A COURAGEOUS BOOK: THE SANDWICH SWAP
We love books that help us dramatize different positive values in our classes. Our Dramatic Kids! class this Spring focuses on self-acceptance and accepting others and features The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.
We at CARE Actor believe courage comes in many forms and we've named just a few courageous acts below:
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COURAGE IS..... (PRINTABLE TEMPLATE)
Print out our "Courage is..." template and share your own ideas of what courage may look like in the form of a picture, comic, poem or story. Share your creation and tag #careactorkids
QUIPS FROM KIDS
Here are some deep thoughts from one of our students during a recent reading of Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin: a silly story about some cows that get their hooves on a typewriter and start making some demands.
CULTIVATING COURAGE WITH IMPROV
Looking to build creativity & courage in your kids? Try Improvisation!
Improvisation acting exercises capitalize on each student's imagination, and the possibilities are endless. And the best part is it's so simple! No props, costumes or major supplies needed!
Why do we love doing improv so much at CARE Actor? It's a wonderful way to build a multitude of skills such as encouraging one to trusting your own instincts, embracing spontaneity and staving off a fear of failure in the interest of collaboration and creativity. It celebrates the individual and provides a safe environment to experiment with ideas. It also encourages students to problem solve on an individual level and as part of a team. That's why we incorporate it into every session in our classes and camps and kids of all ages love it!
Whether you're a teacher looking to bring improvisation into your classroom, or a parent interested in learning more, Contact Us today!
MOM! Mother's Day is a wonderful time to show some major appreciation for the remarkable women in our lives who nurture and support us, wether we're still growing or already grown up.
BOOKS THAT CELEBRATE A MOTHER'S LOVE
A favorite in my home, Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman is a magical journey, both lyrically and visually, that celebrates the power of a Mother's love as it travels far and wide, over hills and mountains, following her child wherever he or she may go.
Want to add this special book to your library? Check out our MOTHER'S DAY BOOK LIST, which features additional well loved titles.
It is our hope that you find as much joy in these books as we do, not only on on Mother's Day, but all year long!
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COLOR DIFFUSED FLOWERS FOR MOM
MAKING MAGIC OUT OF MUD
Raising two little boys means I spend a lot of time defending myself against ninja attacks, examining bugs and mysterious substances, as well as kissing many a skinned knee. In the midst of the mad dashes in and out of the house, as well as around town, we do take joy in sitting down and working on creative projects together. It's treasured time we spend together and I'm thankful my boys enjoy it as much as they do. My oldest son leads the way and, of course, his little brother follows along and imitates everything he does.
Now, truth be told, it took some time for me to re-learn how to play. I wouldn't have called myself a crafty Mom a few years ago and I'm certainly thankful the "world wide internet" exists, especially when I need some inspiration. However, once I caught on to the fact that creative activities can support brain development, such as crossing the mid-line while painting on an easel, my interest was seriously piqued. I decided to dust off that part of my brain and see what fun stuff might still be boxed up in there.
It took some work but I eventually shook off my fear of looking silly, which resulted in really connecting with my kids and becoming familiar with the feeling of living in the present moment as a Mom.
Today, I love sharing silly ideas with my kids and encourage them to express themselves and experiment with thinking outside of the box. I know that I've benefited from this as well. I've started to see the world in new ways too. My older son and I have come up with some of our own arts projects made from found treasures and enjoy making up our own stories together at bedtime.
I don't have to spend so much time planning activities. It's becoming easier than I thought it'd be. We laugh a lot together.
Mud used to be something I'd avoid at all costs and, nowadays, it's paint for an art project and a treasured memory in the making.