Thursday, August 25, 2016

Learning About Careers in The Theatre

It was tough to decide which direction to take this month with the Poppins Book Nook theme: What will I be when I grow up? It was exciting to look through books about careers in our community.

The girls both had different types of ideas and so I decided not to cram it all into one project. The post today will focus on career in dance and theatre. Miss K (8) began taking Musical theatre classes, and she is 'hooked'.  They are studying 'Broadway Musicals by the decade, from the 30's to the 90s' to go along with this we are working on a unit study based on this amazing book I found on Amazon.


How Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theatre  It gives kids a great view into how a modern Broadway show is produced. Its split cover opens up like a red curtain and begins at the front of the house and then takes you to the stage and behind. At each point, there are detailed explanations of the many roles of the people working and acting in the theatre. The book is extremely interactive, and there are playbills and tickets to take out and look at. There are also parts of scripts and directors production sketches and of course a lot of photos from many well known Disney Broadway Musicals.


We went through it quickly exploring all the pieces but now have started at the beginning again to study each role and part of the production in a unit study. I am making notebook and lapbook type components as we go through this book. With luck, I can soon share them on the website for you to use with your theatre fans and budding actors and actresses!

In the meantime here are some we have already found...



  • My new favorite Drama resource is Dramanotebook.com. It had given me the confidence to begin playing Drama games with the girls and we may even try script writing soon thanks to some great lesson plans they share.


Thanks for taking the time to join us this month, be sure to check out all the inspiration from all the other Poppins Book Nook Bloggers!




Thursday, May 19, 2016

Meet Bluebee Pal

Bluebee Pal: A Young Reader's Bestie

My eldest daughters first book was a baby peekaboo book. She was obsessed and we loved reading it over and over because it made her so happy. Years later she shared ir with her little sister and more recenly both girls read it with their baby brother.   Reading is fundamental to education, and once the inspiration is sparked the positive effects are lifelong. Sharing my love of books is one of the many of  joys of parenting. Usually we think of cracking open a book 'the old fashioned way'. These days, however, there are many tools out there to help kids catch the reading bug, and Bluebee pals is one that is worth pausing for.

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How it Works

A Bluebee Pal is a plush talking educational learning tool that sings, reads and answers phone calls. The innovative technology includes lip synchronization that allows the animal’s “mouth” to move while you’re reading storybooks, engaging in learning apps or singing songs. Children can also entertain family and friends when using Bluebee Pals as a wireless speaker phone. Bluebee Pal is designed for classroom engagement, homeschool and learning while traveling. It can also be a wonderful tool for engaging non-verbal special needs children.

Who it's For

All Ages! As one parent put it:
Our Bluebee Pal, better known to my preschoolers as Leo the Lion, is providing loads of educational fun, so much so that I doubt the kiddos realize they are learning as they are playing. - Teri W.
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Have fun with story time AND cultivate a lifelong love of animals. You can choose a bear, lion, lamb, puppy and even a zebra. Choose your little one's favorite animal, or one who frequents stories. Price: $64.99 down from $69.99
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