My students need this puppet theater and these puppets to begin to learn how to retell and construct their own stories.
Kids love puppets! What better way to practice the craft of storytelling than through dramatic play? Next to our writing center stands our class "Puppet Tree" that I bought at cost from a defunct teacher store. Our tree has 60 spaces. It's half filled now but my goal is to fill each branch!
My students are urban and international.
Our school is located in a Connecticut city that struggles to fund it's school system. My classroom is a multicultural one that recognizes and respects the gift of diversity. About 20% of my students are English language learners. Another 20% are Bilingual. They love dramatic play and the opportunity to showcase their abundant creativity.
These resources will enable my students to develop into better readers and writers. Dramatic play is a wonderful strategy to develop a child's inner storyteller. These puppets will not only let them practice familiar stories, they will also inspire them to create their own stories!
Puppets are magical to kids.
Even the most shy child can find their voice when they can do so through puppet theater. Often my students haven't had exposure to dramatic play as they more often than not have little or no Pre-school experience. Our puppet tree and current cardboard theater give my first grade students a later but no less meaningful introduction to the joys and benefits of dramatic play.
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