P1040593Andrea Kamens integrates storytelling with your curricula and requirements to create the vibrant programs you crave for your students. She is flexible with her original ideas and stories, working well with other specialists, fitting into your classrooms, and responding to each student as a whole creative learner and person. Andrea doesn’t tell stories from a playlist, she brings play to your must-do list.

Students actively participate in stories that open their minds in delightful ways, while meeting the criteria of your class, from matching subject matter, to teaching verb tenses, inference, sequencing, phonics, scientific method, or conflict resolution.

Here are some of the types of stories that can be customized to your classroom, mixed-grade assembly, family night, or professional development for teachers.

  • Folklore
  • Trickster Tales
  • STEM – tales of science, engineering, math and natural discovery
  • Literature – retellings from books
  • Empowerment/Conflict Resolution

Andrea is also available as an art specialist for longer and more in-depth work. She is currently teaching at Dorshei Tzedek Sunday School and runs middle school electives at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School.

Sample programs for the classroom (can work for a single guest visit or as a multi-week speciality):

Tricksters and Wit – With the West African Spider Man Anansi as our guide, we travel around the world in stories authentic and original to experience how the powerless use their brains to get out of, and sometimes into, trouble, and consider – through riddles, rhythm, laughter and play – what is fair, just and right.

Story Sense – Try out types of stories, from once upon a time fairytales, to personal narrative, to call-and-response songs. Play with prediction, sequencing, verb tenses, interviewing, character, and plot development, all while expanding listening skills. This unit can culminate in a group performance or story slam. Games such as “The Apple Game” and “Word Pool” can scale up or down for all ages.

Wanting and Wishing – Dragon wants a monkey’s heart so much, when he wakes up, he feels down. There are billy goats who want to eat the flowers on the other side of the bridge and a troll who wants to eat the billy goats. A child might have a magic wand like Mikku’s, granting them the power of nature, or a wishing ring that can be turned only once. While exploring wants and wishes, children learn about perspective, cultural values, fiction and non-fiction, and conflict resolution. These stories open up worlds of play with vocabulary and mathematical and scientific concepts. In the Native Pacific tale of UpRiver Girl, for example, children encounter the ecology of the river, tidal pools, beach, and open ocean, and the cosmology of the original tellers. So come along and wish upon a tale.