.
Her TikTok followers, on the other hand, weren’t so open to the switch.
A lot of them were like, ‘This is crazy,’ ” she said. Some commenters incorrectly thought the order of the letters changed. “People were saying, ‘If you change the alphabetic order, do you use the old song to alphabetize or the new song?’ ”
Others were downright angry. “People [were] being like, ‘I won’t be teaching my child this way, I’m going to be teaching them the right way,’ ” said Fodor, who started making TikToks in April.
District parents, on the other hand, have had no complaints about the new song. “None of my colleagues have heard a peep,” she said. “I think they have a bigger picture that there are bigger things to be worried about now with their child’s education,” like distance learning, Fodor said.
Fodor is happy to make the switch. “Whatever makes it easier for [the students] is good for me, because that’s why I’m there,” she said. As an educator, “You have to have that flexibility and be a lifelong learner. The best teachers roll with it, even if it’s the beloved ABC song from childhood.”