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 2012

Skip To My Lou

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

Spring is in the air! It makes kids want to skip – and here's a wonderful traditional tune that's an individual, circle AND partner dance! On my recording, the directions are built into the song, but first teach the children to slap their knees, clap hands, arms up! It'll make it easier when it comes to that part of the song.

Skipping is a physical skill – it may take a while to catch on. I've seen good 2-year old skippers, and 5 year olds who struggle with the rhythm of skipping. Break it down – step hop, step hop, step hop!

Lyrics:

Skip skip skip to my lou
Skip skip skip to my lou
Skip skip skip to my lou
Skip to my lou my darling.

Lost my partner, what'll I do?
Lost my partner, what'll I do?
Lost my partner, what'll I do?
Skip to my lou my darling.

I'll find another one, how 'bout you?
I'll find another one, how 'bout you?
I'll find another one, how 'bout you?
Skip to my lou my darling

Circle with your partner, skip to my lou.
Circle with your partner, skip to my lou.
Circle with your partner, skip to my lou.
Skip to my lou my darling.

The Dance:

Part 1: Everyone skips carefully in a circle – everyone going the same direction! Practice before singing the song.

Part 2: Stop skipping, face the inside of the circle. Slap knees, clap hands, hands up to the sides, questioningly. Repeat.

Part 3: Put one hand to forehead – "a looking hand" and walk around until you find a partner. Hold their hands.

Part 4: 2-hand circle round with partner. At end of verse, leave your partner and start with Part 1 again!

Repeat the sequence 2 more times. To end the song, bow to your partner and say "thank you!

Age Range: 4 - 7 year olds

Purpose: This is a wonderful combination of physical skills, coordination, partnering/appropriate social skills, and listening and singing while doing the dance! It's a favorite!

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