When I got in the car to go to work and the first song on the radio was “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett, I decided it was it was a good omen for the day’s storytime theme – Dancing! And even though we didn’t do the watusi in storytime, it was pretty fun.
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song
MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth
“Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
FLANNELBOARD COUNTING SONG:
Instruments – patterns found via Google Image Search and Microsoft Office
5 Ballet Dancers
Five ballet dancers
Dancing on their toes.
They twirl, spin and jump,
then off the stage one goes!
Continue counting down until…
One ballet dancer
Dancing on his/her toes.
S/He twirls, spins, and jumps,
Then off the stage s/he goes!
How many ballet dancers are left?
And what do we do when the show is over?
MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass
“Barn Dance”, “Mambo”, and “The Swan” from HBO’s Classical Baby: The Dance Show
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
One Little Chicken: A Counting Book by David Elliott
Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown
Ten Go Tango by Arthur Dorros
HOW IT WENT
This was a pretty good storytime, overall. It was my first time using both these books in storytime, so it’s interesting to see how they went over. Duck Sock Hop seemed a little bit long for the toddlers, maybe because it’s still so early in the storytime session. I really like the book though, so maybe I would try it with preschoolers instead. Dancing Feet worked well, however, especially when you can get the kids to make the different animal feet rhythms with their own feet.
I LOVE the Classical Baby : The Dance Show DVD. It has some really great episodes on it – I just wish my favorites were all in a row so that they were easier to show together. That was basically how I selected the chapters I would play for this storytime – which scenes did I like well that were in a row.
ATTENDANCE: 10 am: 42 people 11 am: 38 people
DATE PRESENTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012