Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/8

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

Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
Scribble, scribble, mix, dance, and wiggle: what a great chorus and what a great set of new vocabulary for our youngest kiddos to learn! This book gives more than enough opportunity to move around while being read, but also teaches color recognition. One of my favorite new reads of this past year!

Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Jumping With Variations — Ella Jenkins
Skip to My Lou — Old Town School of Folk Music
Let’s Dance Now — Jim Gill
Shake Your Sillies Out — The Wiggles
Fruit Salad Salsa — Laurie Berkner
Shake With You — Eric Litwin and Michael Levine
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I really enjoyed “Skip to My Lou” because the kids decided to play follow the leader and made a line behind me. I was personally exhausted after the first three songs — jumping, skipping, and dancing was a LOT for me to do. And “Jumping With Variations” turned out to be a much longer song in actuality than when I was listening to it in my work space.

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

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