Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/22

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

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
When this book flopped last year (due to no fault of its own!), I knew I’d give a repeat performance this year. And I was so, so happy that I did! Everyone was up and dancing and moving and it was great. A perfect Shake, Shimmy book.


The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
It Takes Some Friends — Jim Gill
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner
Heartbeat — Laura Doherty
Take the Sun — Caspar Babypants
Hot Poppin’ Popcorn — The Wiggles
Dizzy — Lunch Money
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I went fifty-fifty on this playlist. Some new, some old. Overall, every song did really well and I was very happy with this playlist. I loved the pace of “Heartbeat” and I was able to sneak in some early literacy tips to parents about how this was preschool science. “Dizzy” didn’t work quite as well as I wanted it to because the kids had a hard time walking and holding to the parachute. It was a much younger Shake, Shimmy crowd than I normally get in the summer. But my awesome parents and caregivers definitely stepped up their game with the parachute and made it work!

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

3 comments on “Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/22

  1. Danielle
    April 27, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    I know these are old put I was wondering if you could include notes on how you used each song. I know some are obvious but others are less so.

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

      I can plan to do that in the future, but I won’t be updating old posts.

  2. liz
    September 24, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    Hi Katie,

    What were the differences between the first and second time you used this book that made it more successful? Thanks! – Liz

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