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Mr. Schuman
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 6 donors
  • $0 still needed

Songs, and Stories, and Shakespeare, OH MY!

My students need a variety of children's music story books and kid-friendly classic literature scripts to learn about the art of story-telling in music and theater.

My Students

Our students put the "perform" in performing arts! As the Performing Arts teacher of over 600 K-5 students, I get to experience their enthusiasm for learning both Music and Theater all year long. I regularly hear excited students say things like, "Remember when we did that last time?" "That was so much fun!" "Can we do it again?"

There's something about music and stories that captures their attention, engages their hearts, and stimulates their minds for more.

Whether the children are playing music and theater games, or performing songs and stories, the room is vibrant with activity. We also create family memories and a sense of community as each grade performs its own show. They range from "Kindergarten's Famous Holiday Songs Sing-Along" in December, to Fifth Grade's STOMP-like "Pounding the Percussion" in April.

So not only do our students put the "perform" in performing arts, but they put the "imagine" in imagination! I am excited about the possibilities within them yet to be created!

My Project

When students can immerse themselves in good books, their imaginations are free to learn, create, and solve problems. Each requested musical book has a CD of the song and a matching video animation on the publisher's website. The books and videos work well for our Kindergartners and First Graders. We use them for class sing-alongs and story time as the children play different characters.

We sometimes learn best from stories because they stay with us.

We can relate to some characters' traits, and learn about virtue and vice. Kid-friendly classic literature remains a vital part of our theater curriculum. No matter what their age, twenty-first century students need connection to the past through stories such as Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night Dream" and Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". Classic literature holds within it timeless lessons still applicable today. As a bonus, with each small reading success every child builds confidence and slays the dragon of fear of public speaking!

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Battle of the Mad Scientists • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (Playing With Plays) (Volume 13) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin and more stories for young musicians • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Parrot Tico Tango (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (Playing with Plays) (Volume 6) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Wheels on the Bus (Bearfoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (Volume 12) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (Volume 9) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (PlayingWithPlays) (Volume 15) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Shakespeare's The Tempest for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (Playing With Plays) (Volume 8) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew for Kids: 3 Short Melodramatic Plays for 3 Group Sizes (Playing with Plays) (Volume 7) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Knick Knack Paddy Whack (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
The Animal Boogie (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $9.21 1 $9.21
We All Go Traveling By (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
The Journey Home From Grandpa's (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $8.91 1 $8.91
Port Side Pirates (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Dragon on the Doorstep PB w CDEX, A • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
If You're Happy and You Know It (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $8.64 1 $8.64
A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea • Amazon Business $8.44 1 $8.44
Dinosaur Rap W CD • Amazon Business $8.44 1 $8.44
Creepy Crawly Calypso PB w CDEX • Amazon Business $8.27 1 $8.27
Outdoor Opposites • Amazon Business $8.16 1 $8.16
A Farmer's Life for Me • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
The Shape Song Swingalong (Book & Enhanced CD) (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $7.83 1 $7.83
Over in the Meadow • Amazon Business $7.44 1 $7.44
Walking through the Jungle (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Space Song Rocket Ride • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18
Driving My Tractor PB w CDEX (A Barefoot Singalong) • Amazon Business $5.53 1 $5.53

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