Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/24

For the first time in our library’s history, we ran our own summer reading program — Make Some Noise! What better opportunity to do a bi-weekly music and movement dance party? This program was advertised for ages 0-7 and their families.


The Plan

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
This book is a pure crowd pleaser. I love watching the kids swat at themselves and blow furiously trying to get the bug out. It gave us a great warm-up and I love the first few pages of “get up” and “sit down” that really get a lot of laughs from both caregivers and kids!


The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
I Really Love to Dance — Laurie Berkner
Jump Up, Turn Around — Jim Gill
Play Your Instruments — Ella Jenkins
Oh Children Ring Your Bells & Ring Them On the Floor — Kathy Reid-Naiman
Dance Around — Ralph Covert
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

This was the session where I started noticing that the adults were having just as much fun as the kids. The opening song “Hello & How Are You?” is in English, French, and Spanish and I was so pleased to hear adults singing along with me. It only took five sessions, but they learned it! As previously mentioned, I am very used to being the only one in the room singing, so this was a treat for me!

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

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