This week in "Building Stories With Word Elf", we were introduced to The Magical World of Fan and Caitlin's invisible friend, The Word Elf.
The Magical World of FAN (Fantastical Areas of INvention) is a place where you can be anyone, do anything, and go anywhere. We talked about the four rules we have to follow in order to travel to Fan, which are:
1. Have fun
2. Be Nice
3. Try something new
Each day of class, students meet on the Launch Pad to talk about what they remember from the last class and to review the rules. Then, we PUSH ALL THE BUTTONS and launch into the Magical World of Fan!
We spent the first day creating the Magical World of Fan using the "Yes...and" game. In this game, one student comes up with something he/she thinks is in Fan, such as "A house!" The next student says "YES! and..." and he/she adds something else. As the students added these things, they would stand up to become them, themselves.
Then suddenly, a gust of wind blew us in the direction of one of the arrows on the floor, and we noticed a mysterious yellow note on the wall. We found three in total. Each had a single word on it, and students took turns tracing the words on the notes. When we put them in order, the notes said "Give a gift!" This note from Word Elf reminded Caitlin of a game she knew by the same name, and so we played!
In "Give a Gift", one student picks up an imaginary gift, being sure to show us the size and weight of the present. He/she presents it to the other student, who opens it and declares what's inside. Thank you's and your welcome's are exchanged, and then we switch.
After playing these games, I asked the students if we ever run out of ideas. One student claimed that yes, sometimes he ran out of ideas. I asked him, "So when you run out of an idea, what happens next?" And he said, "I get a new idea." Exactly!
At our second class, we started to talk more about who we thought Word Elf was. Thursdays are special days because Word Elf leaves us a Word of the Week, and everyone was pretty stoked for that. But before we could get there, we launched into FAN and immediately were blown in four directions to find four more mysterious yellow notes. When we traced the words and put them together, they said "What Are You Doing?" This, of course, reminded Caitlin of a game she knew, by the same name.
In "What Are You Doing?", one student begins an activity, any activity at all, such as brushing teeth. Another student asks, "What are you doing?" and the first student has to name an activity DIFFERENT from their current one. Once that activity is named, the second student starts doing that activity. Another student comes to ask "What are you doing?" and the game continues.
When the game was over, we discovered four tape lines on the floor, and when we fit the four notes into the lines, the shape that was created was an arrow. When we followed the arrow, we were lead to a mysterious package, and inside....was our Word of the Week! Students sat at the table with markers to complete their Word of the Week activity.
Each week, students will receive a Word of the Week and a Story of the Week (on the back). The story gets a new chapter each week, and by the end of class, students will have a complete story, which they have read carefully and circled their "Word of the Week" in each one.
Next week we will review some games from this week, continuing to explore the themes of "Ideas are Gifts" and "We never run out of ideas!" We will also start talking about the structure of stories, ie, beginnings, middles and ends, and learn to identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. And of course, we will get a new Word of the Week. :)
See you in class!
Caitlin & The Word Elf
On this blog, you can follow your students' progression through our Fall 2016 "Building Stories With Word Elf" class! Each week Caitlin will post a little about what we did in class, and what's coming up in the following week. Feel free to comment with any questions, or email Caitlin directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you! We are so excited to have your students in our class!
Learning becomes the Most. Exciting. Thing. EVER! in this innovative class for 5 and 6-year-olds. Over ten weeks, students will explore a variety of storytelling forms with instructor Caitlin Lushington and her invisible friend, The Word Elf. Students will embrace the concept of "Yes, and...!" in sharing and creating their story ideas. Caitlin’s good friend, the Word Elf (an invisible Elf that LOVES words!) will bring each student a new word/concept each week related to the theater, storytelling and ensemble-building. At the end of the class,students will present a showcase of the stories they've created and the games/exercises they've learned to family and friends.
Here are just a few of the awesome story forms we’ll be exploring:
~Movement & Tableaus
~Guided Imaginative Play
~and so much more!
You can follow your students’ progress through our online blog using the “Word Elf” category. Updated weekly.
INSTRUCTOR: Caitlin Lushington (and her invisible friend, The Word Elf!)
October 3rd* - December 8th
Tuesdays & Thursdays
$200 (that’s $10/class!)**
*The first 15 minutes of our first day of class, parents are invited to a brief informational welcome meeting.
**We never refuse a student on the basis of financial need. Please email us at email@example.com with the subject line "Word Elf Financial Help" to inquire about financial assistance and payment plans.
THE MAGICAL WORLD OF FAN
The Word Elf is from an incredible place filled with adventures called The Magical World of FAN (Fantastical Areas of Invention). In this magical world you can be anyone and do anything. The only rules are:
1. Have fun!
2. Be nice!
3. Try something new!
4. YES! AND....
Caitlin and the Word Elf have been on all sorts of adventures together in the Magical World of Fan. She is recording some of them and will be releasing a new one each month. Here is our first demo episode:
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Caitlin Lushington is a teacher, director, actress and master fort-builder. She has been creating classes for children since she was 9 and has worked with a wide variety of ages, from toddlers to college students. Recent teaching opportunities have been with Enso Theatre Ensemble, NorthWest Children’s Theatre, Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts and Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy. Caitlin has also been a professional nanny for the last four years and has steadily learned how to blend lesson plans into fort-building days with her kids. Teaching is what gets Caitlin up in the morning and she is eager to create a well-rounded program with Enso. She is a firm believer in taking time to breathe, and the motto, "One day at a time."
Caitlin Lushington is the Co-Artistic Director of the Enso Theatre Ensemble, a teacher, director, and actress. Sometimes she works too hard, sometimes she forgets things, and she strives to put the car keys back in the same place every time. She drinks tea every morning from her TARDIS mug and "Mr. Tea" diffuser. She loves the morning and wishes she had a photographic memory, so she could remember the names of every person she meets.