Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/15

During the summer, we’ve switched to a weekly format again! I’m packing in between 60-120 people in a room and we are DANCING ourselves silly!


The Plan

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
When re-launching a program, I always reach for a tried and true favorite. I can think of no better book than Eric Carle’s “From Head to Toe”. It’s got great movement and strong illustrations. Better yet — it’s a large book so it’s great to hold up for a big crowd!

Activity Scarves!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Sunny Day — Elizabeth Mitchell
Take Your Two Eyes — Dreamtree Shakers
Head Shoulders — Mr. Jon & Friends
Blast Off! — Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights
De Colores — Old Town School of Folk Music
Butterfly — Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Twist! Stop! Hop! — Ronno
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

For a first launch, we had a great turn-out and the room was packed! I decided that for the summer we should do three prop songs at the end. Once we put the props away, the kids are cued to find a friend to shake with and then it’s time to go. It worked great today! The kids really enjoyed pinching the scarves in the middle to make a butterfly and I really enjoyed getting to tell parents about how that’s a great way to get kids ready to write.

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

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