Little Puppet Studio school programs are a comprehensive arts experience brought to your students by Regina D. Mason, M.Ed., veteran teacher and puppeteer. Each program is individually customized to reach into the heart of your current curricular or seasonal material, and incorporates movement, color, texture, storytelling and music.
As a part of our Hands-on-History programs, students complete a project that goes home with them, such as felted birds’ nests and eggs, or beads on a string. We are happy to work together to pick a craft that best suits your student body. For inspiration, see our Fiber Arts Workshops page.
Our larger school programs work with an average of 120-150 students in a half day. We set up the “studio” in a room of choice, typically an art room, gym, or cafeteria, and classes are brought one at a time to the studio for a half hour program. Individual classes hire Little Puppet Studio for a one time program or a series of workshops.
Many schools have used the creative strategy of planning a visit from Little Puppet Studio much like they would arrange a field trip (except we come to you!). A large school program costs an average of $3-$5 per student dependent on supplies. The cost for an individualized class program is worked out with the class teacher.
Puppetry has been a powerful tool for teachers to address topics such as bullying or to empower younger students toward inter-cultural tolerance. Puppetry provides a safe vehicle for role-playing. Because our puppetry style does not require memorization, the process is socially equalizing for students of different ability.
Our Hands-On-History programs bring a historical period to life through the vehicle of fiber arts. Children especially love the opportunity to treadle the spinning wheel. Teachers typically chose to focus on an aspect of historical significance related to their curriculum, or to have the material centered on the cycles of seasons and nature. We are happy to create a program to meet your educational goals.
Concepts we have addressed in classroom programs:
- Ethnic tales
- Elements of Nature
- Interracial Tolerance
- Historical Periods ~ such as Little House on the Prairie era, 1860’s
Look for inspiration on our Fiber Arts Workshops page!