“I’ll never forget the day I overheard a Kindergarten teacher utter something SO DISTURBING, I could only hope and pray I had misunderstood!”

Mary Beth Spann Mank of Learning with Puppets here with an unbelieveable shory to share! The whole thing began innocently enough…  

I was leading a workshop, helping a group of teachers learn how to use puppets as teaching tools, when one weary-sounding attendee managed to rock my world—and not in a good way—when she said . . . 

“They might as well take the toys out of my Kindergarten classroom. 

We don’t have time for play anyway!”

YIKES! No Time For Play In Kindergarten? How Was That Even Possible? I turned to the rest of the teachers in my group, certain they would tell me this "No-Play-In-Kindergarten" situation was unique. But, Nooooooo! 

Much to my horror, the rest of the teachers sighed and nodded in agreement. 

As they saw it. . . play in Kindergarten was becoming an endangered species. Since Since that day, things have only gone from bad to worse...

Life In Kindergarten—Indeed In ALL Elementary Grades—Has Taken A Turn For The Serious! 

Nowadays, it's quite common to hear Teachers and Parents everywhere complaining that...

  • "Paper and pencil tasks, along with computer skills, are beginning to replace play, art, music and recess."
  •  "Test preps and test results are becoming a more important focus than helping kids discover their interests and passions and teaching to their strengths."
  •  "Teaching terms such as 'creativity,' 'child-centered' and 'thematic' are being replaced by other more worrisome and somber references, such as 'standardized,' 'rigorous' and 'college and career ready.' "

The more I talk to parents and teachers like you, the more I hear about the challenges of teaching in this current culture that seems to push kids and their interests aside in favor of preparing them for careers that we aren't even sure will exist when they get there fifteen or twenty years from now! 

And, it pains me to think that if we adults are feeling rushed and crushed by an overload of curriculum, endless tests and hours of homework, how must our kids be feeling

Almost everywhere, tougher standards and standardized tests are putting the squeeze on creative, funfilled and meaningful educational explorations. 

And, that got me thinking. . .

"How Can We Make Sure Joyful Creativity Remains Alive And Well In Our Children's Education Experiences—No Matter What ?!"

Now, If you know me, you know I'm a big fan of using puppets as teaching tools. 

So naturally, my next thought was... 

"Of course, PUPPETS are the answer! They're a fun, easy way to keep play and creativity alive and well in the day while also captivating children's attention!"

But then I remembered those teachers in my workshop. 

They liked the idea of puppets. After all, they had signed up to take my class designed to teach them how to use puppets with their kids.

BUT, while all my teacher-participants agreed that puppet personalities are fun and easy to develop, these same teachers were also hard-pressed to devote the focus necessary to create puppet personalities kids would care about. 

After all, busy teachers and homeschooling parents like you have a MILLION other demands tugging at your time and attention. 

Then, too, even though puppets are super-powerful teaching tools, every teacher and parent is not comfortable with the idea of speaking through a puppet! 

What to do? What to do? 

Then it hit me!..I could do all the work FOR you!

INTRODUCING...

The Learning with Puppets "Done-For-You" Collection of Ready-To-Use Puppet Videos and Printables! This fantastic collection provides you with everything you need to instantly share the playful power of puppetry with your children in the classroom or at home!

And the ABSOLUTE BEST PART is — (drumroll...) ............................................. Because I've Done All The Prep Work, You Can Effortlessly Include Puppetry in Your Teaching Day With Kids Ages 4-8 AND...

You NEVER Have To Pick Up A Puppet! 

√ You NEVER have to think up puppet personalities 

You NEVER have to speak through a puppet 

√ You NEVER have to feel "funny" performing with a puppet! 

AND, if you still want to create your own puppet personalities—something I TOTALLY recommend—this Collection will help insprire your own puppeteering efforts as well! :) 

Just Take A Peek At All Of The Irresistable Resources You Get! ....................... Each One Is Designed To Educate And Delight Your Kids: 

PUPPET PRINTABLE: Mousie and Me Interactive Early Reader

This full-color downloadable, printable reader will delight your emergent and beginning readers while helping to strengthen reading and writing skills. The full-color format alternates pages written by Mousie Mouse with pages your children can personalize. This is one book children are eager to complete once and read again and again. 



PUPPET VIDEO: Introducing Mousie and Me Vocabulary Cards for The Mousie and Me Interactive Early Reader

 In this charming video, our puppet friends, Mousie Mouse and Horsey Horse introduce Mousie and Me Vocabulary Cards and demonstrate some fun ways to put the cards to work as learning tools. You and your kids are sure to think up some more of your own as well.


PUPPET VIDEO: Introducing the Mousie and Me Interactive Early Reader

 Watch this video and join puppet friends, Mousie Mouse and Horsey Horse, as they take your children on a delightful "book walk" designed to show how kids can personalize the pages of the Mouise and Me Interactive Early Reader to make the story their very own. 

PUPPET PRINTABLE: Spotlight on Reading Report & Mini-Poster of Questions to Ask Children Before & After They Read

Here's one indespensible resource you'll turn to again and again! Handy, downloadable Mini-Poster is chock full of questions designed to help children reflect on and respond to literature. You can print multiple copies to share with colleagues, homeschooling parents, reading teachers, paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, volunteers, reading buddies and children alike! Post copies in your home or classroom and stash extras in your desk and planbook! Brilliant! 

PUPPET PRINTABLE: Vocabulary Words Cards for The Mousie and Me Interactive Early Reader

 In this charming video, our puppet friends, Mousie Mouse and Horsey Horse introduce Mousie and Me Vocabulary Cards and demonstrate some fun ways to put the cards to work as learning tools. You're sure to think up some of your own as well! 


PUPPET VIDEO: Spotlight on Reading Report & Mini-Poster of Questions to Ask Children Before & After They Read

In this fun and funny video, puppet friends, Mousie Mouse and Beany Bichon, discussing the pros and cons of questioning what they read. (Spoiler Alert: Timing is everything!) Video provides an entertaining (Translation: you will laugh and laugh) and informative introduction to using the Mini-Poster with children.



Are You Eager to Begin? Of Course You Are! 

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Remember! By trying these Common Core-aligned resources with your kids, you become part of a community of people dedicated to keeping fun, creativity, humor and playfulness alive in education. 

Join us today! Thanks!

Warmly,

Mary Beth Spann Mank 

Teacher & Kids Graphic image by http://www.mycutegraphics.com 

PS You Have My Word... I want to you feel 100% comfortable ordering my "Done-For-You" Collection of Ready-To-Use Puppet Videos and Printables. If for any reason, you and your children honestly do NOT enjoy and learn from these resources, just contact me at support@learningwithpuppets.com within 30 days of delivery and I will refund every penny you spent, no questions asked, cross my heart.

 Graphic image by http://www.mycutegraphics.com 

PS You Have My Word...

 I want to you feel 100% comfortable ordering my "Done-For-You" Collection of Ready-To-Use Puppet Videos and Printables. If for any reason, you and your children honestly do NOT enjoy and learn from these resources, just contact me at support@learningwithpuppets.com within 30 days of delivery and I will refund every penny you spent, no questions asked, cross my heart. 

Graphic image by http://www.mycutegraphics.com  

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