Monkeying Around (Ooh Ooh Ooh, Ah Ah!)

We started off by sitting in a circle with the “itsy bitsy spider” and “Bath time”. But we quickly got up and started moving around to a train themed medley of “Down by the Station” and “Working on the Railroad”. Soon afterwards, we got into working on the traditional clave rhythm. We started out by making monkey sounds to the beat and dancing to “5 Little Monkeys”. And then returned to our circle to clap it and drum it out on the floor. We played through some familiar songs which share the clave rhythm including “Bo Diddley” and “Alice the Camel”. The children did a wonderful job at passing around and sharing the clave. The children are bursting with excitement. So, my main goal is to focus that energy into something we can all do together.