Dance Story Time

Dance, Rattle & Roll Story Time (Session 5)

I had 62 people at this session. The least amount I’ve ever had but finally a more manageable number! I’m expecting even less at this week’s session. The first three weeks of August are a ghost town in our area. Everyone is on vacation. So this Wednesday might even be calm! (Haha!)

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Book: Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth; illustrated by Jane Porter

duck sock hop

Rhyming book about ducks and socks. This went over much better than Goldi Rocks last week!

Welcome Song: Clap Your Hands by Old Town School of Folk Music

Song: Get Your Move On by Mr. Jon & Friends

Song: Jump Up (It’s A Good Day) by Brady Rymer


Song: The Shaker Song by Rocknoceros

Song: Shake It! by Sally’s Music Circle

We returned the egg shakers and listened to one more song before moving on to our library band.

Song: Little Red Wagon by Old Town School of Folk Music


I laid out a big container of instruments: cymbals, drums, shakers, etc.

Song: Happy by Pharrell Williams

I gathered all the instruments. I was going to play a song in between library band and parachute time but for some reason it didn’t play. So we moved right on to the parachute!


Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

On our last verse where we see a crocodile and scream we lifted the parachute over our heads and screamed underneath of it.

Song: The Grand Old Duke of York

First we did the song with the kids sitting on the ground using the parachute. Then I had everyone stand up and we did it again.

Song: Popcorn by Barenaked Ladies

I had the kids do Popcorn with me again. We practiced going slow and then increasing our speed before I even started the music and I think that helped a lot. Then I had the kids run underneath the parachute for our last song and the adults and I operated the parachute.

Song: All Together Now by The Beatles

I gathered up the parachute and we had one more song before bubbles.

Song: Five Little Monkeys by Old Town School of Folk Music


I turned the lights off and it was time for bubbles and a lullaby song.

Song: Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

The kids were of course gathered around the bubble machine jumping and popping bubbles. So I let them be crazy for one song. Then I stopped the bubble machine and we all lay down on the floor or with our grown up to relax for the second lullaby song.

Song: Skidamarink by Old Town School of Folk Music

I turned the lights back on and we sang our goodbye song.

Goodbye Song: Goodbye by Old Town School of Folk Music

Done! I think this session was a lot more controlled than previous sessions. I had less people and more experience running things. We only have one more session this summer!

(I have to, again, give credit to Miss Katie and her Shake, Shimmy & Dance story time as well as the local gym I take my son to for the inspiration.)

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 1

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 2

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 3

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 4

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