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Course:  Puppet Tales for Children, Ages 4 to 5

Storytelling Arts in Education: Early Childhood Stimulation

Puppetry and storytelling classes for young children and their caregivers

Classes embrace children's social and emotional well-being

Who     Children ages Four to Five and their caregiver

What    Bringing Stories to Life for Young Children

Where  Teacher’s Home Studio and Online as needed

When    Typically offered in 4 to 8 week blocks, once a week, 75 minutes


Why

• Storytelling enhances oral speech, hearing, and language development. A child begins to attach meaning to words and sounds, gains the ability to discern language and develops a working vocabulary.

• Puppetry is welcoming, inclusive, inspires awe and contributes to shared universality.

• Emotional Social Learning (ESL) promotes engaging with others, developing empathy and regulating emotions.

How

• Pods of up to 3 children, an adult family member with each child, gather weekly for course participation

• Various weekly time blocks available, family assigned to one time block/cohort

• Pretend play-based, supported with story prose, verse/nursery rhyme, song speech and movement

Goals

• Support the refinement of language development in the adult brain and in the brain of young child

• Develop protective factor of resilience through attachment and relationship between adult and child

• Build a child’s mental imagery through pretend play and utilizing active imagination

Skills Taught

• Develop voice for storytelling to build warmth, wonder, and meaning through heart-felt sharing

• Learn ways to promote, support and protect the hearing of young children

• Lean into trust, exploration and courage through the process of imitation and creation

• Build adult’s confidence for incorporating storytelling and puppetry in the home

• Explore techniques for puppet crafting and sharing a variety of puppet forms and staging

• Utilize storytelling as an educational vehicle for learning action equals consequences

Fee

Program is provided at no charge to families

Teacher Credential and Qualities

• Sandy Kerns, MEd, MSW, LCSW

• Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership, Master of Science Degree in Social Work and Licensed Clinical Social Worker

• 37 year combined teaching counseling career in educational, community, and private practice settings

• A caring teacher sensitive to the needs of children and their families

• Class atmosphere of respect, motivation and joy

• A teacher that holds thoughtful space for child’s development at their own pace


Please contact us for registration information and group dates.