Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/17

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

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
This was a new book in the library and after I read it to determine where it was going to go in our picture book collection, I knew that it was going to be a Shake, Shimmy group. Lots of opportunities to dance, beautiful illustrations, and an energetic little girl to convince all the kids it was time to dance! I wish it had worked as well as it should have.

Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Jump, Jump — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Clap It! — Bari Koral Family Rock Band
The Hokey Pokey — Traditional
The Milkshake Song — Old Town School of Folk Music
I Know a Chicken — Laurie Berkner Band
Shake Your Shakes Slowly — Kathy Reid-Naiman
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I had a little girl today turn on the music while I was reading “I Got the Rhythm” and it threw the whole book off which made me very sad. Then “The Hokey Pokey” was kind of a flop. The kids really didn’t know what to do and weren’t dancing like they normally do. Even when they don’t do the motions that I’m doing, they generally keep moving and they just didn’t. But! “The Milkshake Song” saved me and the program. The kids had an amazing time with it and I had three parents request the CD after the program.

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


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