Laughing Matters portrays the fun side of math in this lively, content-rich program. They use juggling, stories, and humorous dialogue to explore addition, multiplication, division, measurements, and even square roots!
About the Artist
Jay Cady and Leslie Seifert-Cady have given over 6000 performances in 36 states and 7 foreign countries. They met as members of a performance company in Kansas City, which is still their home. They were married in 1984, the same year they studied mime with Marcel Marceau. As their own children went through school, they developed curriculum-rich performances and workshops for elementary school students. They use circus and vaudeville skills like juggling, mime, magic, and improvisation to teach math, reading, science, and civics. In 2010 they were awarded the Lighton Prize for Excellence as Teaching Artists by Kansas City Young Audiences. They research their topics and core standards thoroughly to coordinate with what schools are teaching. Their timing has been honed from many years of working together, and their irresistible sense of fun brings out the love of learning in their audiences.
*NEW* Watch Your Language! Mime Games for English Language Learners
Professional Development Workshop
The purpose of the workshop is to help teachers explore non-verbal communication, learn basic mime techniques, and play games that can be used in learning a new language. This workshop was developed by Jay Cady and Leslie Seifert-Cady at a multi-session seminar conducted by the Kennedy Center called “Artists as Teachers: Planning Effective Workshops for Teachers”. Teaching English to non-native speakers is complicated because students often have various native languages and different proficiency levels in English. Mime transcends language and can provide a non-verbal shared experience that facilitates language learning.
Sum Of Our Favorite Numbers (Grades K-6)
Jay and Leslie of Laughing Matters celebrate the fun side of math in this lively, content-rich program. They use juggling, stories, and humorous dialogue to explore addition, multiplication, division, measurements, and even square roots! Students will roll with laughter while developing their number sense and learning concepts aligned with core standards. Everyone has favorite numbers. Jay and Leslie will entertain and enlighten your students by sharing some of theirs!
Length: 45 Minutes
Single Performance: $500
Back to Back Performances: $870