Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/1

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

Be Quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli
Have you ever told a roomful of children that they can bang and stomp along with you? If you haven’t, I recommend getting some earplugs and letting the first floor patrons know ahead of time. This was a very fun and noisy read-aloud. I highly recommend it so long as you prepare ahead of time.

Parachute! (WARNING: Measure your room before you buy a chute!! This one just fits in our large meeting space, but I almost bought the next size up based on the handles…)

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
I Like to Rise — Kathy Reid-Naiman
Gotta Be Good — Ralph Covert
Ups and Downs — Jim Gill
Row the Boat — Robert Jenson
Fast and Slow — Laurie Berkner Band
Ring Around the Rosie — Caspar Babypants
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

My victory for this session was seeing one of my babies from the spring session of Baby Storytime absolutely FLOURISH in Shake, Shimmy whereas in Baby Storytime, she was withdrawn and uncomfortable. While I can’t say exactly what has caused this change, I am so very encouraged and inspired by it! The kids in general are getting so comfortable with the program and our space — I had a couple of kid running warm-up circles around the room before the crowd arrived.

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

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