WORKSHOPS

For Students, Teachers and Parents 
All workshops foster imagination and creativity and contribute beautifully to any language arts or PYP curriculum. I offer workshops/performances that can be tailored to the PYP units of inquiry and language arts curriculum.  All workshops are interactive and enjoyable and are presented in a comfortable, supportive and non judgmental style

WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS 

Suitable for students in Pre-school (ages 4 & 5)
Kindergarten through 5th Grade 
Foundation Stage Two and Key Stage One and Two 
Years One through Six 


THE BING WRITING PROGRAM

Where Do Ideas Come From? 
What Do You Do Once You Get an Idea 

Workshop Length: 45-60 minutes 

Using stories from her own experience, Courtney shares what she does once she gets an idea and how she develops it for a song or a story. Courtney calls ideas  Bings and shows the students a small paper notebook she uses to write all of her ideas in. She calls it her Bing Book. She asks that students be given their own new Bing Book so they can develop the habit of paying attention to ideas and writing them down. Students will play improvisational story games that rely on " idea getting" and will create stories on their own and together. They will have time to write in their Bing Books and will have the experience of getting an idea, creating a place to save it, and the start of developing it into a song or story. 

STORYTELLING-THE ORAL TRADITION 
Workshop Length: 45-60 minutes 

"When we tell stories we have to be expressive!" Courtney draws  three different stick figures on paper or smart board  to demonstrate what she calls " The Three E's".  These are the three modes of expression important to use when telling stories: face,voice and body.   Students will learn and practice basic storytelling techniques. They will work on being expressive The Three E's, making up stories and telling stories from their own lives. Students will focus on speaking and thinking on their feet. They will be encouraged to trust their imagination and ideas so that they can become authentic storytellers and communicators. This is a highly interactive, hands on and fun workshop. 

WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS
Workshop Length: 60 to 90 minutes 

STORYTELLING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Storytelling is enjoyable and important for families to do together. Making up stories and telling together creates bonds that last forever. Making up stories together helps children develop their imaginations and confidence in sharing their ideas. Oh and, it's fun! Family stories are as important as family photos. It is important for parents and children to share stories from their lives together and individually. Storytelling helps children make sense of the world around them and inside of them. We will work on basic storytelling techniques and on ways to help children tell stories and to tell and make up stories together. We will also work on ways to build family story albums.