Celebrate holidays with storyteller and educator Monica Peterson. Using props and lots of audience participation, Monica delights young listeners with magical tales of holidays and seasons. At the same time, her stories enhance students’ oral language skills – listening, sequencing, vocabulary development - and provide schema.
In addition, Mrs. Peterson conducts residencies that provide very young students with direct instruction in oral language skills and culminate in a mini storytelling festival where each student tells his/her own story.
About the Artist
Storyteller, Monica Peterson has entertained at the JFK Presidential Library, The Children's Museum of the Arts in Manhattan, Connecticut DEEP Great Park Pursuit, Riverfront Music Revival, the Buttonwood Tree, Connecticut Storytelling Festival and at festivals, museums, libraries, schools, and senior centers throughout the area. She also performs as half of the duo, The Amazing Math Wizards. In addition to her one and two women shows, Monica also conducts workshops to teach storytelling skills to children and for teachers who want to improve their students’ language arts proficiency
As an actress, Monica can be seen currently in “An Immigrant’s Story” with the theatrical troupe Themselves. She has also appeared in commercial work for companies such as Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and in film, dinner theater, university theater, community theater, and recorded books.
As an educator, Monica worked in the Stamford Public School System for 15 years teaching gifted education, kindergarten, and fifth grade and earning the Stamford Public Schools’ Spotlight Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Board of Education’s Staff Achievement Award. Monica uses storytelling to motivate students to write; her students have won competitions such as the Stamford Literary Competition and the Connecticut Consortium of Law and Citizenship’s Constitution Day Essay Contest. In addition, her student storytellers have been invited to perform at the Connecticut Storytelling Festival with nationally recognized adult tellers. Monica has also worked with the Stratford Public School System in the area of math remediation.
Holidays (Grades PK-3)
Celebrate holidays with storyteller and educator Monica Peterson. Using props and lots of audience participation, Monica delights young listeners with magical tales of holidays and seasons. At the same time, her stories will enhance students’ oral language skills – listening, sequencing, vocabulary development - and provide schema.
Possible topics include:
- Autumn Holidays: spiders and pumpkins • turkey tales and Native American lore for Thanksgiving • Italian folktales-Columbus Day
- Winter Holidays: • flying horses and naughty gingerbread children for Christmas •
- African American History Month • African American Inventors
- Presidents’ Day George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
- Spring Holidays: • leprechauns and fairies for St. Patrick’s Day • tricky rabbits and dancing flowers for Easter • Native American or Greek myths about the creation of the seasons
- Summer Holidays: • Patriotism and heroic acts for Flag Day or the 4th of July
Children Tell Tales (Grades 3-5)
Mrs. Peterson also conducts a ten-session residency* that provides students with direct instruction in oral language skills such as volume, pitch, tempo, character voices, and the use of pauses. Story elements such as organization (beginning, middle, and end), dialogue, tone, character, and setting are also explored. The residency culminates in each student telling his/her own story in a mini storytelling festival. This program is perfect for after-school enrichment for schools and libraries or specialty workshops during the school day!
*The number of weeks and sessions per week can be tailored.
Single Performance: $430
Pair of Performances: $565
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