For grades: PK-12
Fees for live visit: $300. Large blockbooking discounts available.
FARM SONGS & STORIES (Toddler-Kind.) A great way to introduce preschoolers to what a school assembly is all about.Activities include a vegetable identification game, a finger play illustrating cycles of theharvest, and a song in which students imitate the patience of a scarecrow through allkinds of weather.
THE PREHISTORIC WORLD (Grades PK-6) A guitar-slinging caveman engages students in a memorable discussion of dinosaursand prehistoric life. They make a Paleolithic tool afterwards.
SONGS OF THE SEA (Grades PK-8) Students work as teams pulling thick ropes while singing sea shanties in this colorful,age-appropriate introduction to ship lore and mysteries of the deep. With concertina,banjo and turtleshell guitar.
MUSIC & STORIES FROM ANCIENT GREECE (Grades 3-8) Students make their own lyre and compose an ancient song or hear stories aboutnotable Greeks like the mathematician Hypatia and her famous library.
MUSIC & STORIES OF THE MIDDLE AGES (Grades K-8) Students gain hands-on experience with lute, hams, hurdy-gurdy, dulcimers, etc. Wealso teach the lost art of scarf juggling -- something physically disabled students can do.
ANIMAL PROGRAMS (Grades PK-6) These programs stimulate scientific curiosity and develop powers of empathy with theanimal world. Children love our dozens of furry models. Mammals of North America Animals of the Forest Animals of the Desert Animals of [your locale Animal Families Bean, Bears, Bean Bats, Bats, Bats Cats, Cats, Cat Snakes of the World Animals of Different Continents Whales, Whales, Whales Mysteries of the Deep
NATIVE AMERICAN GAMES (Kind.-Grade 8) Games were an important part of traditional Amerind culture. We teach gamesappropriate for P.E. and after school play. With historical background.
FRONTIER THEMED PROGRAMS (PK-8) Western folk arts are our specialty. Allow us to submit a proposal for a mini-residency in which students learnt the folklore of hones the art of cattle brand design to play (and make) a banjo or dulcimer how to tell a tall tale frontier crafts and games square dance fun
RAILROAD SONGS & STORIES (Grades PK-3) An introduction to train lore with an original re-telling of "The Little Engine ThatCould". Highly participatory.
AMERICAN TALL TALES (Grades 3-5) Program designed to aid the study of tall tales, exaggeration and boasting.
GRANDMA'S GLASSES (Grades PK-6) Stories can bridge generations. This program helps children take an interest inexperiences their parents and grandparents had when they were young. Take-homefamily interview prompt sheet included.
BACK TO SCHOOL / THE COLORS OF FALL (Kind.-Grade 6) A program of stories, poems and musical activities to reflect the autumn season.Taking a look inside an early American schoolhouse, hornbooks are given to the audiencefor some entertaining lessons the old-fashioned way.
JOHNNY APPLESEED (Grades 1-6) Johnny shares his wisdom about life, forest animals and frontier music
THE GREAT STONE FACE (Grades 5-12) Nathaniel Hawthorne's gentle story of how a mountain profile seizes the imaginationof people who live in its shadow. Teaches the value of quiet introspection andsympathetic understanding.
JUMP JIM CROW (Grades 5-12) This program interweaves the folklore of the banjo with a history of racial segregationin America. We show that people have a natural tendency to disregard ethnic differenceswhen working together. Even during the hey-day of Jim Crow, the unnaturalness oftrying to keep people apart was evident.
STRINGED INSTRUMENTS OF THE WORLD (K-12) A presentation of 50 instruments from every comer of the world. Emphasis is on theexotic, the beautiful, the humorous. A thought-provoking activity or amusing storyaccompanies each, Afterwards they are put in a big circle for students to play!
HANDS-ON MUSICAL EXPERIENCE (K-8) A color-coded system of instruction makes our 63 specially-designed strummingboxes easy to play. Students learn how music creates moods and much more.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT-MAKING WORKSHOPS (Kind.-Grade 12) Through simple, safe step, students learn to craft and play a variety of stringedinstruments. Costs from $2 to $25 per student depending on your choice of materials.
ANTI-DRUG PROGRAM (Grades 1-8) Our spherical models illustrate how the varied activities in a healthy life complementand reinforce one another and why drugs have no place
AUTHOR'S DAY EVENT:
HMKU WORKSHOP (Grades 1-8) A master poet sets students on the track of writing their own book of haiku. Bookletsof haiku free to each student.
WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS:
DEVELOPING THE STORYTELLING TRADITION WITHIN YOUR FAMILY This tightly-informative presentation focuses on developing storytelling skills wenaturally possess as family members includes easy-to-use manual on passing on one 5legacy of family stories.
WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS:
THEMATIC UNITS WITH PIZZAZZ! Dozens of unusual tips to make your thematic instruction easier and more effective.The workshop leader is a teacher who has spent ten years developing thematic stageprograms for schools.
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For nine years the Folklife Education Project has been in the business of makingfolklore real to young audiences. School performances are not a sideline for us but ourspecialty.
All our presenters are state art commission-supported artists with teaching credentials.Our lively, informative programs are unlike anything you've ever seen before.