We love the characters that we explore in our classes, and have some fun ideas for how you can continue the exploration at home, with your whole family.
Dinosaurs, Rock ‘n’ Roll Style
Each week we choose a new theme for our “Little Stars” and “Act It Out” classes. Recent themes include aliens, the ocean’s environment, and, yes, dinosaurs. We’ve played dino games, read books about our favorite prehistoric behemoths, and acted out the stories.
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I really enjoyed Carol Diggory Shield’s Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp, which both kids and adults enjoy reading. Kids love the silliness, and adults appreciate the wit. It’s also fun to act out: kids love to stomp, rock, roll, twirl and roar like dinosaurs.
When you read books at home, you can encourage your kids to become part of the story. Kids can:
I’m always amazed at the things kids tell me when I start asking questions!
Colorful Dino Prints
Scribble colors onto coffee filters, add water and watch the magic happen! In the spirit of Dino Dance Parties, we've created some Colorful Dino Prints using this coffee filter art technique:
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Encouraging creativity after reading a book
Reading is a creative journey, and you don’t have to stop when you’ve finished the book. Have your kids write or dictate a sequel (depending on their age and ability level). You can also write the story together, or even make it a play that the whole family can act out. Definitely encourage kids to illustrate their stories, create picture books or comic books.
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What should they focus on? Having fun telling their story! It might be silly or serious, happy or sad. It might make very little sense, or no sense (especially if you’ve got young kids). Whatever direction the story takes, praise your child’s imagination. Ask questions. Share ideas.
If your kid doesn’t think her story is “good enough,” remind her that a good story is not defined by perfection, spelling, or grammar. It’s about letting loose, having fun, and creating something entirely new. (And here’s a secret between us adults – this kind of exercise can help kids in school because it gets them more comfortable with writing and expressing themselves on paper, without feeling like work.)
AWAKEN YOUR CREATIVITY!
We’re excited to announce our first ever Family Improv Night. It’s a chance for you and your children to get a taste of improv, explore your imaginations together, and connect in a new way.
Who: Children ages 3+, accompanied by a responsible adult (one adult should with each child)
What: Family Improv Night
Where: Falls Church Community Center
When: Friday, September 23, 2016
Resident-$10/one child & one adult
Non-Resident-$20/one child & one adult
Improv is a type of theater in which there isn’t a script. Actors improvise, coming up with ideas on the spot, and deciding in that moment what to do or say, and what is happening in the “world” the group imagines together. You can be silly, even ridiculous.
We use improv to help kids use their imaginations, let loose, tap into their emotions in a positive way, and have fun. It also teaches problem solving and team building. It can be a great tool to get kids to open up, and we will introduce you to activities you can do at home. We have even read about improv helping parents to become better parents.
We hope to see you Friday night! Come dressed in comfortable clothing, because we will be moving around.