...about our program - each year students are immersed in an
over-arching THEME. This entails high interest, focused learning and culminates with a big theater presentation for a REAL audience, deeply embedding the learning in the student and developing communication skills and affective development. "Charlotte's Web" will be performed for area schools FREE at several performances in May and for the public at an evening performance and a matinee.
Don't miss it! It is amazing what can happen in a red barn . . .
Our G.T. program focuses specifically on affective development and mastery of success skills (communication, teamwork, adaptability, creativity, work ethic, time management, etc.) within the context of BIG theater productions! Each production is selected for its potential thematic concepts. Each play's purpose is to grow children, but also to help educate elementary students from other schools. We do NOT charge admission. In a way, it is each student's first experience in community service... helping others. Immersion in a theater production DEEPLY embeds the learning in ways that connect, provide a "real" audience for sharing, and create good memories. Check out what we are working on NOW and the focus of recent productions below --as well as the links to more info!
2022 - 2023
NOTICE THE MIRACLES
ALL AROUND YOU
JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE
STOP --MAKE WISE CHOICES ON YOUR JOURNEY OF LIFE
Coming May 2023 --our version of "Charlotte's Web"
DON'T MISS IT!
Students in grades 2 - 7 will learn to look for and appreciate the everyday things we tend to take for granted --the miracles that are all around us. They will explore how their life is like a journey that presents to them the freedom and challenge to choose how they view that journey. Second, third, and fourth graders will read, "Charlotte's Web" in preparation for the G.T. theater presentation in May. Fifth and sixth graders will read "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" by Homer, keeping with the theme (they read E.B. White's book two years ago as part of our year-long focus on anthropomorphism). Seventh grade students will read "Watership Down" and learn about leadership styles, create a podcast connecting the novel to leadership, as well as exploring the theme for this year.
All three books fit nicely with the focus of "Notice the Miracles" and enable students to consider that their own journey in life is an opportunity to choose the way they respond about what happens to them, and understand their power to choose to see the miracles that are hidden in much of life. Life always asks us a question: What now? It perhaps doesn't matter what we expect of life, but rather what does life expect of us.
2021 - 2022
"The Adventures of Matilda"
NEVER GIVE UP
"THE ADVENTURES OF MATILDA"
Focus: Quitting is a choice... so is persisting
Students were involved in reading classical mysteries and "viewing" famous vintage mystery films. They also practiced deductive reason, along with all types of problem solving activities --all required perseverance. Younger students looked at mysteries through vintage "Scooby Doo" cartoons, looking for red herrings and other types of detective solutions.
PERSEVERANCE is required in so many aspects of life. Without perseverance, "The Adventures of Matilda" --which was to have been performed in late spring the year schools were closed for Covid --would never have happened. Over the span of three years, costumes became too small and students moved. YET, a new and better version came to be. Read the story of this performance and see the video and photographs here:
READING & WRITING
"discovering who we are and who we want to be..."
click: THE NOVEL PROJECT
FOCUS: Students will --
* Write an anthropomorphic novel (which will be published as hardcover)
* EXTEND their reading vocabulary & creative / critical thinking through --
Determining Meaning in Aesop's Fables and anthropomorphic. novel quotes
Practice ACTIVE, active reading
Challenge their thinking in mental puzzles
Develop creativity, organization skills, and perseverance in writing a novel
WOW! Looks at the student novels!!!!
Finished student novels above --
2019-2020 Roald Dahl's, "MATILDA!"
OUR PERFORMANCE OF "MATILDA" WAS CANCELED THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID WHEN ALL SCHOOLS WERE CLOSED . . .
FOCUS: The POWER OF FICTION READING - a roadmap to better understanding how people of different ages, personalities, circumstances, and places think, and using that knowledge to create a great life!
Matilda is a gifted child. She is an avid reader and for some reason is able to move objects with her eyes. Unfortunately, Matilda's family aren't very nice to her. She has much to teach us about handling problems and finding the power of reading!
We are spending a year with Roald Dahl, focusing on reading, reading, reading. We will celebrate our year with a parody performance that combines Roald Dahl's book with the play, the movie, and our own fun ideas! Can you imagine Trunchbull, Miss Honey, and the Wormwoods played by elementary children? We have expanded on the magical powers of Matilda too... It will be fun.
INSIDE OUT CLICK HERE:
"Inside Out!": SELF CONTROL --understanding our emotions and how to respond to them in effective, positive ways, sharing that learning in a manner that challenges our creativity and educates kids from other schools!!!
CINDERELLA!: PARADOX - Do good things always happen to good people? Is Cinderella rewarded because she is good or because she is beautiful? What is integrity? What does integrity look like when times are hard?
2013 - 2014. (IMMIGRATION)
The Hundred Dresses: FORESIGHT --it isn't always possible to right a wrong --developing empathy. Understanding what you do or don't do matters
Mrs. Dunn's Lovely Farm: PERSEVERANCE & VISION can bring joy --even in hard times
Alice in Wonderland - THE POWER & WISDOM OF IMAGINATION!!! What can be imagined, can be, taking us to places and meeting people we could not do otherwise! Finding joy in creativity!
2016-2017. CLICK HERE
BRUNDIBAR! (the children of Terezin)- THE POWER OF THE ARTS in even the worst of times. "Brundibar" warns us that viewing those you "see" as different than you are, results in unwarranted prejudice and discrimination. Stepping into another person's life and "being" that person on stage can help you discover how alike we all truly are --even those we thought were different
"A Christmas Carol": THE POWER OF THE ARTS to influence people for good; seeing yourself in another person; the joy of giving and the dangers of self-centeredness
Story of Annie Moore: COURAGE can be found in unlikely places --even in children
Lights, Camera, Comedy!": FOCUS: CHANGE --understanding and appreciating the progression of technology, while recognizing that change is always continuous --even in our lives
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare): ACCEPTING A CHALLENGE - There is a desire within us all to excel at something difficult, to reach for something great instead of good enough, finding the satisfaction we've longed for, discovering we can do that which we never thought possible