Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Magic Carpet Theater Performance Encourages Imagination and Reading

On November 19, Michigan-based Magic Carpet Theater will bring its interactive show to Abbot. Designed to encourage children to use their imaginations so they will become better readers, this show asks children to participate through role-playing, creating sound effects and making rhythms. The performance is fast-paced with lots of humor and audience participation and includes children's literature favorites with positive messages, such as Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches.

Fourth and fifth graders will have special workshops in their classrooms after the show designed to promote reading and unlock the imagination, a key to the reading process. Once a student outgrows picture books, they need to be able to make pictures in their minds to comprehend what they are reading. The workshops use discussion, dramatic play and imagery to help students tap into the precious resource of their own imaginations.

A big thank you to Target for funding the all-school show. The workshops are sponsored by the Abbot PTO. Thank you PTO members.

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