Friday, August 31, 2012

Education Highway:Storytelling Concerts, Workshops and More!

List your storytelling events here for free, no strings attached. It will also be listed in my
bi-monthly newsletter. International events are most welcome as are events taking place beyond 2012.

Please follow the detailed instructions at the bottom of this page. and email your event to me with Education Highway listed in the subject heading at .


Needham, MA Stories in Progress -second Monday of every month - An open story laboratory with innovative coaching technique for works in progress. Listeners also participate in improvisational responses to the stories. Contact , call 781-444-1986 or see .
2013 Events
February 3, 2013 Berkeley, California - Workshop: Building Stories from Scratch by Tim Ereneta, to be held at a private residence. Address will be provided once you have registered.  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Presented by Storytelling Association of Califronia. For registration (required) . For  more informaton contact Tim Ereneta at *510) 931-3194 or email at .

February 8-11, 2013
Brattleboro Vermont - 7th annual Springboards for Stories workshop held at Kipling's historic home. It is designed to help individuals develop their own personal stories and is open to all, regardless of experience. Jackson Gillman,, 508-295-0886. Details and testimonials on
April 5-7, 2013 South Portland, Maine Sharing the Fire: Northeast Storytelling Conference,, More information will be posted in the future. Visit
April 11-14, 2013 Beaufort, South Carolina - BIG Story Fest & Liars Competition, headlined by Bil Lepp, a recipient of the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award. The BIG Story Fest is an esteemed gathering of those who shoot the breeze with the greatest of ease, of the lying liars and the audiences who laugh with them, including workshops, children’s events, special theater events, concerts, and audience participation activities. A project of ARTworks, the arts council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands., 843-379-2787.

April 26–28, 2013 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Northlands Storytelling Conference. More information will be posted in the future. Visit
June 7-14, 2013 Nairobi, Kenya SIGANA International Storytelling Festival, various venues.For information contact: Zamaleo Arts and Culture Trust, . For dates Kristin Pedemonti performs,
August 1-4, 2013 National Storytelling Conference, Richmond, Virginia. More information will be posted in the future. Visit


Here Women Tell. We air a new show every 1st and 3rd Monday each month. Each show is up for two weeks and then it goes into our archives.

Alamosa, Colorado - Children’s Hour on KRZA 88.7 FM radio or streaming on the net at 5:00-6:00 p.m.

’s Tales Revisited – Produced and hosted by Colorado storyteller Katy Little. Storytelling programs from the past interspersed with new stories, reflections and comments from storytellers around the country. It airs on the 4th Sunday of the month from 6-7 pm (Mountain Standard time) on KRFC FM 88.9 from Fort Collins, CO. You can STREAM the WEB “live” at Click on “Listen Live” in the top right corner. For more information contact Katy at, or call 970-613-1197.
Call for Storytellers: Yes, your great stories, well told and well recorded, can be on internet radio. We have listeners in 101 countries and are rated 29th out of 434 spoken word stations. Our DJ is Buck P. Creacy. Visit 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the large number of submissions I receive please follow the directions and format rules below or your submission(s) will be disregarded. I will no longer contact you to alert you of a problem with your format as it has become far too time consuming.If submitted correctly I will email you that it has been received and that it will be included. I hope you understand and will continue to submit your wonderful venues. ** Before you submit take a look at the list above to see if the event has already been included. Everything is listed in chronological order.
Please DO NOT use abbreviations; this is an international list.
Massachusetts not MA.
Avenue not Ave.
  • Please DO NOT send me flier's to edit or anything that needs rewording, spell checking or rearranging to fit the format.
  • Please include year of your event.
  • Submissions must be in paragraph form, NOT a bulleted list.
  • Only workshops, conferences, festivals, classes or retreats. NO personal performances or personal conference workshops.
Required informaton:

Date(s) of venue
Location: City and state (No abbreviations and list country if outside of the United States.
Two sentence synopsis describing venue.
Contact information. i.e. name and website, email or phone
Font: Times Roman size 12 black
Please do not submit flyer's to edit.

Here is an example of the correct format:

March 3, 2012 Urbana, Illinois - Workshop: Building Oral Narrative: The Practical Construction of Effective Stories for Telling by Janice Del Negro at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory. 8:30 AM. Part of the Museum’s annual WorldFest multicultural performance celebration. For registration (required) or information, contact Kim Sheahan at 217-244-3355 or .
Incorrect format:

Date: March 3, 2012
Location: Urbana, IL
Description: Building Oral Narrative: The Practical Construction of Effective Stories for Telling by Janice Del Negro at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory. 8:30 AM. Part of the Museum’s annual WorldFest multicultural performance celebration
Contact information: For registration (required) or information, contact Kim Sheahan at 217-244-3355 or .


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Swimming Towards the End of Summer: Oceans and Whales

The Sea Fairy
by Warwick Goble
Are you looking for some fun additions to finish off your summer programs with the little ones? Here are some songs, fingerplays and story stretches about whales and the ocean to help cool them off during the last hot days of summer!

There are also additional links for two separate blog posts with more fun and some lesson plans, games and activities for the older children.


A Sea Song (Sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

The waves at the beach go up and down, up and down, up and down.
The waves at the beach go up and down all day long.

The lobsters on the beach go snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap.
The lobsters on the beach go snap, snap,snap all day long.

The crabs on the beach go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.
The crabs on the beach go back and forth all day long.

The clams on the beach will open and shut, open and shut, open and shut.
The clams on the beach will open and shut all day long.

The jellyfish they go wibble, wobble, wibble,wibble, wobble, wibble, wibble, wobble, wibble.
The jellyfish they go wibble, wobble, wibble all day long.


A Whale Is Not as Small as Us

A whale is not as small as us (shake head and finger)
Most whales are bigger than a bus! (stretch arms out wide)
A whale is not like a fish in the sea (shake head and finger)
A whale breathes air like you and me.(take deep breath)
A whale can't walk upon the ground (shake head and finger)
A whale must swim to get around (make swimming motions)
A whale is a mammal just like you and me, (nod head and point to self and children)
But his home is in the deep blue sea! (make wave motions with hand)

I Walked to the Beach

I walked to the beach, (Swing arms and walk in place)
And what did I see? (Put hands over eyes, looking)
A lot of little fish, (Place hands together, wiggle)
Looking at me! (Point to self)
I jumped into the water, (Jump)
And splashed all around. (Put palms down; make splashing motions.)
The fish swam away, (Place hands together; wiggle)
And didn't make a sound! (Put fingers to lips) 


Ocean Motion  (To the tune of Hokey Pokey)

You put your crab claws in,
You take your crab claws out,
You put your crab claws in,
And you snap them all about....
You do the ocean motion and you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about! (Make wave motions with the hands as you turn around)

Swish your eel's tail in..out....sting it all about
Show your shark's teeth...bite them all about
Put your star fish up......down......flop it all around (spread hand wide to be the star fish)
Reach your octopus arms them all around (hug self)
Put your clown fish stripes all around.

The Whales (To the tune of I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a humpback whale,
I'm very strong.
I leap about
and sing a song.
I like to eat my fill
In the Northern Sea.
But in the winter,
South I flee.

I am a beluga,
I'm all white.
From head to tail
I'm quite a sight.
You can hear me singing
Way up north,
Playing and swimming
Back and forth.

I'm a mighty orca
Black and white.
In the sea I'm a beautiful sight.
I'm not very big, but I am sleek.
I hunt for my food
Cause I have teeth.

Another blog post connected to my lapsit program with songs and fingerplays.

Let’s Swim with the Fishes!

And another to celebrate World Water Day.

Water, Water Everywhere



– Ocean information and lots of links here to keep you and your students swimming along for the year.

Karen Chace 2012 ©
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