Author: Jaime Greenberg

Becoming the story: Reading aloud with Shakespeare

One of the best, and most fun, ways to get kids actively engaged in reading is through drama. For older readers, reading stories and plays aloud– and acting them out– helps master the finer skills needed for true literacy. It also encourages a love for the sound and rhythm of the words. We see this firsthand at Sunflower in our We Love Shakespeare! class.

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Positive Spaces

From the green middle of the park I follow the sidewalk all the way around with my eyes, like tracing a line. It occurs to me this is one of the few times I’ve explored the grassy areas and rough edges of this particular park… which is ridiculous. Usually when we come here, I’m running or biking, or my daughters are scootering. We hardly ever leave the sidewalk!

But the real life is in the middle, beyond the edges, in the “negative space,” to borrow a term from art class, that lies outside that concrete line that circles the park. And it occurs to me (in light of recent research) that young girls in particular, like mine, could benefit from going off trail and exploring outside the lines a little bit. All it takes is a little extra encouragement.

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Hop, Skip & a Video-a-thon

Recently, I had so much fun playing with Sunflower’s We Love Shakespeare! class. My daughter, Suzie (who’s in the class) and I wrote a couple of video scripts together to promote Sunflower’s upcoming Hop, Skip & a Jump-A-Thon fundraiser. And then I got to spend last Friday afternoon watching the always-up-for-anything Shakespeare players bring our words to life. Click on over to see the video!!!

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