Participatory tales for children.
Programs for 2012-2013
Jo Ho, Storyteller
Educational and entertaining storytelling programs
JUNE-“CAMPING TRIP” A funny fishing tale, a not so scary boogie man tale, a big bear in the woods tale, and a tent mishap tale guarantee to start your summer off with a belly full of laughter.
JULY-“CELEBRATE YOUR WAY ACROSS THE U.S.A.” Explore and celebrate the diversity and excitement of our country in stories from across the nation. Happy Birthday, America!
AUGUST-“NOCTURNAL ZOO” It’s a staying up late imaginary field trip to the zoo to learn about the habits of owls, bats, armadillo’s, and more. Through stories, pictures, and darling puppets, children become engaged in discovering how nocturnal animals use their five senses for an “active night.”
SEPTEMBER-“ABC, 123” Back to school alphabet and number fun with silly characters and humorous stories to get the kids revved up for reading and counting. Chicka, chicka vroom, vroom!
OCTOBER-“APPLEFEST” Join Johnny (Jo) Appleseed in a “Delicious” autumn “Gala” as she spins some harvest time tales of the “McIntosh” of all fruits—THE APPLE! From “Rome” to “Fuji” with “Granny Smith” and “Jonathan,” youngin’s will delight in this “Honey Crisp” apple pickin’ good time.
NOVEMBER-“AROUND THE THANKSGIVING TABLE” Sit down to a festive trip around the Thanksgiving table with delightful stories told by the kinfolk gathered. Why even the baby has an anecdote to share!
DECEMBER-“O CHRISTMAS TREE!” Dressed in “fir” from head to toe, Jo shares beautiful stories of the cherished Christmas tree and the joy it brings to people everywhere. She’ll invite the children to help “decorate” as the tales unfold.
JANUARY-“IF YOU GIVE A CHILD A MITTEN” With just one mitten or dozens of pairs, mismatched, or perfectly stitched, there’s a snow-covered mountain of winter fun in these funny, hand-warming ditties of the MITTEN.
FEBRUARY-“ME AND MY BLANKIE” Whether in a crib, on grandma’s feather bed, or at the stadium, the beloved “Blanket” has brought comfort and warmth to the beholder. Wrap up in some cozy fleece tales lined with smiles and giggles.
MARCH-“ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE KID DAY” (Thursday, March 21, 2013) Begun by Campfire USA, this day is a special day for kids to call their own. We’ll celebrate all month long with stories of love and support from parents and teachers of absolutely incredible kids--yours!
APRIL-“GRANDMA JO’S SUITCASE OF POETRY ” April is National Poetry Month and “Grandma Jo” is coming to visit! She’s packed her suitcase full of the best rhymes and top picks of poetry for young children. “There was an old lady who swallowed a poem…
MAY-“DIGGING IN THE DIRT” Dig a little in the dirt and we’ll find a seed. Dig a little more; we’ll unearth a wiggly worm. Digging further down we’ll view a prairie dog’s burrow. And way, way down…dinosaur bones to be found? Let’s dig up some stories while we’re at it!
JUNE-“LET’S GO FLY A KITE” Yes, even inside we can go up to the highest heights with the simplest to the most ornate of these tethered aircraft gadgets. Children will love the stories of how kites were invented; the diversity of kite designs from around the world, and learn kite-flying safety rules too.
JULY-“FIVE OCEANS OF FUN” Dive into the oceanic tales of the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, and Arctic and explore the unique creatures that inhabit these deep and different waters.
Other Popular Seasonal Programs Also Available Anytime
My Big Purple Crayon- Artistic tales teaching basic color mixing and how to “paint” a story.
Birds of A Different Feather- Finding unusual friendships with stories of sparrow, peacock, and flamingo.
Spring Puddles- Jump into spring with puddle stories.
PJ’s and Plushables- Pajama storytelling party with soft plush toys.
My Snowman is Smiling- Wintery fun stories of that wonderful winter friend—the Snowman.
Joy to the World- A global celebration of holiday festivals of peace and goodwill!
I’m Thankful for the Simple Joys- Stories of gratitude for the “simple” things.
Barn Dance- Barnyard tales and sing-a-longs with the jug band players.
Rhyming Fun With Mama Goose- Positive kid-friendly rhymes packed with actions and songs.
Dinosaur Stomp- Good manners stories told in a BIG way.
Cozy Quits- Charming, cozy quilt tales. Wear your PJ’s.
Alaskan Adventure- Winter journey to the land of Eskimos, katmai bear, and dog sleds.
Penguins at the North Pole- Cute birds find the true meaning of Christmas.
Aesop’s Fables- Short tales from long ago loaded with wisdom for the little ones.
Blast Off Through the Solar System- Zoom into an out-of-this world space adventure with stories and songs about the planets, stars, sun, and moon.
Blue Ribbons at the County Fair- Children learn to do their “blue ribbon” best in these fall yarns.
Thank You, Community Helpers- Our services with a smile folks get a big thank you in these factual and fun stories of neighborhood helpers.
Christmas Tales With Mrs. Claus- Off to the North Pole for fireside tales with Santa’s best helper—Mrs. Claus.
Australian Adventure- Travel down under for tales of kangaroo, koala, and crocodile.
Musical Tales- An introduction to music and hands-on rhythmic tales.
Cut and Fold Stories- Stories that unfold and are snipped right before eager eyes.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles- Transportation tales that prepare a child for vacation travel.
Country Hoe Down- Put on your cow-friendly boots and grab a partner as Granny McDonald invites you and the youngins to some rootin’ tootin’ down on the farmanimal tales.
Raggedy Ann and Andy Adventures- Join Raggedy Ann and other pals for some true candy heart tales about finding happiness within and the joy of friendship.
Animals of the Arctic- Venture north to hear interesting facts and delightful stories of Walrus, Seal, Polar Bear, Snowy Owl, and Musk Ox.
Bedtime Tales and Lullabies- “Tuck me in” stories and songs that sooth and delight the soul.
Delicious Nutritious Stories and Songs- Take a big bite into delectable tales and tunes that encourage good eating habits.
Be A C.H.E.R.U.B.” (A Child Helping Earth Remain Utterly Beautiful)- Celebrate Earth Day in this extraordinary “going green” storytelling program.
Caldecott Award Winning Picture Books- Zip through the years of these award winners with stops for favorites and a look at many incredible illustrations.
Cuddle With Teddy- Snuggle up with your Teddy Bear for delightful stories of Little Bear, Baby Bear, and Polar Bear.
Groundhog Steps Out- Silly tales of lovable groundhog and her furry pals.
Hopping Along With Peter Rabbit- Tales of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and rascal Brer Rabbit too!
Royal Tales From Around the World- Adventure tales of princesses, princes, dragons, and knights from many lands.
Please Don't Pick Your Nose- Kids help Jo teach her ill-mannered puppet politeness.
Winter Safari- Interesting facts and tales about moose, snowshoe hare, polar bear and other tundra animals.
Grandma’s Patchwork Pockets- Autumn surprises in Grandma’s apron pockets along with special fall stories.
Penguins and Puffins on Parade- A winter parade of stories about children’s favorite northern birds.
These Boots are Made for Talking- Clever footwear fables for character building starring Jo’s shoe puppet “Stomper.”
Wacky Inventions- “Professor Goof” shares stories of wacky and wild inventions, perfect for inquisitive little minds!
Seeds, Weeds, Bugs, and Slugs- Whether good, bad, cute, or ugly, these nature tales teach acceptance and uniqueness.
Take Me Out To The Ballgame!- B is for Baseball and Bettering oneself in these personal growth and teamwork tales.
A Visit To Farmer’s Market- Sit a spell with Mrs. Green Beans and her persimmons, kumquats, kale and more as she welcomes you to her unique fall green-thumb grocery stand.
Thank You For My Senses- Stories and songs in this highly interactive program designed to enhance the awareness of the precious gifts of sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing.
Reindeer Christmas- Join Rudolph (alias Jo Ho) and her reindeer pals on a holly jolly sleigh ride this holiday season.
Tracks In the Snow- It’s a chilly nature walk as we investigate which animals hibernate or migrate, and those that stay active in the winter.
Snuggle Tales- Slip on your pajama’s and grab your favorite stuffed animal for a special story time of cozy tales to warm your hearts, ears, and toes.
Sing Along With Songbirds- Ring in spring with stories of pretty birds, squawky birds, homely birds, and laid-back birds.
Reptile Romp- We’re heading to the swamp to see Alligators, Snakes, and Lizards… Oh my!