Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The Shape Song Swingalong
(with included DVD)
With the new year approaching, my thoughts turn to storytime series. I know that there are proponents of storytimes without themes, as well as those with themes. Personally, I often offer the themed variety, and I have great fun with the theme of "shapes."
This new book from Barefoot will definitely be a new addition to my "shapes" session. I never pass up an opportunity to dance in storytime. (I once developed an entire chicken-themed storytime just to accompany a "Chicken Dance" lesson. Next time they're invited to a wedding, they'll be prepared!)
So what's the big draw in The Shape Song Swingalong? Besides the brightly-colored, multicultural illustrations? Why, it's the dance, of course! A "YMCA" styled dance, featuring lines, triangles, circles and squares.
Pair this one with a few great shape-centered books, Hap Palmer's song, "Triangle, Circle or Square" song, and the opportunity to create pictures from pre-cut shapes. Words, dance, music and art together - the home run of storytime!