Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/26

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

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
Besides this being a very familiar book, it also has a great rhythm to the book. Since almost every single person could recite “Chicka Chicka”, I challenged everyone to clap the rhythm with me. That led to a lot of fun and some varied success with keeping a beat! It went about as well as you can imagine — most kids were on the beat, but the few stragglers just couldn’t quite make the connection with the beat.

Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Wiggle Your Lah-De-Dah — Ralph Covert
Silly Dance Contest — Jim Gill
Freeze Ball — Michael Plunkett
I Can Shake My Shaker Egg — Eric Litwin and Michael Levine
The Shaker Hop — Carole Stephens
We’re Going to the Market — Kathy Reid-Naiman
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I did four shaker songs this session instead of the typical three. The kids were so very tired by the end of the day that they had a wonderful clean-up — ha! As always, “Silly Dance Contest” wins a lot of fans and hearts every time I use it. I really love “I Can Shake My Shaker Egg” — the kids enjoyed shaking faster and faster and faster!

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

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