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Music Story Time

This week we did a music theme because what could possibly be more fun than singing and dancing around all morning? I started, as usual, with my opening song: “If You Want to Hear a Story.”

Then, we jumped right into our first book:  Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson

I was surprised that there weren’t many books for this theme that I liked. I used several good books for my dance theme a while ago, so I assumed that music would be even easier to find cute books for! I wasn’t correct in that assumption. Though there are plenty of children’s books about music, very few of them seem like books the kids will really get into. I wasn’t really sure about this one, to be honest, until I read it to my first group. This was one I liked pretty well, but I figured the kids would either like it or hate it. I was right. Some groups just sat there impatiently for me to finish reading so we could sing, and others got into it commenting on how Violet was growing up so quickly or that it was sad that she couldn’t find any friends to play music with her. Overall, I’d say this book is so-so. Given the selection I had, it was one of the better books.

Next, we all stood up so we could sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.” And sing it we did! One group insisted that we keep going faster and faster; we must have gone through the song ten times. I know I was tired!

Then, I taught them “Apples and Bananas” (Raffi’s version):

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.
I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas.
(Repeat with different vowel sounds in “eat,” the first syllable of “apples,” and the second and third syllables of “bananas.”)

I guess I didn’t remember how hilarious this song was when I was a kid because it was a huge hit! Most of them hadn’t heard it before, and they were squealing with laughter during the second verse. They thought it was the silliest thing ever!

After we all calmed down (and Miss Kat caught her breath after ten rounds of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”), we all sat back down for our flannel this week. I’d like to note that this was not a flannel I made. It was left behind by the youth facilitator before me, so I decided to use it this week since it was “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” I assume she originally found the idea at Recipes for Reading.

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They seemed to like this flannel, but I wish I would have had the time to make other colors for it. Gray is a difficult color for some of my age groups to identify.

Then, we all got settled for our next book:  I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

This was one of the books I knew the kids would like. It has a nice rhythm (as one might assume, given the title), it’s interactive, and it’s pretty fun to act out.

After we caught the rhythm, it was time to stand up and march for “The Ants Go Marching.”

Once we were all marched out, we sat back down for our next book: The Seals On the Bus by Lenny Hort

The kids liked singing along with this book since everyone obviously already knew the tune, and they thought it was hilarious that the people were trapped on a bus with seals, tigers, snakes, rabbits, sheep, and all sorts of other animals.

For some groups, three books was enough, and I went ahead and did my closing song, “Goodbye Goodbye.” For others, they demanded one more book, and that book was Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler

This was another book that I wasn’t sure about. I liked it and thought it was fun, but the kids often have very different opinions than I do. However, this week, we were in agreement. This book has good rhymes and rhythm, highlights different aspects of music, and is pretty sweet at the end.

Our craft this week got all the kids very excited, but I will warn you that it is a lot of prep! I was inspired by Oriental Trading Company’s DIY Paper Guitars. However, I didn’t think my budget would allow for me to spend $20 plus shipping for all the guitars I would need. So, I found a picture online, drew my own template, and cut out 20 guitars out of poster board. Then, because I knew the kids would want to play with them for more than the five seconds it would take for their new poster board guitar to fall apart, I cut strips of cardboard and glued them on the back of the guitar to make it somewhat sturdier. They turned out very cute too.

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Dance Story Time

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.
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This book was a big hit since it focuses on different types of movement and you dance throughout the book. I’m also a big fan of her Tickle Monster book and read it often with my niece and nephew.

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.

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