Family Storytime: Music & Dance

Hi Guys! So we are back to our summer schedule for storytimes, which means no weekly baby storytimes for a bit 😦 BUT I am still doing my family storytimes and this week I thought I’d go along with the summer reading theme of Libraries Rock! and revolve my theme around music and dance.

Here’s what I planned:

  • SONG – Top of the Morning
    • This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.
  • HELLO RHYME – Say Hello
    • This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
  • MOVEMENT STRETCH – Simon Says…
    • Who doesn’t love a good round of Simon Says? I figured I could throw in some music themed actions and help us get warmed up.

Then we get into our theme:

    • I also teach my group a few American Sign Language signs to go with every theme. This is great to help frustrated little ones communicate but it also helps make our world a better place by fostering communicatio51hey-mzijl-_sx497_bo1204203200_n with each other. We have a large deaf community near my library so learning just a few signs are great! I usually use Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language.
  • BOOK – Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma WilsonI love this one for the rhyme and for the fun sounds we get to make as we read this one.
  • ACTION RHYME – The Finger Band is Coming to Town
    • Another Jbrary gem! We get to use our fingers to pretend play lots of instruments.
  • FREEZE DANCE – Can’t Stop the Feeling from The Trolls Soundtrack
    • A music themed storytime is perfect for a game of freeze dance and this is the perfect song to get into funny dance positions with.
  • BOOK – Violet’s Music by Angela JohnsonThis is a great storytime book–a little long but worth it for it’s diversity and the lesson learn. A book all about finding staying true to who you are and eventually you will find your niche. 51t6gqshrzl-_sx388_bo1204203200_
  • RHYME in the Round – Row, Row, Row Your Boat
    • I am going to TRY to introduce the concept of singing in a round. I am going to split the room into thirds and I am going to point when each group should start singing and then we will talk about how we just make music together. We’ll see how it goes!
  • SONG w/ SHAKERS – Happy Feet from Dancin’ Magic by Joanie Bartel
    • You can’t have a music themed storytime without breaking out those shakers!

Finally, we finish up with:

  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
  • Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
    • Everyone helps put our shakers away
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go: This one was a lot of fun! I probably could have used a shorter second book but I sort of summed it up, instead of reading every word and all was well. We loved doing Simon Says and the freeze dance was awesome!

That’s all for now!





Author: MarandaLee

Children's Librarian. Connoisseur of all things bookish.

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