Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 10/12

It’s back to school and back to the monthly format for Shake, Shimmy, & Dance


The Plan

If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
Today was a day off of school for many of my older kids, so I turned to a favorite book and decided that I’d brave the parachute as our special prop for the day. “If You’re Happy and You Know It” is a fantastic read-aloud and I did sing the book. I invited families to participate and the volume in the room got noisy fast! I did skip a few pages so that the book didn’t go too long.


The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Jump Up (It’s a Good Day) — Brady Rymer
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner
Reach for the Sky — Fresh Beat Band
Take the Sun — Caspar Babypants
Freeze! — Michael Plunkett
Falling — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I had such a great time in SSD today. I wasn’t feeling 100% since I had a busy weekend and the program really lifted my spirits and got me energized to be here for the rest of the week. During “Jump Up”, I had kids high five each other for the line “making friends”. I demonstrated with one of my regulars at the front and then had a line of kids who wanted to high five me. We had to take a high five break. I dropped leaves on the parachute for “Falling” and stayed underneath for a lot of it to make sure that the leaves fell towards each of the kids. A perfect autumn treat!

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

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