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Storytime at Home: I Love to Dance

I Love to Dance by Anna Walker


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Storytime at Home: I Love to Dance




I Love to DanceRead with Ms. Tracy

by Anna Walker

Dancing, jumping, making noise while reading help young children associate positive experiences with reading, building what's called "emergent comprehension." In I Love to Dance, Ollie LOVES to Dance, and your children can join in the fun with him!

Read, shake, and move along with Ms. Tracy as she reads I Love to Dance by Alice Walker.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for giving us permission to read this and many other books for Storytime at Home!





Instruments in the BandInstruments in the Band video

What can we listen to while we dance? Music!

Time to talk about different instruments and the sounds that they make. Once you have all of your instruments ready it will be time to sing Instruments in the Band.

Learn, sing and play along with Ms. Charlene!

Instruments in the Band (song)

(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus) 

The drums in the band go rat-a-tat-tat,



The drums in the band go rat-a-tat-tat

all through the song.


The guitar in the band goes strum, strum, strum, 

Strum, strum, strum, 

Strum, strum, strum,

The guitar in the band goes strum, strum, strum 

all through the song.


The keyboard in the band goes plink, plink, plink...

The microphone in the band goes tra la la la la...




Create Your Own Instruments

Create your own instruments using household items!

Here are some ideas:

Egg shakers

  1. Use plastic eggs and fill with rice, beans, popcorn kernels, or seeds. 
  2. Glue the egg pieces together or use tape to secure them.
  3. Shake it up to make some music!


  1. Use an empty cereal box and cut a circle out of the middle. 
  2. Take rubber bands and stretch them across the cereal box to create a guitar. 
  3. Use your fingers to strum on your guitar strings. 


  1. Find an empty jar, can, or container. 
  2. Use a plastic bag or piece of fabric to cover the opening. 
  3. Secure the bag over the opening with a rubber band, hair tie, or string. 
  4. Use pencils or spoons as drumsticks and play your drum!

If you want to get even more creative paint the outside of your drum, or use construction paper to color and then paste around the outside of your drum.

egg shakers Cereal box guitar Homemade drums




Dance Party! Dance party

Get ready to dance all around the house just like Ollie! Grab your instruments and make your own music, sing nursery rhymes, play some favorite songs and even try listening to some new songs!




Keep on dancing with these books:


Monday, May 18, 2020

Jacksonville Public Library