A Sampling of Storytelling and Puppetry Workshop Topics for Adults
Workshops: 90 minutes – 3 hours Residency Workshops 1–3 days
Librarians and Educators: Early Childhood, Elementary – High School
(3 hours – 3 days)
· Building Community (using storytelling and puppetry activities for bonding, peacemaking, and diversity awareness)
· Character Education and Storytelling (introduces the art of storytelling and its role in sharing value-laden messages, provides sources for stories, and discusses storytelling styles)
· Dynamite Children’s Programs (developing programs for preschool – elementary school with stories, puppets, creative dramatics, and other age-appropriate activities)
Get Ready! Get Set! It’s Preschool Storytime (how to
find appropriate stories and tools to create thematic programs that
will entertain and educate young children)
Join Right In! (participation stories, creative
dramatics, and activities with music, sounds, movements, and more make
active partners in storytime programs)
· Just Tell It! (how to tell stories without using a book as a prop, with ways to learn stories, where to find them, and developing a storytelling style).
· Kids Tell: (teaching children to tell stories builds confidence, taps into diverse learning styles, and improves their listening and speaking skills)
· Mascot Puppets (integrating puppets into daily activities in classroom, library, and home)
· Not Just for Little Kids (discusses program content, presentation techniques, and trouble-shooting for Pre-Teen and Young Adult storytelling programs).
· Puppet Learning Fun! (integrating puppets into specific areas of the curriculum: science, math, social studies, language arts, and more).
· Puppet Talk (using puppets for conflict resolution and oral presentations: book reports, wax museums, biographical or historical research, and more)
· Sharing the Limelight (using puppets with preschool through middle-school in library and classroom).
· Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds (parent-toddler storytime programs)
· Test This! (use storytelling to orally reinforce reading and writing standards in the classroom)
· Yes, You Can! Storytelling in the Classroom and Library (storytelling techniques and resources for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms)
· Make & Take (hands-on workshop to create puppets, props, and tools demonstrated earlier).
· Demonstration (program added to workshop to demonstrate workshop content)
· Family Stories: Building Bridges Across Generations (family stories are important; discover how to find and share them)
· My Story, Your Story (how to develop an oral history project where children gather and share stories from other generations)
· It’s Personal: You Can Find Resolve, Confidence, and Stories to Share
· Let the Magic Begin: Puppets for Children of All Ages – The How and Why
· Make It Your Own: Researching, Rewriting, and Giving Your Original Voice to Stories
· Storytelling, Puppetry, and Emergent Literacy
Residency options are determined by the amount of time spent with students.
Workshops may be combined or developed specifically to meet local needs or topics.