Author Karen Whiting will be conducting a workshop Puppetry in Education at the Florida Homeschool Convention in Orlando, on May 26th.
A former television host of the educational television series Puppets on Parade and author of two books on puppetry, Whiting trained at the Eugene O’Neill theater center in Connecticut. She also taught for a national puppet supply company at regional puppet festivals and recently taught puppetry workshops in China.
Puppetry involves art and performance, providing many benefits to students. Puppets can bring stories to life to support language and literacy development. Since children can hide behind a curtain they also help young ones develop confidence in public speaking. Puppets can be easier for children to talk to, making them helpful in therapy as well as managing classroom behavior. Puppetry naturally fosters creative play and acting out of emotions. Puppet making and manipulation help develop small and gross motor skills. They are tools that bridge the mind, heart, and body.
Karen Whiting is an international speaker and award-winning author of twenty-three books. She has written more than seven suhundred articles and short pieces for over sixty publications. Whiting has also been the community producer and host of a television series, Puppets on Parade, for Miami educational TV. She has appeared on a variety of TV and radio programs. Whiting raised five children, including two daughters, and she understands the perspective of parents who need guidance on raising daughters.
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Nature Bible Puppet Mania
Nature Bible Puppet Maniaa
Discover unique ideas to make puppets from scrap items, develop puppetry skits, and learn the basics of manipulating puppets. Transform paper, old dusters, boxes, and inexpensive items into nature puppets to help children learn about animals, energy, and conservation.