School Year Programs
1-2-3 Summer Sampler 2020
Each 1-2-3 session is 1 hour per day, 2 days per week, 3 weeks per session.
Forums currently include “1st & 3rds,” for grades 6-8, a Friday night drop-in story collaborative social; and Forums–curated story conversations covering a range of subjects, occurring in a variety of locations, and open to a range of ages.
StoryForum Programs in a Nutshell
NARRATIVE ARTS APPROACHES
Storytellers takes children on a journey using their own stories–both real and imagined.
StoryBuilders is an extremely engaging and beloved story production and performance activity. Led by program associates, participants become their own character living in a group created setting and living out a collaboratively inspired plot. This collaborative story takes shape as a play, computer game, comic, film or art object. Instructors guide social and emotional learning through socratic probing for character motivation and consequences.
Personal Story Narratives
Identity and “moment-in-time” stories capture those stories that shape and define us all. From how we were named to holiday traditions (including food, of course), we capture stories with a focus on exploring self concept. Often we start with the physical self portrait, the family portrait, and neighborhood. Our conversations focus on the relationships children have with each of these selves.
Passports moves youth out of their comfort zone and challenges them to expand their boundaries of friends, family, and community.
The Passport activities range from tracing our roots to meeting and considering the cultures of those who live on the other side of the planet.
OUT IN THE WORLD (OitW)
OitW builds on young people’s evolving sense of agency and desire to demonstrate and test their talents and interests. We help youth articulate their beliefs, then be of service to those beliefs.
Primary OitW Activities use forms of service learning, mentoring, and apprenticing to challenge young people’s interests.
ACTIVITIES WOVEN THROUGHOUT EACH PROGRAM
Touchpoints and Community circles
Within large or small group gatherings, young people express their thoughts–what’s hot on their minds; they evaluate the remains of the day, and voice their hopes for what comes next.
Young people tune into their minds and bodies and begin to appreciate their rhythms.
Fun and Games
Emotional and social themes are woven into collaborative physical activities using large and small muscles and include nature walks and lawn games (bocci, magnetic darts, obstacle courses, scavenger/treasure hunts) weather permitting.
Everyone needs a stretch of time to let their minds wander. We build in ½ – 1 hour of “me” time into our full day programs where children rest, then exercise self choice activities.
Snacks or meals
Everyone pitches in to serve and clean up; everyone waits to be seated and served; and everyone waits until all are done before moving on to the next activity.