School and family Storytelling Programs
Joyful opportunities for children to experience and demonstrate
the power and possibilities of language.
Now Booking for 2020
"Liz and Bob transformed classroom environments that were once quiet and subdued into learning environments filled with language and laughter."
Bryan Garcia , Principal, Rio Rancho Schools
Themed Class Visits
Literacy and Family Engagement Events
With their emphasis on collaboration they helped
my students become a community. They involved even my most reluctant students in meaningful and compelling discourse. Most importantly,
I saw my students become excited about learning!"
Mary Rafferty, New Futures High School
keeping up the tradition!
Bob and his Mom
Family Literacy Night
During her first five years of school, Sophie's teachers never heard her utter a single word in class. Then one day, the second day of our storytelling residency, Sophie picked up the Talking Stick, introduced herself and explained how her mother made tortillas. Her classmates instantly erupted in cheers and applause. The faculty lunch room was abuzz with the news. A young French film student heard the story and created The Voiceless Child, her first animated short subject.
Bring the Power of Storytelling to your school. Help your students find their voice
and express themselves with confidence!
Family Literacy and Engagement Events
We involve and delight the whole family.
From a performance where the entire family participates to workshops and fund-raisers, We support and enhance learning, and boost community spirt!
F.E.A.S.T. (Families Eating and Storytelling Together)
Our nationwide initiative that promotes the importance of the family meal.
We host an evening of food, storytelling, and storytelling games that
support healthy communication while building bridges of understanding
and respect between generations and cultures.
F.E.A.S.T. school events are a great way for schools to boost parent involvement.
Family Literacy Workshops
Lively and engaging experiences where parents learn how to share the joy of children's books and family stories and nature, paving the way for a lifelong love of books, reading and stories. We offer evening, half day, and day long workshops.
Elementary School Themed Programs
Everyone Wants to Get Into The Act!
Our signature brand of highly participatory storytelling. Watch and listen as your students fly with the fairies, howl with coyotes and perform with the Off the Bookshelf and Into the World Band.
A bilingual celebration of tales from Latin lands, told with gusto! Check out Liz's Bilingual Storytelling page!
Environmental Tales - Stories For A Small Planet
Everyday is Earth Day when Bob draws on his years as a Nature Center Director, artfully weaving together traditional stories and natural history in a program that encourages curiosity, wonder and respect for the earth.
For K-1 A Child’s Garden of Gentle Tales
Features stories with a strong emphasis on pattern, repetition and participation
with a liberal dose of silliness always included.
A World Storytelling Safari
We bring back the stories alive! Multicultural tales that celebrate the diversity of the human family. Choice of stories and classroom follow-up can be tailored to current classroom curriculum.
Middle and High School Programs
The Power of Choice
Combines traditional folktales chosen to both entertain and spark discussion about issues that mid-school students care deeply about. Topics include making and keeping friends, the qualities of true friendship, identity, peer pressure, arguments, and apologies. We create a safe and caring communication environment where students voice their perspectives while listening to others.
The Hero's Journey
Entertaining and thought provoking stories serve as a springboard for inquiry and discussion about the challenges and choices that teenagers face. Finding mentors, discovering personal power,
taking positive risks, overcoming obstacles and making a contribution to the community
are among the many themes we explore.
Here's a 15 minute video report that tells the story of a year long oral language development residency at the Cochiti School in Pena Blanca New Mexico. This program was desginated as an Examplary Program by the New Mexico Public Education Dept from 2008- 2013. (Sorry for temporary
glitch in opening titles)
"Bob and Liz a have been an integral part
of the fabric of our school community.
They have established deep and meaningful relationships with our students and sta ffand have helped us reach our goals o fimproving oral language development and our overall capacity around language development and literacy.
They have also made a signifcant contribtuion to the professional growth of our staff through the modeling they do in the classroom and their professional development workshops."
Michael Weinberg, Former Principal, Cochiti Elementary School