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Teachers, Educators and Stage Co-ordinators,

Welcome to my enchanted world!  I utilise the art of storytelling and performance to bring information to life in a meaningful and connected way.

I work with a wide range of audiences and contexts from schools, libraries and events (such as literature festivals).

I have a number of incursions that complement the Australian School Curriculum.

I am currently offering a magical storytelling reproduction of the well-known fairytale, ‘Goldilocks’, ideally suited to prep (or kinder in NSW) to grade one as part of the Literature unit.

Also, I offer  general literature appreciation sessions (presentation of popular children’s authors/books).  Book Week and author appreciation/spotlight studies are “my specialty”.

 

1.  FAIRYTALE EDUCATION / GOLDILOCKS INCURSION

This is an invitation for all prep [QLD] / Kinder [NSW] and grade one, two and three students to meet a “real” fairy, Fairy Poppilina, the fairytale and storytelling fairy, in ‘FAIRY POPPILNA’S GOLDILOCKS/FAIRYTALE EDUCATION SESSION’.

Students will learn the ‘secret magical’ fairytale recipe/ [fairytale composition] and its enduring power.

Students, at times, will also become part of Fairy Poppilina’s Storytelling Reproduction of the well-known fairytale, ‘Goldilocks’ – marching through the forest like the three bears and using their range of ‘bear voices’, allowing students to explore voice and movement, learn about focus, identify the main idea of this fairytale and learn how ideas can be expressed through role and story.

They will seek to find if Goldilocks ever apologised and if the three bears chose to forgive her; thus emphasising how fairytales are evolutionary and adaptable; with the origins and components of the fairytale remaining but adapting to current values and concepts [such as growth mindset].

The key objectives are to engage and develop students to:

  •  recognise and apply literary concepts such as the distinction of a fairytale’s structure
  • expression through voice, movement and role play
  • apply creative thinking to problem solve and overcome real or imagined obstacles
  • explore concepts relating to morals
  • distinguish different personalities and build empathy

Fairy Poppilina looks forward to sharing her fairytale magic at your school!

Fairy Poppilina also recommends (and can include) a retelling of ‘Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians’, a fractured fairytale. and touches on  how fairytales and fractured fairytales vary.

Fairy Poppilina is a delightful incursion provider and can also be found on ‘findaschoolworkshop.com’

NB:  Prep/Kinder/Grade One teachers – this is a great session in follow up to the fairytale unit.

Grade Two teachers – the fairytale is a fine example of the narrative and complements narrative unit studies.

Grade Three – teachers, fairytales and fractured fairytales, link to the study of ‘Imaginative Texts’.

 

‘BOOKS ARE MAGIC’ / GENERAL LITERATURE APPRECIATION (Suitable for Book Week):

Fairy Poppilina imparts the truism of: BOOKS ARE MAGIC!  Through good quality stories, we LEARN, LAUGH and are LIBERATED.  Good stories ‘stick’; they inhabit the dark recesses of the mind and  heart.  “There is no friend as loyal as a book” – Ernest Hemmingway.

Books take you away and along the way you learn and feel and expand.

Fairy Poppilina has carefully curated her selection of stories to the following for K-2 (NSW) or Prep-2 (Qld) in her

 

Never Say No To A Princess [Tracey Corderoy]

This is a personal development/growth mindset story that teaches valuable lessons concerning the importance of manners/being nice and friendship superseding material things.  This pain-in-the-neck princess is never happy until one day she meets a dragon.  As the story unfolds, students can think about positive ways to behave.  Also, students may think about how friends come in all shapes and sizes ..

“I want no more things, I just want a friend to have fun with”.

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet [Anna Kemp]

Another growth mindset story that shows the importance of determination, tenacity and listening to your dreams.  Also, this story illustrates the debunking of stereotypes.

“There was Biff out dancing as light as a sugarpuff.  Dogs can do ballet”.  We can all do anything our hearts and minds desire…

 

AUTHOR APPRECIATION – AARON BLABEY

 Noah Dreary [Aaron Blabey]-

Consequences, redemption and resilience are encapsulated in this enthralling story of a boy losing his head PHYSICALLY AND METAPHORICALLY due to over-complaining!  Its pithy messages of redemption and newfound gratitude are just so important!

Thelma The Unicorn 

If there was ever a story to promote the theme of being true to yourself and being proud of who you are, then this is it!  Wow and wow!  Also, this story portrays the downside of fame.  The ending is ‘goosebumpingly-endearingly’ sweet ..Thelma returns to her best friend who has always accepted her.  Now Thelma does too.

 

AUTHOR APPRECIATION – JULIE DONALDSON

A Squash and a Squeeze [Julia Donaldson]

This story is based on an old Jewish fable and has an important moral about being grateful for what we have.  It includes repetitive rhyme add lots of audience interaction.  A little old lady lives all by herself but she’s not happy – the house  is too small, even for one.  The wise old man knows what to do:  bring in a flapping, scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals.  When she pushes them all out again, she’ll be amazed at how big her house now feels.

The Singing Mermaid or Sugarlump and the Unicorn

Both favourites of Fairy Poppilina and told with great emotion and warmth.

 

MINDFULNESS STORIES/MINDFULNESS STORYTELLING SESSION:

Never Say No To A Princess + Noah Dreary

In this session, students will learn about BIG emotions, emotional regulation through the magic breath, the importance of having a safe place to go into your mind and the traffic light (red, orange and green) and how to respond to red, orange and green (breathing and mindfulness techniques and stop, slow down and go – children will have the opportunity to make their own take home traffic light too).  The session then segues into the presentation of Never Say No To A Princess (a princess with no emotional regulation, which she must learn from a dragon plus The Mindful Dragon -the story of teaching mindfulness to a dragon) and/or Noah Dreary (a little boy who really needed to know about the magic breath and emotional regulation; suitable for grade 1/2 onwards).

 

ADVENTURE STORIES:

 The Journey Home [Alison Lester]

Can you imagine digging a hole in your sandpit and finding yourself falling into it and coming out at the North Pole?  Then, whilst attempting to return home, you undertake a magical odyssey where you met Santa, a pirate, a mermaid, a fairy and a gypsy.  What will you eat, where will you sleep?  Such an imaginative story!  Students are then asked which magical/mythical creature is most appealing and why.  Students also have the opportunity to design their own magical journey – would it be in space, amongst the treetops, under the sea?

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt [Rosen]

Lots of magical movement and fun in this repetitive and exciting story!

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Other:

Fairy Poppilina’s favourite children’s authors are:  Julia Donaldson, Aaron Blabey, Caryl Hart and Anna Kemp.

Fairy Poppilina other favourite stories from Aaron Blabey (but not yet in the performance storytelling form) include:  Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, A Mouse Named Julian

Other favourite stories from Anna Kemp (but not yet in the performance storytelling form) include:  Dave The Lonely Monster, The Worst Princess

Other favourite stories from Caryl Hart (but not in the performance storytelling form) include: The Princess and The Presents, The Princess and The Peas, Whiffy Wilson (The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Go To School), Peter Pan, The Princess and the Giant

Also . The Children Who Loved Books by Peter Cavanagh, Farmer Duck by Waddell, Purpilicious by Elizabeth Kann, Amelia Ellicott’s Garden by Liliana Stafford, The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant (Oscar Wilde) are must reads!

FAIRY ‘FINEPRINT’

  • The session time is approximately 45 minutes.
  • Maximum number of students per session = 30
  • Minimum of three classes
  • Fairy Poppilina is able to provide up to four sessions in a day
  • Fairy Poppilina sets up in one spot for her visit [no moving between classrooms, just one room for the entirety, due to set up etc].
  • Fairy Poppilina would LOVE a table, a chair and a music stand [if possible]
  • Fairy Poppilina will arrive 30 minutes prior to start time for set up etc.

Great stories change lives.  They introduce us to characters whom we don’t normally encounter in our day to day existences, they take us on adventures, they help us learn important lessons; essentially stories are pivotal to our emotional and educational development.