Visits and Workshops

 Storytelling Session

I offer a 2 hour visit for educational settings, which can be tailored to cover a number of different classes to suit your needs. A two hour session is £150.

What to expect from my story telling sessions:

  • An introduction to kamishibai and the history behind it.
  • A reading of The Gingerbread Man or The Ugly Duckling using kamishibai – this reading can be supported by the use of props or basic makaton.
  • Oral storytelling of a traditional Japanese story
  • For younger groups I follow up with some rhymes and a song.
  • For older groups I introduce some basic Japanese culture and language.

Each class visited gets a copy of our Planning Ideas Pack which is full of activities linked to the story.

You have the opportunity to buy your own copy of The Gingerbread Man with a 10% discount (valid for 6 months after the session).

Meet the Author Session

I offer a 40 minute session for educational settings. This 40 minute session is £60.

What to expect from my Meet the Author session:

  • An introduction to kamishibai and how I came to be an author and kamishibai publisher.
  • A reading of The Gingerbread Man or The Ugly Duckling using kamishibai – this reading can be supported by the use of props or basic makaton.
  • The chance to ask me questions about being an author.

 

Teacher Workshop (New!)

I offer an hour and a half long workshop for a maximum of 20 (schools can come together to share this experience) £120

Make your own workshop. Chose two options from:

  • Change your storytime – I share tips and techniques that I have perfected after 27 years in early years.
  • Storytime not working? I can help you look at your setting and make changes to enhance story time.
  • Working with parents – Ideas and programmes to help you make parents as partners.
  • Kamishibai in the classroom – How to get the best out of using kamishibai.
  • Making resources to aid your story telling experience.
  • Making books to encourage reading for pleasure.
  • Engaging EAL and SEND children
  • Writing – ideas to encourage writing for pleasure.

These sessions can be tailored to suit your needs and are ideal for twilight teacher training sessions.

 

Patron of Reading 

I am available as a Patron of Reading in Bedfordshire and surrounding areas. 

What is a Patron of Reading? https://www.patronofreading.co.uk/

‘A Patron of Reading is a school’s special children’s author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasureculture in the school: book quizzes, blogs, book recommendations, discussions, plays, poetry bashes, blogs, book trailers and visits. The possibilities are virtually endless.’

Please email wendy@thesidlawhare.co.uk to discuss how we can work together to bring the benefits of the Patron of Reading scheme to your school.

 

 

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If you require a story telling session for a wedding, a children’s party or similar event, please email wendy@thesidlawhare.co.uk.

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