Families: Music

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



Be Quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli
Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
Music Class Today! by David Weinstone*
Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Dragon Dreams*

Featured Track: #13 We Make Some Noise Together*

Flannelboard: Seals on the Bus*

Props: Handbells with Track #13

Repeating Extension Activities

I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:

  • ABCs
  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Everyone Can March
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes*
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Pat-a-Cake
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom*

How It Went

We had a very noisy class today! (I had compliments from our Technical Services department which shares a wall with our meeting room.) Both books were immediate successes and we had a great time clapping along to Tanka Tanka Skunk. But the best part of the day was definitely when I let the kids have handbells to shake along to “We Make Some Noise Together.” The kids loved getting their energy out and I liked getting to watch them actually use an instrument.

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