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Teachers, Educators and Stage Co-ordinators,

As an incursion provider, Fairy Poppilina is able to relate to any unit of study by providing appropriate stories and follow up discussion.  Her main focus is offering ‘Story Adventures’ and highlighting the power of stories to take us to places and meet new faces that we may, otherwise, never encounter and including educational components complementary to the unit of study.

In essence Fairy Poppilina offers ‘story-ventures’ by taking  a well-known children’s story [or fairytale] and  sprinkling her story magic upon it!

To date, here are some of the sessions Fairy Poppilina has provided to both BOYS and GIRLS:

 

Suitable for Prep-Grade 3: ‘The Fairytale Vs The Fractured Fairytale’

In this session, students learn the key elements that define the fairytale, the history of the fairytale, followed by  the performance of a RESOLVED performance of Goldilocks [with a letter writing activity – personal expressive text].  Children also learn the power of forgiveness as a bonus takeaway message.

There is also the elucidation of the differences between a fairytale and a fractured fairytale  culminating in the storytelling of ‘Goldi Socks And The Three Libearians’  – yes, that is right, Goldi Socks discovers a bear cottage made out of books .. can she find the ‘just right’ story to read?  Will the three libearians be angry to discover her sneaking through their books?  This is THE BEST fractured fairytale of Goldilocks in all of fractured fairytale-land!

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’.

 

Suitable for Prep to Grades 1 & 2 ‘Bad Guys + A Princess Who Cries ‘ – ‘What The Ladybird Heard’ (Julia Donaldson) and ‘Never Say No To A Princess’ (Tracy Corderoy)

Fairy Poppilina has a very engaging performance of these profound stories, jam-packed with powerful messages such as ‘unsung hero’, working together, action and consequence.

Be ready to frolic on a farm, visit a royal palace and fly with a dragon [plus dance and make lots of animal sounds].

 

Suitable for Prep – Grade 2 ‘Consequences’ – Noah Dreary (Aaron Blabey) and ‘Sugarlump And The Unicorn’ (Julia Donaldson)

The theme of action/consequences and the importance of making good choices are explored in these two wonderful stories.  Noah Dreary is just your above average ‘whinger’ who pays the cost for same but subsequently learns how to find joy and happiness in his new situation.  Similarily, Sugarlump has a case of ‘the grass is always greener’ and learns that perhaps it is not.

 

Suitable for All – ‘The Importance of Being Yourself .. Be You!’ – Purpilicious (Elizabeth Kann) + Thelma The Unicorn [Aaron Blabey]

Fairy Poppilina understands the importance of growth mindset books and presents Thelma The Unicorn and Purpilicious, stories which convey the importance of being yourself, no matter what and the unhappiness in being something you are not.

 

Suitable for all – ‘The Importance of Working Together’ – Farmer Duck [Martin Waddell] + Amelia Ellicott’s Garden [Liliana Stafford]

Two stories that portray the importance of achieving great outcomes when co operation and working together is undertaken.  What The Ladybird Heard would also fit into this session too.

 

Suitable for all – ‘Solutions to Problems’ – Pinkalicious [Elizabeth Kann] + Corduroy [Don Freeman]

Pinkalicious has a problem – she has turned pink from eating too many cupcakes [which she actually finds pinkatastic and pinkeriffic] but, alas, she subsequently turns red [which she really does mind].  However, Pinkalicious remembers the solution, applies the solution and the problem is remedied.  Similarly, discarded teddy bear Corduroy has a problem – no one will buy him and take him home as he has a missing button on his overalls.  Luckily his ‘solution’ one day appears [after a disastrous first attempt at finding his own button].  The National Education Association named Corduroy one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”[1] It was one of the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.[2]

 

Suitable for Prep – Grade One – Author Studies Unit – Julia Donaldson

Fairy Poppilina discusses how the ‘reading journey’ often results in ‘catching a favourite author’ [like the prolific Julia Donaldson].  Julia Donaldson’s array of wonderful stories are fabulously imaginative and literary ingenious!  Fairy Poppilina presents a very interactive ‘What The Ladybird Heard’ and the pithy ‘Sugarlump and the Unicorn’.  The session also includes information about Julia Donaldson and the fact that she personally asked Fairy Poppilina to nominate her favourite Julia Donaldson story [Fairy Poppilina’s favourite Julia Donaldson story is, by the way, ‘Sugarlump and the Unicorn’ with ‘The Paper Dolls’ also highly ranked.

 

Suitable for Prep or Daycare Centres – ‘Magical Beings’ – Isabella’s Secret [Jane Turner] + The Journey Home [Alison Lester]

Fairy Poppilina retells ‘Isabella’s Secret’ by Jane Turner [a story of a little girl who is visited by the fairies and invited into their fairy world] as well as ‘The Journey Home’ by Alison Lester [a story of a brother and sister whose sandpit hole takes them into the Magic Lands, visiting Santa, a pirate, a mermaid, a prince and a fairy]. Follow up discussion is centred around favourite magical creatures.  For more information for daycare centres, please see separate program page.

 

Plus more!

.. Other stories Fairy Poppilina has presented extemporaneously include:  Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp [theme = tenacity leads to dreams being realised],  How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long [an imaginative narrative] A Squash And A Squeeze by Julia Donaldson [theme = perception, gratitude, poetry]   The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle [metamorphosis, biology],   Oi Frog by Kes Gray [rhyming/poetry] The Pig’s Knickers by Jonathan Emmett [embracing what you need to feel good],  The Princess and the Presents by Caryl Hart [spoilt behaviour and discovering what matters almost most too late] .. and fairytales .. The Frog Prince, The Princess and the Pea …

The complete story list is thus:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldi Socks and the Three Liberarians

What The Ladybird Heard

Never Say No To A Princess

Noah Dreary

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

Isabella’s Secret

The Journey Home

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet

How I Became A Pirate

A Squash and a Squeeze

Pinkalicious / Purpilicious

Corduroy

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Thelma The Unicorn

Oi Frog

The Pig’s Knickers

Farmer Duck

Amelia Ellicott’s Garden

The Princess and the Presents

Tbe Frog Prince

The Princess and the Pea

 

FAIRY ‘FINEPRINT’

  • All students receive a ‘fairy certificate’  and a sparkledust dusting!
  • The session time is approximately 45 minutes.
  • Two sessions minimum @$480 [ $8 per student, based on 60 students]
  • Maximum number of students per session = 30
  •  Interstate/long distance travel may incur a travel fee of  up to $150, depending on location.
  • Fairy Poppilina is able to provide up to four sessions in a day [four sessions are discounted at $800, 3 sessions are discounted at $600].
  • 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 will arrive 30 minutes prior to start time for set up etc.
  • Fairy Poppilina requires a table and chair [fairy ‘fankadoodles’].

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.