Encouraging Your Child's Imagination: A Guide and Stories for Play Acting

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Nov 17, 2011 - Education - 224 pages
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iPads, iPhones, Notebooks, X-Boxes, PlayStations, Televisions, Computers. They've found their way into every corner of our lives. Add to that, the pressures of the modern education with standardized tests and crowded classrooms, and it seems that our children have lost the simplicity of childhood. Are our children losing their imagination, too? Carol Bouzoukis gives us just the remedy.
Encouraging Your Child's Imagination: A Guide and Stories for Playacting is an easy-to-use guide to creating simple dramas with young children. This innovative "how-to" book is written especially for parents, daycare providers, librarians, educators, and youth leaders who want to not only encourage their child's imagination but enhance their self-esteem and joy of learning. Dr. Bouzoukis recounts nine familiar children's stories for reading aloud and presenting to our children. By following the tips and using the sample questions, anyone can create a story drama in their living room, garage, Sunday school class or community center. Each story includes an analysis that adds insight into the creative process and reminds parents how simple and care-free it is to let our imaginations turn us into wolves, gingerbread boys, trees, and rivers.
 

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Contents

IMAGINATION IS THE KEY
1
CHAPTER ONE THE STORY DRAMA METHOD
9
CHAPTER TWO THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN KIDS
27
CHAPTER THREE THE GINGERBREAD MAN
51
CHAPTER FOUR LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
67
CHAPTER FIVE THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF
81
CHAPTER SIX JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
99
CHAPTER SEVEN THE LION AND THE MOUSE
121
PRACTICE FOR LIVING
181
APPENDIX A Suggested Stories for the Story Drama Method
187
APPENDIX B AccessoriesProps
189
APPENDIX C Theatre Games and Warmups
195
APPENDIX D Drama with SpecialNeeds Children
199
BIBLIOGRAPHY
201
FURTHER READING
203
INDEX
205

CHAPTER EIGHT HANSEL AND GRETEL
135
CHAPTER NINE THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
149
CHAPTER TEN THE POT THAT WOULD NOT STOP BOILING
165
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
209
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Dr. Carol E. Bouzoukis is a Child Drama Specialist with twenty-five years of experience encouraging children's creativity. Dr. Bouzoukis holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Educational Theatre and Dramatherapy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina. She is the Executive Director and Founder of Child Drama Workshops, Ltd., an interactive theatre arts enrichment program for children ages three to nine. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice, Play Therapy Delaware, specializing in Play Therapy and Dramatherapy for children. Her first book, Pediatric Dramatherapy: They Couldn't Run So They Learned to Fly, earned international recognition.

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