We welcome you to celebrate Spring with us as we usher in a new season of classes with our CARE Actor Kids!
We hope you find some inspiration in our first blog post as we awaken our creativity together!
Adding some "Oomph" to Your Favorite Stories
Looking for your favorite Little Stars! or Act it Out! stories ? Follow the links to our book titles (above) and consider exploring what may have happened before and after the story. Here are a few examples:
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We're Going on an Adventure!
Inspired by We're Going on a Bear Hunt? If you're looking for some special gear to take with you on your adventure, check out the binoculars we made from some recycled households items in our own arts & crafts supplies.
1. Start by adding strips of decorative washi/masking tape* to 2 paper rolls (adding a little butter or oil to adult scissors makes it easier to cut through the masking tape).
2. Add 2 rubber bands to hold the rolls together.
3. Use a hole-puncher to add a hole to side of each roll and tie on some string.
4. Add a little glitter glue to the rubber bands for a little extra sparkle!
Now we're ready for our next adventure!
*Note: Washi masking tape can be found in the craft section at Walmart or Target or in specialty stores like Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabric.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: The Language of Theater Arts
Coming to a theater class when English is your second language is not easy! Our Teaching Artists continue to marvel at the bravery and ingenuity of David, a joyful 5 year-old CARE Actor Kid. David doesn't speak English fluently. Yet, his Mom didn't let any language barriers discourage him from being a part of our Act it Out! class. It is amazing how much can be communicated through body language, silly noises and smiles!
Thankfully, the theater arts capitalizes on the many languages of children to help communicate ideas. We also partnered closely with David's Mom to make sure David was engaged in the class. David's Mom previewed our stories with David before class and we incorporated David's likes and dislikes into our class sessions.
It was amazing to witness David as he dove right into characters on stage. He would often tug at his Teacher's sleeve during improv games to share his bright smile of approval too.
It was wonderful to partner with David's family and help support him in our classroom. That partnership helped us reach our goal of creating a sense of belonging and community in our classes.
Even though we may not share common words, it is wonderful to make connections through facial expressions, movement, music and play. We encourage you to try this at home with your kids and discover the ways you too can share ideas.