If you are not aware of the polar vortex that has gone through the Midwest, allow me to tell you, it has been COLD! We’ve also been hit with excessive snow in the past two weeks, so I didn’t have high hopes for Monday night’s music and movement program. However, we had a few die hard families venture out for some dancing, and I led them in a magical program.
We always start out these programs with the stretchy bands. This gives families time to get into the program room, take off coats and such, and get settled in. We always do “My Bonnie” by Jim Gill, which has us move the band up and down every time a word starts with the letter B. We also did the same thing to the song “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” by Helena Bonham Carter.
Next we got warmed up by skipping around the room to “We’re Off to See the Wizard” from The Wizard of Oz soundtrack. It was a lot of fun seeing the littles try to skip. We also did a freeze dance during the warm-up period. I played “Magic” by Stimulator, from the Ella Enchanted soundtrack, and everyone freestyle danced until the music stopped and we had to freeze until it started up again. I think I could have used a slightly more upbeat song, as some folks lost motivation to keep dancing after a while, but it was still a fun activity.
The book I read this week was This Book Is Magic by Ashley Evanson. It is an interactive book that has the kids use their fingers to complete magic tricks. The nice thing about having such a small group, was that we were able to sit in a circle and really let the kids interact with the book, which is extremely rare at these programs.
After the book, I broke out the rainbow ribbons! I can’t think of a more magical music and movement prop. We started with “Ribbons in the Air” by Dr. Pam Schiller, which tells you how to shake the ribbon.
Then we moved on to freestyle dance with the ribbons. I played “Magic” by B.O.B. and we just went wild. This is such a great dancing song, AND it is completely child appropriate.
I wanted to do “Little Bunny Foo Foo” for this program, so I tried to come up with a fun way to have everyone moving around during the song. I laid bean bags out around the room, and then we hopped around “scooping up the field mice (bean bags) and bopping them on the head.” We listened to the Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael version of the song, which is fantastic.
Finally it was time to bring out the parachute. Since we had such a small group, I actually used our smaller parachute this week instead of the giant one. It wasn’t as fun for the kids who were running under it, but we barely had enough adults to shake the small chute. I played “Strange Magic” by Darren Hayes, from the Ella Enchanted soundtrack (if you can’t tell I am slightly obsessed with this soundtrack right now), followed by “Magic” by Selena Gomez, from the Wizards of Waverly Place.
We always finish the program by laying on the floor and watching “stars” (made by shining a projector onto a disco ball) with the lights turned off. We’ve always listened to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” but are hoping to try some new songs. So we listened to a very short version of “Twinkle Twinkle,” followed by “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Cliff Edwards. What a beautiful song to end the program with!