• A Lot of Drama To Liven Up The Summer!

    A Lot of Drama To Liven Up The Summer!

    stwlogocropped-high-res-2-jpg“We’re learning and we’re not even in school!” That’s my favorite quote from last summer’s “focus group” of local kids that were happy to spend hours each week performing dramatic readings from our Dramaterials™ line of plays & musicals that teach curriculum and character. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your children this summer to keep them reading, learning and evolving, See The Wish has just the (admission) ticket!

    Kids are born entertainers and love to act out parts and venture into other worlds. (Who doesn’t remember putting on childhood skits for good-natured family members lined up on the couch?) When children step into a character’s shoes, they are building their capacity for empathy. Plays build reading fluency, effective listening, language fluency, speaking confidence, patience, self-awareness, memorization and character creation. Plays provide practice at pushing through fear, taking turns, public speaking, cooperation and teamwork. It was not our goal at See The Wish to align Dramaterials™ with over 50 Common Core State Standards for grades 1 through 5 (listed on our website) in Reading, Speaking and Listening, yet our curriculum and character-building plays do just that, inherently.sw-511-crunchy-medium-jpg

    Scripts and songs for our elementary school play kits are written and composed by See The Wish Co-Founder, January Akselrad, who is a drama teacher, performer and playwright/composer of over 100 plays and musicals for schools and educational organizations. Dr. Miriam Westheimer, Program Director at Teachers College at Columbia University, NY, said, "Ms. Akselrad’s original plays are imaginative, engaging and delightful. Following her lead, one can certainly be assured of a successful, educational and fun-filled experience!" While Dramaterials™ can be used to create great actors and theater productions, they are written for inclusion of all elementary school-aged kids at all levels of ability. They are written to teach curriculum and build essential life skills in an entertaining way.

    Dramaterials™ scripts cover topics ranging from the pilgrims, early 20th century immigration, nutrition, the Greek gods, simple machines, coin-collecting, fairy tales and much more. Character education plays with music such as “The Bully And The Bystander” and “If We Didn’t Care” strengthen values and open discussion of difficult topics. All kits come with costuming, props and staging notes from the playwright. Musicals and plays with 1 to 5 songs come with lyrics, lead sheets and CDs with song vocals and instrumental-only performance tracks. Dramaterials™ are packaged inside a strong 3-ring “director’s” case binder that snaps closed, protects the contents and makes for easy storage, script copying and the addition of your own notes.

    See The Wish co-founder, Jennifer Young, who is a life skills specialist, educator and author of award-winning playdevelopmentteam-jpgjuvenile fiction, joined January in leading last summer’s pint-sized focus-group actors. The group was nicknamed the “Beacon Kindness Club” after the title of a script that January wrote just for them that highlighted the value of helping others, and which they performed for their parents and siblings on our last day together. The Beacon Kindness Club and our other on-going See The Wish “Focus Groups” of students, homeschoolers and certified classroom teachers
    help us fine-tune new scripts before we send them to market.

    Dramaterials™ are a fun way to learn, beat the heat and keep kids reading all summer long – and they are also an innovative way to teach. Directing or being a cheering audience member is all you need to do, but join in the drama by taking on a character role and watch as the giggles and inter-generational bonding quickly unfold. Find Dramaterials™ and more See The Wish educational products at www.seethewish.com.

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    Cold Spring, NY 10516
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