WORKSHOPS


The following teacher in-service training workshops are MO/KS approved 2.0 clock hours (120 minutes). Detailed handouts are provided.


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Teacher workshops:


​DRAMATIC PLAY WITH NURSERY RHYMES

When a child chants a rhyme repeatedly, he developes key prereading skills such as the ability to hear the distinct sounds that make up words, discern sound and word patterns, and broaden vocabulary. Studies have shown that the more nursery rhymes a child knows, the easier it will be for her to learn to read. In this interactive workshop, storyteller Jo Ho presents clever ways to act out child-friendly Mother Goose and other popular nursery rhymes with children. After the demonstrations, small groups will have an opportunity to develop and present a rhyme.


ADAPTING PICTURE BOOKS INTO PLAYS

Teach children to develop their language and vocabulary skills and learn to express emotion as they portray the roles of characters in a book.  In this participatory workshop, instructor Jo Ho will demonstrate how to adapt children’s stories into plays.  Picture books, fables, fairytales, and even poems offer an easy division of roles and interesting dialogue among characters for young children.  You’ll learn how to script a story, preparing students for a non-memorized re-enactment along with simple costume, set, and prop ideas.  Combined with your creativity and a child’s imagination, any one of your student’s favorite books could be ripe for a stage debut.


FUN WITH THE CALDECOTTS

Since 1938 books receiving the Caldecott have been recognized for their “joyousness of picture books as well as their beauty.”  In this participatory workshop, instructor Jo Ho will demonstrate how to present a Caldecott for Story Circle along with craft activities, songs, finger play, poems, creative movement, group discussion questions, related reading, and dramatic play.  Award winners include Owl Moon, Make Way For Ducklings, The Funny Little Woman, and more!


CREATIVE GAMES AND STORIES TO GET KIDS MOVING

In this participatory workshop, teachers of young children will lear creative dramatic games and stories that integrate movement and imagination for daily classroom use.  A detailed description of each game and each story is included in the workshop, along with a demonstration of how to play each game.  Participants will work in groups to create a fun and lively new version of  "Going on a ______Hunt."



YOUTH DRAMA WORKSHOPS


GETTING DRAMATIC!!

Using stories and drama games, Jo teaches students how to develop and strengthen communication skills using the 4 P’s:


Pronounce (teaching kids to speak clearly)

Project (teaching kids to speak up)

Poise (teaching kids to speak confidently)

Personality (teaching kids to speak with spunk)


Students that get the 4 P’s feel better about asking and answering questions, participating in class discussions and presentations, and public speaking. A student presentation of a popular picture book is done as a culminating activity. (Grades K and up)


IMPROV WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH

Tone your creative thinking and acting skills in this fun and energizing improvisational workshop.  With 30 years of teaching drama, Jo presents some challenging and quick thinking drama games designed to strengthen on-the-spot performing. Participants pair up and group up to develop unique plots and characters and thinking skills are put to the test in several zany improv exercises. Lots of laughter guaranteed!