This was my first story time I ever planned on my own. I did it in March of 2014, and it went over very well. It kept the kids very active which cut down on behavior issues.
I started with my usual opening song: “If You Want to Hear a Story.” (Words here.)
Then, I introduced my theme, and we talked about our favorite ways to dance.
Our first book was Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson.
The kids loved calling out the refrain throughout the story and seeing what kind of mess Hilda would create next.
Then, I tried to appeal to the kids who would inevitably be forced to dance with the others against their will or sit while their friends had fun without them with an original poem, “I Do Not Like to Dance.”
I do not like to dance,
I do not like to prance.
You cannot make me move.
You cannot make me groove.
I do not like it, don’t you see?
Dancing is just not for me.
But every wiggle you keep in
Is a dance that might have been.
Every shake, shimmy, and tapping of a shoe
Is a dance itself, that much is true.
So, don’t be shy, let your dances out
Because that, after all, is what dancing is all about.
After learning how important and fun dance could be, we went on to our next book–Boogie Monster by Josie Bissett.
While we were standing, I moved on to another movement song.
Can You Move With Me?
(to the tune of “Do Your Ears Hang Low”)
Can you wiggle like a worm,
Can you squiggle, can you squirm?
Can you flutter, can you fly, Like a gentle butterfly?
Can you crawl upon the ground
Like a beetle that is round? Can you move with me?
Can you flip? Can you flop?
Can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you give a little shake?
Can you dance like a bee
who is buzzing in a tree?
Can you move with me?
(Found at KCLS.)
As we settled back down, we did a dance fingerplay.
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy. Put them all to bed.
Found at KCLS.
Our final book was Hokey Pokey: Another Prickly Love Story by Lisa Wheeler.
For this one, I did storytelling without the book. Though there was some initial grumbling about missing the pictures, the kids soon got into it as I acted out each character and performed the various dances. The adults in the group enjoyed the more sophisticated humor thrown in too, and it became a big hit all around.
After that book, what else could we do but dance the “Hokey Pokey?”
Then, it was time for my usual closing song “Goodbye, Goodbye,” and for us to leave. We did not do a craft this week since I was just filling in at the last minute.