ME AND MY ANATOMY! (New)
Let's look at what's inside our bodies--what is under our skin and bones. With hilarious stories and songs, it's a grand "I'm not just a bag of bones" tour to the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, intestines and belly. Plenty of belly laughs and rave reviews from the kids in Nevada and Harrisonville, MO.
SUPER VIRTUES FROM FOLKTALES
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s the “Super Virtues!” In the “Super Virtues From Folktales” program, Jo spins tales focusing on the unique “Super Virtue” characters of Acceptance, Kindness, Friendship, & Loyalty that encounter situations with the “Super Villians” of Prejudice, Stubbornness, Jealousy & Bullying. Told with humor, sincerity, and lots of role-playing, Jo invites kids to participate in an interactive discussion with thought-provoking questions after the stories.
Blaze the Kansas trails in a rootin' tootin’ celebration of KS history and folklore. In her fancy old time britches, Jo will spur your pioneer spirit with tales of KS cowboys, outlaws, and hometown heroes. Listeners will take kindly to all the fun role-playing and sing-a-longs as we travel the trails and tales of the beloved state of Kansas!
THE BLUE MARBLE
The name “The Blue Marble” comes from the way Apollo astronauts described the earth from space. In this multi-cultural storytelling program, listeners will get to see the world as a whole. Stories, songs, and poems from around the world guide audience in a discovery that every part of our “blue marble” is as important as the next.
“It’s my shout, mate!” That’s the Australian way of letting someone know they’re in for a treat. Listeners are indeed in for a “treat” as storyteller Jo Ho presents a delightful down under adventure of stories about koalas, kangaroos, and the billabong too. These funny Aussie tales will leave listeners exclaiming, “that was a bobby dazzler!” (Aussie for an outstanding thing!)
CATCH THE READING BUGS!
Students will get the buzz for reading in this delightful high energy program of bug stories from around the world. They’ll get a doctor up your reading prescription from “Dr. Jo” as she teaches them how to “catch the reading bugs.” This program not only relays the importance of reading, but also encourages research, related reading, rewriting, and re-reading.
Jo invited youngsters to write a story about an ordinary event in their lives and encouraged them to "get creative" with their story and S-T-R-E-T-C-H it a bit as all good writers do. They wrote some WINNERS and you'll love hearing them in this hilarious kid-authored whoppers tall tale program! Jo will also invite listeners to "get creative" right on the spot by putting together an audience-authored story which Jo will then tell and invite the "creators" to jump in and role-play. All ages will delight in the exaggerated yarns and leave with the tools for successfully writing a tall tale too.
THE FANTASTIC FOUR!!
Who are our children’s heroes? They cannot fly like a superhero, but they can aspire to ride in a space shuttle like “real” people have done. In these historical tales of hometown heroes listeners will have the opportunity to engage in learning about some of the great men and women that hailed from Kansas and Missouri. Storyteller Jo Ho takes the audience into the fascinating worlds of the real-life heroes and heroines that have made positive contributions to humankind. Whether it’s a tale of Amelia Earhart and her daring adventures in aviation, the entertaining works in literature of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), or the amazing discoveries and inventions of George Washington Carver, the legacies of these close to home heroes will live on and on as their stories are passed to each generation. Cartoon hero? No way. Real life hero? Yeah! Appropriate for the whole family.
ROYALTY AROUND THE WORLD
Your imagination reigns supreme as court jester and teller of tales Jo Ho whisks you of to enchanted wonderlands around the world. Hear tales where time and distance know no bounds! Listeners will meet ancient kings and modern-day princesses, frolic country sides with giants and fairies, and cheer on their favorite knights. Come dressed as a prince, princess, king, queen, knight, wizard, or dragon for some great role-playing opportunities. Ogre's are welcome too!
ONCE UPON A TIME WITH THE BROTHERS GRIMM
Being a huge fan of fairytales, storyteller Jo Ho opens a world of magic with the best-loved tales of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Hear interesting facts about the lives of the "Fairytale Brothers" in addition to Jo's clever adaptations of the Grimm classics. P.S. Did you know "Cinderella's" slipper originally was fur?
READ ACROSS AMERICA
It's a "Let's Get Reading" Celebration as storyteller, Jo Ho shares the inside scoop on where Dr. Seuss and other popular authors got their ideas for their books. Audience will get a chance to create their text to a "story," having some rhyming fun of their own! Funny characters and clever voices presented by Jo make for a great program even for the not-yet-reading kiddo's.
EXTRA! EXTRA! HEAR ALL ABOUT IT! (New)
It's great to do great in sports, dance, art, or any interest, but it's even greater to excel in character. In Jo's good for the heart and peppy sportsmanship stories listeners will get an inspiring jump start in lifetime skills of being a good sport in all they do.
POETRY IN MOTION
Engage a student's imagination in this rhythmic and rhyming program celebrating National Poetry Month (April). Jo presents a very fresh and funny approach to poetry as she invites listeners to chime in and move to the beat of words with pizzazz!
AMERICAN TALL TALES
Capture the spirit of American pioneers who helped tame the frontier in this TALL TALE storytelling program. Storyteller Jo Ho tells the tales of robust, resourceful, courageous and sharp witted memorable characters. Discover gold in California with Sweet Betsey from Pike County, MO, pound some steel with John Henry, and rope some cows with Pecos Bill as Jo takes you on a romp through America's early day.
Teller Jo Ho chooses Aesop's best tales that reflect experiences within a child's world in this enduring program for the younger child. Short, direct tales with perfect structure make this program an experience in GREAT literature for the little ones. Children will delight in role-playing with Jo as they discover a gently emphasized moral in each tale.
LISTEN MY CHILDREN
The Revolutionary War gave birth to a new nation--the United States of America. The stories that spread during this time told of heroic men and women. These tales are to be remembered, recorded in our history books and recorded in our hearts. Journey with storyteller Jo Ho, in a 60 minute re-enactment of events of this war that won for us our independence. Meet King George III, dance a minute with Mistress Murray and General Howe, ride with Paul Revere, join the Boston Tea Party, stand in the battlefield with Molly Pitcher, and cross the Delaware with George Washington. Will you wear the Redcoat or the Patriotic blue? Have fun role-playing in this active history program suitable for classrooms or home school groups. Ages 9 and up.
SMIRKS, GIGGLES, AND BELLY LAUGHS
Laughter is the best medicine and storyteller Jo Ho guarantees a belly full of it in this hilarious storytelling program. With unique character voices and zany movement, Jo spins her favorite funny tales from around the world and some from the USA. There's lots of participation and role-playing opportunities for the audience and giggles for the entire family.
IT'S A MYSTERY TO ME!!?
How did the tiger get her stripes? Why do birds fly south for the winter? Why is an elephant's trunk so long and who is that man in the moon? These mysterious questions and more will be answered by storyteller Jo Ho, as she tells tales of how things came to be. Folklore from different cultures and original child-authored stories make up this mystery-solving storytelling program.
A CELEBRATION ACROSS THE USA
Cross the USA in story as storyteller Jo Ho spins folktales from every region of our great country. With stops in the Northeast, Southeast, Gulf States, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and Pacific Coast, Jo shares stories that represent each region at its best! Funny and interesting tales depicting a colorful portrait of our nation's character that the entire family will enjoy hearing.
CHINESE NEW YEAR!
Imagine yourself transported back in time to China as centuries-old traditions are told through story. It’s time to ring in "The Year of the Chicken." People born in the Year of the Rooster-1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017 are beautiful, kind-hearted, hard-working, courageous, independent, humorous, and honest. They like to keep their homes neat and organized. Jo is a “Dragon” but she looks forward to telling tales of good fortune and luck to all in this celebration that is over 5000 years old. A fun and festive way to say goodbye to winter and to welcome the coming of spring!
GROUND HOGS DAY
(Feb. 2) Get an up front and personal view of "the spring thing" in hilarious stories of the ground hog and his woodsy companions. Whether he sees his shadow or not, join storyteller Jo Ho as she shares some true and not so true ground hog tales. It's a fun winter getaway with lots of audience participation and role playing.
OH MY DARLIN', VALENTINE!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with some LOVE stories presented by storyteller Jo Ho. It's some kissin' and huggin' in Jo's not too mushy tales of romance and some big laughs as listeners will be challenged to outwit, out-yell, and out-wrestle a most unusual princess in search of a suitor!
TOP OF THE MORNIN'
If you have a fondness for foolery or delight in good fortune, then join storyteller Jo Ho for a charming Irish story time. It's a St. Patrick's Day celebration, so throw on a bit of green and come listen to some Irish folklore and funny tales told in dialect. Don't let her name fool you-Jo's 1/8 Irish and has been sharing her Irish tales for 28 years now. Appropriate for all Leprechauns!
HOPPING DOWN THE BUNNY TRAIL
Hop right into Easter and spring with tales and tails of famous rabbits. Storyteller, Jo Ho, presents some hip hop stories of Brer Rabbit and friends, Peter Rabbit, and the ever popular Easter bunny. Program is suitable for all EARS.
SIZZLING SUMMER BEACH PARTY
Set sail for an imaginative journey to the Hawaiian Islands with storyteller Jo Ho, as she presents tropical folklore and legends. Cruise along the island chain with stops in Maui, Kauai, the big island and more. Jo shares her "hang loose" stories personally collected while living in Hawaii. So why do the Hawaiian's eat poi rather than potatoes? And what are menehunes? Come and listen and discover paradise through story. You'll even learn to hokey pokey, Hawaiian style!!
Roar with the lions, swing with the monkeys, slither with the snakes, and pounce with the leopards in a storytelling safari. Storyteller Jo Ho presents an upbeat rhythmic jungle romp with clever stories about our "jungle friends." Each story teaches a valuable lesson and has lots of audience participation.
If you'd like an alternative to the traditional spooky tales, this storytelling program is for you. "Harvestfest" is a collection of old country yarns that will tickle your funny bone. "Too much salt in the puddin'" and "The Great Big Enormous Pumpkin" are just a few.
Rap, rap, rap. Cr--ree-eeak. GOTCHA! Listeners of all ages, beware, but be ready for some eerie stories and scary fun. Jo Ho, storyteller, serves up ghoulish tales, with delightfully spooky characters and uninvited ghosts. A perfect way to add to your Halloween fun.
"I’m Thankful For the Simple Things” and a tasty tale too presented by storyteller Jo Ho in celebration of Thanksgiving. Some silly stories and some heartfelt ones. Stories of family, friends, and community from yesterday and today--and a very special story about a TURKEY. There's lots of participation for listeners and Jo looks forward to teaching you the "turkey bop."
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
Celebrate the season of light with stories! Festive stories from around the world guaranteed to brighten your holiday season. Storyteller Jo Ho tells tales from different countries, sharing beautiful Christmas traditions from each country. Legends of jolly St. Nick and other merry characters round out this holiday program for the entire family.
Do you have a special request or theme that I haven't already offered? Just let me know and I'll work closely with you to custom design a program to fit your needs. Unusual requests are welcome! I love a challenge!