Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 10/21


The Plan

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
A book guaranteed to get kids up, moving, and laughing. I loved watching all of my friends trying to get that pesky bug out of their shirts. Today was a day off of school for some of our districts, so I had more preschoolers and kindergarteners than usual which was great because they understood the humor!

Wrist Ribbons!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Jump Up! (It’s a Good Day) — Brady Rymer
Dance With Me — The Not-Its
At the Bottom of the Sea — Ralph Covert
Up & Down — Miss Nina and the Jumping Jacks
De Colores — Old Town School of Folk Music
There’s a Little Wheel a’Turning in My Heart — Laurie Berkner
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

Our first three songs were: “Jump Up! (It’s a Good Day)” that has instructions in the music, “Dance With Me” which we did as a free dance, and “At the Bottom of the Sea” where we pretended to be swimming in the ocean. Today’s activity songs were: “Up & Down” where we practiced waving our ribbons up and down, “De Colores” where we wave our scarves around, and “There’s a Little Wheel a’Turning in My Heart” where we turned our scarves around for the wheel.

There is something about “There’s a Little Wheel a’Turning in My Heart” that really gets me choked up. I have to actively avoid thinking about what I’m saying when I’m leading the group in the song! The kids LOVED swimming in the room. I had such enthusiastic friends during that number! And excellent jumpers during “Jump Up! (It’s a Good Day)”.

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

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