Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 5/9

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

shakeshimmyanddance

The Plan

rowrowrowyourboat
Book
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
This book provides plenty of opportunities to act like animals and get up and move. I also like that I get to sing the book and show caregivers how engaging singing a book can be.

Props
Bells!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Blast Off! — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Can’t Wait to Celebrate — Jim Gill
Surfin’ In My Imagination — Ralph Covert
Open & Shut Them — Ladybug Music
Fruit Salad Salsa — Laurie Berkner Band
Shaky Shaky — The Wiggles
Ring Them on the Floor — Kathy Reid-Naiman
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I welcomed several new families to Shake, Shimmy this week! Our spring session of storytime ended the week beforehand and all of our librarians announced Shake, Shimmy’s May date at the end of their classes. I also brought the bells out of retirement! I tried using the bells during my first summer and they weren’t very successful then. But they were now! We shook our bells to both “Fruit Salad Salsa” and “Shaky Shaky” to practice fast/slow. Our last bell song was “Ring Them on the Floor” to practice high/low, quiet/loud opposites. I had three groups stay as I cleaned up the room just to dance around. It was great to see those relationships continue from our spring session!

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

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