Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/27

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

Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat-Tat by Gene Baer
I had the kids clap and stomp during this book which meant that I had to get very loud for everyone to hear my voice. Luckily, that’s not a problem for me. The kids did have a little trouble getting quiet as the book wound down, but since they were still engaged, I was happy.

Activity Scarves!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Movin’ Groovin’ — Mr. Jon & Friends
There’s a Little Wheel A’Turning — Laurie Berkner
Wiggle Your Lah-De-Dah — Ralph Covert
Hula Hoop — Laura Doherty
Under the Sea — Georgiana Stewart
Twist and Shout — The Fresh Beat Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I don’t know if there’s anything sweeter than watching kids dancing to “There’s a Little Wheel A’Turning”. Our last three songs were all scarf songs. We spun our scarves in a circle for “Hula Hoop”, swam with our scarves being fish for “Under the Sea”, and did a modern twist (ha!) on a classic with the Fresh Beat Band’s cover of “Twist and Shout”. Mr. Jon & Friends has become my favorite new discovery of the summer and “Movin’ Groovin'” continues the trend of thrills from the kiddos!

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

2 comments on “Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/27

  1. Donna
    November 28, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Love your blog! Did I see where you suggested the title/author of a music CD that was specifically designed for using with the activity scarves? Looked through previous entries and couldn’t find the title. If so, would love the title again…thank you!

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

      Johnette Downing has a CD called THE SECOND LINE: SCARF ACTIVITY SONGS. It’s a good one!

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