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Step Into A Story Infant & Toddler Workshops Residencies


Our Workshops

Tips, Ideas & "How-To's" Customized For

Children     Adults    Parents    Storytellers   &  Others


For Children:

Inspiring the Young Author: For elementary through high school students. It is a program in brain storming, selecting themes, writing drafts, critiquing, and rewriting. Papa Joe's enthusiasm inspires even the most reticent students. An adult workshop is also available.

Group and classroom: We have C.L.A.S.S. programs already designed specifically for residencies at schools.


For Adults:

Letting the Children In: For teachers, librarians, and storytellers who want to add more audience response to their tales. Papa Joe demonstrates and explains the techniques of participatory and organic storytelling.

Bringing Books to Life: Designed for early childhood and library students at colleges and universities. Answering questions and demonstrating techniques, we help your students breathe life into books. An entertaining and fact filled program.

Remembering the Folk Games: For playground monitors and teachers interested in teaching simple folk games which children, in turn, can teach their friends. The games are non competitive and mostly prop free.

Reaching the Children: This Early Learning Environment Curriculum workshop is for preschool teachers and home study parents. The smaller the group, the more individual attention. During the workshop, participants learn to develop their own multi-art theme activities. Sample activities include: imaging games, stories, movement games, and songs. The goal of the workshop is to aid teachers and parents using the arts as a medium for helping individual students develop group communication skills.

"Papa Joe was able to relate typical child development and behavior in a unique way that made it real to students. The workshop was very participatory, requiring all students to get involved regardless of how self-conscious they might be. He was infectious, both in his enthusiasm and personality. Several students took the stories and attempted them with young children. Second year students were able to see how facial expressions, tone of voice and volume were used to heighten interest.  

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful workshop you provided for us last night. The teachers (and myself) really seemed to enjoy them selves. I was even told it was the "Best staff meeting ever"! As I walked through the building this morning I heard several of them still discussing the stories you told and others just simply laughing while saying "up the hill and down the hill". Thank you again for making the workshop so enjoyable. You are a wonderful presenter and I hope you made many new STORYTELLERS last night."

 - Susan Amedio, Director Mulberry Childcare Lexington, MA

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For Parents:

Reaching Your Own children:  Building structure for our own children through play: storytelling, folk games, songs, and rhymes. How to plan whats and whens to make quality time reality.

We have programs designed specifically for those parents of Infant/Toddlers; these series are attended with your child(ren).


For Storytellers:

Finding and Refining Your Telling: From finding stories to setting up publicly, Papa Joe helps participants turn weakness into strengths through role playing and stories. It is a basic storytelling overview based on the needs of the learners.

Knowing your Listeners: An interactive, 'how to' workshop on creating intimacy with the audience before, during, and between the stories.  For storytellers interested in increasing their ability to connect with their audiences. Understanding issues of trust and the relationship of the program environment. Adapting telling styles to meet listener needs. Avoiding the pitfalls of assumptions

Apprenticeships on Professional Telling: Making dreams into reality isn't easy, though it can be done.  For those interested in following your dream through it's planning stage, to walk the walk, while talking the talk.

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Other:

Custom Workshops: Papa Joe has provided parent workshops on telling and play, cultural programs for teachers, urban legend telling for teens, and many more. If you have a special need related to storytelling, just let us know. If Papa Joe can’t do it, we probably know who can.

Workshop Hosts: We will work with you to set up a workshop in your community. We’ll help with the planning and provide flyers, etc. These workshops are fun, inspiring, and educational.

"Fantastic! This program was fun as well as inspiring and instructive. I wish every conference would have a kids performer sharing tips and ideas."

"Amazing amount of useful, usable information in such a short amount of time! Instructor asked us what we each wanted out of the session and proceeded to cover each topic. Well done."

- 1990 Massachusetts Library Association’s Conference

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