Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 11/17


The Plan

Music Class Today! by David Weinstone
I know that I’ve used this book before and will continue to use it again. It depicts so many of the things that kids will see in our Music & Movement programs, it’s a great primer for them before we start. I also think it’s important to reinforce that kids may not join in right away and that’s okay too!


The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Hello, Goodbye — Caspar Babypants
Move Like an Animal — Birdie’s Playhouse
If You’re Happy and You Know It — Old Town School of Folk Music
El Train — Laura Doherty
Pop Goes the Weasel — Caspar Babypants
Dance Floor Super Hero — The Fresh Beat Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I kicked today off with a cover of a Beatles song, by Caspar Babypants: Hello, Goodbye. Some of the best reactions came not from caregivers (who did really appreciate it!), but from co-workers who heard it passing by the door or through the vent system. They had a great time with it!

Move Like an Animal was fun and initiated a great game of pretend with all of the kiddos. And another version of If You’re Happy and You Know It drew in the caregivers around the room. We kept that interaction going by jumping on the El Train and traveling around the room.

For our scarves, we practiced tossing them into the air when Caspar Babypants said “POP” during Pop Goes the Weasel and then they became superhero capes with Dance Floor Super Hero. A fabulous program with lots of fun had by all.

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

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