Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

March 2009

Jump Jim Joe

Listen to the whole song on Dancing Feet, or hear it here:

This simple partner dance is such a favorite that my students ask for it almost every class! I think part of the reason is that it is a wonderful social opportunity for them to interact with many other students, even though it is only for a short time. Everyone is included! Please be sure to demonstrate the short dance before inviting children to begin dancing. I do this dance as a "snowball dance" – one couple begins while all other children watch and sing. Then each of the original children picks a new partner from those sitting. Now 4 are dancing. Then each of those dancing picks a new partner from those sitting – and 8 are dancing. And so on, until ALL are dancing. I advise the children to pick from those who have not danced yet, until EVERYONE is dancing. Then we sing the song an additional time or two so that everyone gets to dance with whoever they'd like to partner with.

What about a child who doesn't want to dance? I encourage them to accept another child's invitation, but if they refuse, I invite them to dance with me. If they are still uncomfortable joining in, I make sure they are out of harm's way, and let them watch the fun. It usually only takes a time or two before everyone is dancing!

Lyrics:

Jump, jump, jump Jim Joe!
Nod your head and shake your head
And tap your toe.
'Round and 'round and 'round you'll go
Then you find another partner and
You Jump Jim Joe!

Movements:

Do as the song says: Jump while holding hands with your partner. Nod. Shake. Tap. Then do a two-hands circle until you sing "Find another partner". Drop your partner's hands and quickly find another partner and repeat the dance.

Be sure that the children say "thank you" to their final partner!

Age Range: 4 - Adults!

Purpose: Social interaction, following a pattern and sequence, eye contact

Other Songs Like This: "The Partner Dance" on Stinky Cake, "The Muffin Man Dance" on Sticky Bubble Gum (a simpler partner dance without changing partners) and "Ach Ja" on Dancing Feet!

Photo: Scarf Dance Blues

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