Since our summer session of “Shake, Shimmy, & Dance” was so successful, I started doing a monthly event in 2015.
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
This is a great book to get everyone up and moving. It poses the question of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and answers by having the kids do a variety of movements and motions. The best, most wonderful part about (most of) Cabrera’s books is that you can end the book whenever your crowd gets done. Just don’t do it with “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”, haha.
Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Can’t Wait to Celebrate — Jim Gill
Freeze Dance — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Music (Keeps Me Movin’) — Fresh Beat Band
Singing With My Ukulele — Mr. Jon & Friends
Shake With You — The Learning Groove
I Know a Chicken — Laurie Berkner Band
Give a Hug — Bari Koral Family Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins
How It Went
Do you want to have a song stuck in your head until the end of your days? Listen to Mr. Jon & Friends’ “Singing With My Ukulele” — it is the CATCHIEST song ever! Another group that’s new to me; we were delighted with some new music! Kids really loved waiting with Jim Gill and had a great time with the Freeze Dance. I always get a few kids who are determined to freeze in funny faces and that makes me so happy.
(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)