Archives for October 2014

Whale Tour Preparing to Make a Splash in 2015

TOUR INVITATION

Its time to reserve your spot for the 2015 Whale Tour. If you would like Harmony & Melody to visit your school in 2015, click here to download the REGISTRATION FORM.

This program uses life-sized inflatable Humpback Whales to teach children about the anatomy and biology of Pacific Humpback whales, their behaviors and their migration. Topics of ocean ecology and conservation are also introduced. A digital version of the Harmony & Melody Educational Coloring and Activity Book is also distributed to school participants. This activity book can be used to reinforce topics introduced during the show. The digital coloring book is also available as a stand-alone product and can be purchased from our store.

Harmony & Melody are gearing up to tour Kaua’i in January & February, Maui in the first half of March, and the Big Island in late March, and O’ahu in April. But the tour is also available to schools and educational organizations year-round upon request. This program is appropriate for preschool and elementary school children.

Educational Inflatable Whale Program

Harmony & Melody’s Excellent Adventure

Captain Mark and the Inflatable Whale

This program uses life-sized inflatable Humpback Whales to teach children about the anatomy and biology of Pacific Humpback whales, their behaviors and their migration. Topics of ocean ecology and conservation are also introduced. A digital version of the Harmony & Melody Educational Coloring and Activity Book is also distributed to school participants. This activity book can be used to reinforce topics introduced during the show. The digital coloring book is also available as a stand-alone product and can be purchased from our store.

The program tours O’ahu in November, Kaua’i in February, Maui in March, and the Big Island in April. But the tour is also available to schools and educational organizations year-round upon request. This program is appropriate for preschool and elementary school children.

Click here to download the TOUR INVITATION and REGISTRATION FORM. Once you have filled out the form, you can mail it back with your deposit to hold your date.

TOUR INVITATION

 

Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Fest

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This family friendly event honors the life of Princess Kaiulani and the role that she played in a critical time in Hawaiian history. The festival began as the Kauai Keiki Story Fest and has deep roots in the promotion of literacy. In fact, the festival is held in October in conjunction with National Book Month and the Princess’ birthday.

The day long Keiki Fest offers a full day of family friendly fun throughout the festival grounds and includes: Hawaiian cultural activities, performances by local hula halau, celebrity story readers from the Kauai Children’s Authors Guild, Princess Kaiulani’s costumed children’s unity parade, children’s arts and crafts, a keiki talent show as well as food and family friendly vendor booths and the Princess’ Birthday Party. Representation from local schools will showcase projects in progress and service and civic organizations will be on-hand to offer family resources. This event is free and open to the public.

Teacher Workshops

Incorporating Sign Language into your Curriculum

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Did you know that using sign language in the classroom can triple the number of connections made in the brain during a lesson? Or that sign language is particularly helpful for hearing students with autism and other learning disabilities? This professional development workshop teaches your instructors how to incorporate sign language in their daily lessons through song, art projects, centers, reading, and regular instruction. Teachers will also learn why sign language is such a valuable multi-sensory classroom tool. Over 50 signs and the alphabet are introduced and teachers are given resources for learning more signs. This workshop is appropriate for preschool and early elementary school teachers. For more information about this workshop, contact Storybook Theatre.

Peace Garden Tours

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The Storybook Theatre facility is the home of the Spark M. Matsunaga International Peace Garden. Storybook Theatre offers tours to classes interested in learning more about peace and “Sparky’s” peace mission. Students will also enjoy  art activities and a garden quiz while learning about the unique flora and fauna found in the garden.

To schedule a tour please contact Storybook Theatre.

HELDS Video Presentation

Hawaii Early Learning & Development Standards

Preschool Children

Working with the Governor’s Office of Early Learning through the University of Hawai’i Foundation, Storybook Theatre has created a series of five videos that introduce educators, parents, and lay people to the important world of childhood development for children ages 2-5 and the new educational standards (HELDS – Hawai’i Early Learning and Development Standards). These videos focus on educational approaches for children ages 2-5 and includes interviews with both classroom teachers and program directors from pre-schools across the islands.

Storybook Theatre will be expanding the video series to include information about children ages 0-2, thus covering important information about child development and learning from birth to entering kindergarten. There is general consensus that in order for children to succeed at the upper levels, they must be equipped with the right tools prior to entering kindergarten. This video series is available to schools as a professional development program or for a parent night presentation.

Literacy Programs & Events

Read Across Kauai Day

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Read Across Kauai Day is an annual event designated by Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho to increase awareness about the importance of literacy, provide an opportunity for children to interact with local authors, reinforce the importance of reading by encouraging creativity through writing and artistic expression,  and provide parents with information about the importance of reading to their children at home. Read Across Kauai Day is celebrated on the Friday closest to February 28th. Storybook Theatre sends authors to schools to read to children on a first come first served basis. Please contact Storybook Theatre to be placed on the waiting list.

Storybook Theatre also maintains a pool of authors and professional storytellers that are available for the following literacy boosting programs:

Invite a local author or storyteller to read to your class.

Choose one of the local authors in Storybook's pool of authors and invite them to read to your class. Authors are equipped with artwork, book dummies, and publishing knowledge that can be shared with the class. Students should be prepared with questions to ask the authors.

 

Invite an author to walk your class through the process of writing, illustrating, and publishing their very own book.

Our author publishers will not only read to your class and tell your students about their publishing journey, but they will also walk your class through the process of writing, illustrating and publishing a book.

 

Invite an author educator to boost literacy skills with sign language.

Sign language provides a kinestetic sensory experience that helps children triple the number of connections made in the brain during a lesson. Author Monika Mira, will teach children all the signs for the ocean animals that are found in her award-winning title: Who Lives in the Sea? Ocean Animals of Hawaii. Then she will engage them with those signs during the reading of her book as well as other learning games, songs, and activities.

 

Environmental Education

Kauai Keiki Recycles Website

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In a partnership with the County of Kauai Solid Waste Division, Storybook Theatre developed the Kauai Keiki Recycles Website. The website has been approved by Superintendant Arakaki for use during school hours. The website content is appropriate for elementary school students and offers an online, interactive Recycling Matching Game  along with a number of other downloadable, games, activities, and worksheets to help support your recycling curriculum. The website, games, activities, and downloads are free for classroom use.

The Kauai Keiki Recycles blog wants to share recycling projects that are taking place right in your classroom. If you are working on a recycling project, please contact us, so that we can share it with the world.

Da Tree rs activity book

Storybook Theatre is also proud to offer Da Tree R's Activity book, which was developed to accompany the Kauai Keiki Recycles website and the musical, theatrical touring production, Put Opala in its Place.