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Upper Elementary Programs (Grades 3-6)
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General School Visit Information: All programs are tailored to meet the needs of the individual school's time requirements and budgets. Below are the average fees. However, being the "recovering teacher" that I am, I try to work with each school's budget to remain affordable, yet still earn a living!

Private Preschool/ Daycare Centers' fees: Average fee is $50 for a single visit (this includes preparation time, plus the performance of 30-45 minutes). Includes an age-appropriate and thematic coloring sheet of my design for a craft. Travel expenses are added when applicable.

Elementary Schools: Fees include a preparation time plus the performance. Prices begin at $350 for a half day (three performance sessions at one school), and increase according to number of performances per day, with six being the limit in any given day for $600. Travel expenses are added when applicable.

I work best being set up in one area (a resource room or a classroom) and having grade level groups (60-70 students) brought to me (Note: I need the teachers or assistants to remain and help supervise. This allows me to give your school the best performance for your investment). A clip-on microphone is sometimes needed, but I normally work without one. Most programs are Powerpoint presentations. Programs run between 30-45 minutes for primary grades & Pre-K-2, and 45-60 minutes for grades 3-6 with time included for questions and answers. All programs include related handouts for the teachers to copy.

Library Visits: As with schools, I work with each library in regards to time requirements and budgets. I have extensive experience in presenting Preschool Storytimes, Summer Reading, Children's Book Week, and Read Across America programs in public libraries, as well as traditional storytelling and Native American storytelling. Fees are $150 for an hour's performance (includes prep time). Longer programs begin at $300 and vary according to individual needs. Travel expenses are added when applicable.

Upper Elementary Programs (Grades 3-6)

Author in the Classroom: The Writing Process: I come equipped with my Writer's Toolbox (a genuine yellow "Craftsman©" tool box) to explain my version of the writing process. I don my Creativity Cap to talk about the first part of writing: imagining and daydreaming an idea into a unified story. Next, I change into my serious Editor's Cap to illustrate the second part of the process: the editing where spelling, grammar and punctuation count and the Writing Rules must be "enforced". I then discuss how I go through my process of writing and illustrating my own books then engage the students in a writing activity.

Native American Programs: I am of mixed-blood heritage-Cherokee, Irish, and French Canadian. Although not raised in the traditional Indian way, I have studied the timeless legends of North American Indian mythology. I share not only traditional Cherokee stories, but also those I have collected from the original five major geographic regions: the Northeastern Woodlands, the Southeastern Woodlands, the Plains, The Pacific Northwest and the Desert Southwest. If time permits, I can share Native American games. I end each session with related handouts.

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Primary Level Programs, Grades Kgn-3

Performances are presented in a variety of ways: books, songs, finger-plays, stuffed toys or hand puppets, and my signature method, the flannel-board from which I design my own unique story cutouts. I draw my material from classic children's literature, traditional stories, and original work. When I share books by other authors, I often modify them in original ways (example: Eric Carle's classic "The Hungry Caterpillar" I have made into a sock puppet presentation).

Powwow's Coming: Because most children have not been to a powwow, I come with a variety of materials: we listen to a segment of powwow drum music; I show them my dance shawl, feather fan, sage smudge bundles and turtle shell rattle. After reading the book, if time allows we make a version of the Ring & Pin game from the book. As the class leaves, each child gets to try the hand drum.

The Blue Roses My award-winning book, "The Blue Roses," is a simple way to approach a complex subject. In the text, I use the garden as a metaphor to help young children cope with the loss of a loved one. I introduce the program with Feeling Faces on the flannel board to discuss the variety of emotions my main character, Rosalie, encounters. After reading the book, the students discuss each feeling.

Making Choices with Picky Otter The Picky Otter program helps young students realize the difference between wants and needs. Picky's motto is "You OTTER be picky and you OTTER be smart!" The topic for Picky's first program uses flannel board activities and related books to explore smart choices about food and exercise.

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Season to Season Primary Programs

Fall

September Time to celebrate the American hero, Johnny Appleseed. I dress as the folk hero himself, and share books and songs about him, and incorporate the concepts of colors and apples.

Another early fall program is my hand puppet version of the Grasshopper and the Ant.

October A BOO-tiful time for my "Almost-Scary Tales" program. I thread traditional Halloween stories and songs with Halloween books and pumpkin fun, too!

*November Although I prefer to blend Native American stories into most themes during the year, November is its most popular month. This program offers a range of activities: traditional Indian stories, interesting artifacts, games, songs, and handouts. Similar to the Upper Elementary program, this version is modified for younger students.

*December FOR PRESCHOOL THROUGH GRADE 2 ONLY Ho-ho-ho! It's time for Mrs. Claus to share Holiday favorites including stories and songs to bring holiday smiles to everyone. Excellent photo opportunity for your child and Mrs. Claus, so don't forget your camera!

*These programs are very popular so it's advisable to book early.

Winter

January Bang the drums and follow the dragon for Chinese New Year's! We explore this multicultural event in books and share stories from China.

February Valentine's hearts and related stories/songs of LOVE! help create indoor fun during stormy days.

Spring

March For the Read Across America tribute to honor Dr. Seuss, I dress up NOT as the Cat in the Hat and not as Sam-I-Am, but as the Unnamed Character from "Green Eggs & Ham". Seriously. Dr. S. left the narrator of this popular book unnamed.

March is also THE time for Leprechaun shenanigans.

April Flowers and bunnies and colors, oh, my! My spring programs celebrate seeds, all new growing things and farm animals' shenanigans.

May Explore the world of small things: caterpillars and butterflies, tadpoles and frogs, spiders and bugs. Or The-Not-So-Small: whales and fish and ocean fun.

Summer

June July & August: Most schools are on a well-earned break, but not storytellers! There's always time for stories. Support summer reading programs at our libraries and Barnes & Noble. Check my FACEBOOK page to see where I'll be performing.

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PROGRAMS FOR GROWN-UPS

These programs are appropriate for PTO/PTA groups, as in-service workshops for teachers as well as library events.

Who Needs Diversity? This presentation will examine the issues regarding multicultural books for children in contemporary publishing, particularly concentrating on the need for more books by and about Native Americans. Topics will include an overview of what's being published in multicultural books in general then focus on how American Indians are portrayed in books. It will include the issues of stereotyping, both overt and hidden, and provide concrete ways to help parents, teachers, and librarians better evaluate the books about Native Americans they select to share with children.

Planting Stories in Young Minds: Native American Storytelling Through this presentation participants will enjoy a few traditional Native stories then learn how these stories have been and still are being are used within American Indian tribal nations. What makes this time-honored method of storytelling different from other methods? Native storytelling is a tribal nation's cultural bedrock. Topics included are the various reasons for the stories; issues regarding when they should or should not be told; whether non-Native people should retell Native stories; and the different genres of Native stories.

Rethinking American Indian Crafts This presentation will first explore the do's and don't's of popular, but stereotypical Native American "crafts." Participants will learn some viable Native-themed craft activities that better represent the First People of North America and their original geographic homelands: the Eastern Woodlands, the Desert Southwest, the Great Plains, and the Pacific Coastal Region. In the hands-on segment, they will make a Ring and Pin toy, a popular game played by Native people from Canada to Mexico and also play Hubbub, a traditional game of chance enjoyed by the Wampanoag and other Native people of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island area.

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