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Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 8/16

This was a special August edition of Shake, Shimmy, and Dance to help draw a crowd for our first ever Preschool Fair. I hosted this event outside using our portable CD player because our meeting room was set-up for the Fair that started immediately afterwards.

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The Plan

ifyourehappyandyouknowit
Book
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
If you really want caregivers to participate, you need to bring out this book. The grown-ups were dancing around and helping me build suspense as I prepared to turn each page. The movements vary from large to small and kids love guessing what each animal will do.

Props
Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Can’t Wait to Celebrate — Jim Gill
The Wheels on the Bus — Mr. Jon and Friends
Freeze Dance — Joanie Leeds
Music Keeps Me Movin’ — Fresh Beat Band
I Can Shake My Shaker Egg — The Learning Groove
I Know a Chicken — Laurie Berkner
Give a Hug — Bari Koral Family Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

This was a really fun experiment and I’m glad that I tried it! It was a little weird being outside and not having an enclosed space, but I asked caregivers to have their eyes on their kiddos at all times. There was only one time that a kid left the grass area and their caregiver was immediately on it.

(For an example of the Powerpoint (although this outdoors version did not have Powerpoint!) and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/26

It’s summer time again, which means eight weeks straight of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance! This was our last week for this summer!

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The Plan

musicclasstoday
Book
Music Class Today! by David Weinstone
I thought that using this book as a closer to the Shake, Shimmy, & Dance session would be a fun idea to review all the things we had done together. The kids really seemed to enjoy the page spreads that showed activities we do in Shake, Shimmy like shaker eggs, singing songs, and even the clean-up page got “We do that!” cheers of excitement. The other reason that I like using this book is that it reassures caregivers and more hesitant children that it’s okay to do things at your own speed. And I really liked ending on “Come back another day” for the last week.

Props
Wrist Ribbons!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Get Your Move On — Mr. Jon & Friends
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner
Jump, Jump — Joanie Leeds
Your Own Dances Moves — The Learning Groove
Got the Wiggles — Michael Plunkett
All My Colors — Ralph Covert
Train Song — Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I went with a lot of tried and true favorites for this last Shake, Shimmy of the summer season. The first three songs: “Get Your Move On”, “The Airplane Song”, and “Jump, Jump” all have instructions in the music which makes it easy to follow along and for grown-ups to participate. And I still believe that nothing beats doing “The Airplane Song” with seventy-six people.

“Your Own Dance Moves” was new to me and I had the families do a free dance to the song because the lyrics involved a lot of different movements. Some of the caregivers listened and helped their child to follow the song, but it also worked as a free dance.

Our props today were the wrist ribbons. “Got the Wiggles” has instructions and I have to say that it was not as successful as I wanted. While I really enjoy direction songs, I find that the Michael Plunkett CDs through Kimbo are not always loud enough to catch the attention of my large group, even with our sound system. During “All My Colors”, I asked kids to find a friend or a few friends to make a rainbow together with their ribbons. I enjoy promoting social skills in the program! Finally, we formed a train around the room, heading into station clean-up! As the kids reached the front table, I asked them to put their ribbons away. It worked like a charm!

An excellent wrap to the Shake, Shimmy summer season. I’ll be doing a stand-alone event in August outside for the first time! Look out for that write-up coming soon!

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

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/19

It’s summer time again, which means eight weeks straight of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance!

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The Plan

nosetotoesyouareyummy
Book
Nose to Toes, You Are Yummy by Karen Beaumont
This is a very similar book to Eric Carle’s From Head to Toe and a positive addition to the Shake, Shimmy books. I had a lot of babies in the audience today and we talked about how this could be modified for babies by touching the body part that the book is talking about. Also, any book that gives a chance to reaffirm children that they are loved is a plus in my book.

Props
Parachute!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Kidquake! — The Not-Its
If You’re Happy and You Know It — Songs for Wiggleworms
Mr. Eric’s Jumping Song — The Learning Groove
Reach for the Sky — Fresh Beat Band
Popcorn — Joanie Leeds
Fast and Slow — Laurie Berkner
Take the Sun — Caspar Babypants
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

A very bizarre attendance spike happened today. Last week, we hit a low of only 51 in attendance. This normally happens in July between the hot weather and families taking vacations before school starts again in August. But today, I had 81 in attendance. Thumbs up!

For our first song “Kidquake”, I had kids dance until they heard the word SHAKE and then they were encouraged to shake their hands or bodies. The next two songs both have instructions in them and we followed them. I made sure to tell caregivers that “Mr. Eric’s Jumping Song” was a harder song for the preschoolers in the audience. If their child could only jump/bounce, that was perfectly fine.

And then I had the best parachute day I’ve had. We popped crumpled up white paper popcorn on the chute to “Popcorn”; shook fast and slow during “Fast and Slow”; and raised the parachute up and down while the kids went underneath during “Take the Sun”. My caregivers were AWESOME during the clean-up of the parachute and really helped the kids. I need to get more paper popcorn going though because I had to go under the chute to help it stop gathering in one particular spot.

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

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/12

It’s summer time again, which means eight weeks straight of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance!

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The Plan

aintgonnapaint
Book
I Ain’t Gonna Paint by Karen Beaumont
I think the parents and caregivers laughed the loudest I’ve ever heard right before we almost said “butt”. It seemed to be one of those days when the book and the crowd were perfectly matched. The kids had fun pretending to paint themselves with their imaginary paintbrushes and it was good body identification practice. It was a good warm-up before we started dancing.

Props
Shaker Eggs!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Hands Are for Clapping — Jim Gill
Everybody’s Jumping — Aaron Nigel Smith
Heartbeat — Laura Doherty
Milkshake — Old Town School of Folk Music
I Know a Chicken — Laurie Berkner
Maraca Cha-Cha — Monkey Monkey Music
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

This was an ambitious playlist. I wound up skipping the song “Maraca Cha-Cha” because we were already over time and still had to say goodbye. I typically aim for my playlists to be between 16-18 minutes. With the book, introductions to each song and time to pass out/collect the prop, this works out well 95% of the time. Sometimes we end a little early and sometimes we have to skip a song.

Today’s first three songs all have instructions in the lyrics. My favorite was definitely Laura Doherty’s “Heartbeat” and I really enjoyed watching the caregivers/kids hug during the chorus of the song. My ultimate goal for this program is that parents and caregivers love it just as much as the kids!

For our shaker eggs, I pulled out two classics: “Milkshake” and “I Know a Chicken”. The kids loved these and really enjoyed hearing some favorites. “I Know a Chicken” is just one of those perfect Shake, Shimmy songs.

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

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 7/5

It’s summer time again, which means eight weeks straight of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance!

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The Plan

tiptipdigdig
Book
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
It occurred to me during storytime this past spring that this book would be an excellent Shake, Shimmy book because of the active movement that all the construction vehicles go through. So the kids got up and dug, mixed, lifted, tipped, pushed, and rolled along with me and the book. It was also a good choice because of the short length of the book — after a holiday weekend with lots of excitement, the kids were ready to move!

Props
Activity Bells!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Stomp the Floor — Monkey Monkey Music
I Just Want to Dance — They Might Be Giants
We Are the Dinosaurs — Laurie Berkner
Are You Happy? — Alison Faith Levy
Shake With You — The Learning Groove
Oh Children Ring Your Bells — Kathy Reid-Naiman
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

Today’s SSD saw lower numbers than normal, but I expected that coming off of a holiday weekend. But everyone that attended had a really great time!

We did a lot of stomping in “Stomp the Floor” — loud enough that our first floor computer bank heard us. “I Just Want to Dance” was a silly, fun free dance opportunity for my families. I challenged my grown-ups to teach the kids a dance from their childhood. I then proceeded to demonstrate the Macarena, mashed potato, and YMCA. I led the kids around the room during “We Are the Dinosaurs” and had everyone sit down during “Are You Happy?” to practice our emotion faces. (Full disclosure: this was the least successful song of the day, more preschool than all-ages.)

The bells today were used during “Shake With You” and “Oh Children Ring Your Bells”. Both songs have instructions in the lyrics, although “Shake With You” does say shakers and not bells. No one seemed to mind!

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

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/21

It’s summer time again, which means eight weeks straight of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance!

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The Plan

monsterslovecolors
Book
Monsters Love Covers by Mike Austin
A classic favorite of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance! I’ve been trying to not overuse books, but I can’t help it with this one. Tons of movements, color identifications, a surprise rainbow at the end? They love it! I also like the different kinds of movement (both gross and fine motor) can be done with this book. I make “dance” and “wiggle” large movements, but “squish” and “squash” are smaller hand gestures.

Props
Parachute!

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
Clap Your Hands — Old Town School of Folk Music
Wheels in the City — Laura Doherty
No More Monkeys — Asheba
Under a Shady Tree — Laurie Berkner
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

The group REALLY enjoyed Monsters Love Colors today and I’m happy that I chose it. Both “Jump Up” and “Clap Your Hands” have instructions built into the song. “Dance With Me” was our free dance for the day — there are instructions if parents want to listen, but it was a lot of movement.

I love the first time that I pull out the parachute every session. It’s such a magical experience watching the kids who know and love it squeal, AND watching the first-timers eyes widen as the colors get bigger and bigger. Our parachute songs were: “Wheels in the City” where we held the parachute and walked, making a wheel; “No More Monkeys” which included five stuffed monkeys jumping on the “bed” aka the parachute; and “Under a Shady Tree” which the grown-ups made a “tree” for the kids to run under.

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

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/14

It’s summer time again, which means eight weeks straight of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance!

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The Plan

itsatiger
Book
It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle
I don’t remember if I’ve used this book before, but it’s a great way to get kids up and moving. Then love running from the tiger and climbing and swimming to get away from him. This was a great success although I did do a fair amount of panning the book around the room so that everyone could see the details. I’m wondering about maybe getting a projection system set-up in the future…

Props
Wrist Ribbons!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Reach for the Sky — Alison Faith Levy
Get This Party Started — Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
Wimoweh — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Jumping and Counting — Jim Gill
Colors — Bari Koral Family Rock Band
One, Two, Three, Whee — The Learning Groove
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

This week I saw a lot more regulars back at Shake, Shimmy since it was the official launch for all of our school-age programming this week. I was glad that I had a bright shiny new prop for them to use. Both “Reach for the Sky” and “Jumping and Counting” are direction-based songs — perfect for music and movement programs. I let the kids have a free dance with “Get This Party Started” and we all practiced sleeping and roaring during “Wimoweh”. Both “Colors” and “One, Two, Three, Whee” were our prop songs this week. My boss came in and took video and pictures during this. It’s my first real record of how music and movement works here!

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

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/7

It’s summer time again, which means eight weeks straight of Shake, Shimmy, & Dance!

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The Plan

fromheadtotoe
Book
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
It’s time for another re-launch of the program and I always restart with this title. My friends who have come before know it and participate wholeheartedly. This sets such an awesome example for new friends who have just arrived.

Props
Egg Shakers!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Movin’ Groovin’ — Mr. Jon & Friends
Dance With Me — Fresh Beat Band
Freeze Dance — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Like a Spinning Top — Alison Faith Levy
Shakin’ Everywhere — Jim Gill
Fruit Salad Salsa — Laurie Berkner Band
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I had a great time with a fantastic relaunch today. I think the most energetic song was “Dance With Me” which includes a “jump, jump, jump and slide” chorus. And “Like a Spinning Top” was the probably the most well-received by the crowd. I was happy to have a new artist for Shake, Shimmy! We had shaker eggs out for both “Shakin’ Everywhere” and “Fruit Salad Salsa”. The crowd cleaned up well afterwards and I had many compliments on the program!

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

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 5/9

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

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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.)

Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 4/18

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

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The Plan

fromheadtotoe
Book
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
A classic Shake, Shimmy book. I always like to use it after a “re-boot” and since we take off March because of tax seasons and room reservation conflicts, April always feels like a soft-launch for summer to me. The kids always love this book and when I do Shake, Shimmy I can do all the pages and not skip the donkey kick page since we have enough room during the school year! Also since I was introducing a brand-new prop, it was nice to have a familiar book.

Props
Wrist Ribbons

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Get Your Move On — Mr. Jon & Friends
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner
Wiggledy Woo — The Learning Groove
Jump, Jump — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Roller Coaster — Bari Koral Family
Mixing Up Colors — Yo Gabba Gabba
Wave Your Ribbons In the Air — The Wiggles
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

I am in love with the wrist ribbons. These are great for my babies and toddlers because we can focus on large arm movements and gross motor skills without having to master the fine motor skills of pinching at the same time. For “Roller Coaster”, we practiced lifting our arms up and down while having our wrist ribbons on, making a “whooo” noise along with the song. In “Mixing Up Colors”, we found a friend to mix our colors with promoting social interaction. And “Wave Your Ribbons In the Air” was the first time I used the song and felt correct. (I had previously used scarves with it.) I had a great time with this group today and definitely look forward to using the ribbons over the summer!

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