Squirrely Shirley Discovers the Magic of Science
Shirley loves to share the science experiments she's found to include in her science show for the 2014 Library FIZZ, BOOM, READ! Summer Reading Program.
Kids are amazed by FIZZING ROCKS
Have fun following Shirley's instructions to make baking soda rocks and watch as they fizz and dissolve.
If you want to find out how to make your own FIZZING ROCKS, just click here.
This laugh-and-learn family puppet/storytelling program is the fourth in a series of special summer library shows staring Shirley, an irrepressible rascal squirrel with an inquisitive mind and unbridled enthusiasm for ideas.
As Shirley ventures into the exciting world of science, she learns why scientists wear protective goggles, gloves and clothes when they do experiments.
Then, with help from the audience and from Storyteller Glenda Bonin, Shirley figures out what she has learned from each of her experiments.
If you want to find out more about the experiments Shirley has discovered for her science show, just stop by Shirley's Den to download copies of her experiments to try at home or in school.
Audiences always enjoy Glenda's shows.
Wonderful Project: Students Play to Learn
As a storyteller who often serves as a resident artist in schools, I am always interested in what goes on in Education.
I find the current educational changes involving projects focusing on play, problem solving, teamwork, digital arts, game design and comprehensive learning to be tremendously exciting and (in some cases) almost mind-blowing.
This video (7:11) features Katie Salen from the NY Institute of Play. I first saw this when it was featured in an Edutopia post.
Toward the end of the video you will learn what the kids do with stories from Aesop. I think you will find this approach to learning to be quite interesting.
How to Find and Develop a Family Story
Family stories are all around us. They are like hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Family stories reside in people, places and things, and once we start to look for them, the journey can be particularly satisfying.
There are many ways to uncover and share a family story, and an Internet search will reveal many articles and books* devoted to this subject.
To get you started, I'd like to explore just one part of this process of finding and developing a family story from the things we collect and often place on display in our homes.