Faraway Woods, a New Podcast by Award-Winning Children’s Theatre, Teaches Pro-Social Skills

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CLIMB Theatre, a national leader in theatre for young audiences, engages children ages 4-9 through interactive audio dramas. ST. PAUL, Minn., May 23, 2016 – Kids across the country can now travel to Faraway Woods, a world of delightful characters and interactive stories, thanks to the release of a new podcast by award-winning CLIMB Theatre. CLIMB, based out of St. Paul, MN, created Faraway …

Craft: Make a Spider Out of a Paper Cup with Actor Paulino Brener

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This week, CLIMB launched a brand new podcast for ages 4-9 called Faraway Woods. Intended as resource for parents and teachers, episodes teach pro-social skills through the arts. In the episode released today, the actor who plays one of the characters, Paulino Brener, teaches kids how to create a spider out of a paper cup–as well as some basic Spanish vocabulary. Watch …

Acceptance of Differences Lesson Plans for Elementary Teachers

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Looking for a great way to teach diversity to your elementary school students? CLIMB Theatre’s acceptance of differences lesson plans provide fun, interactive activities for elementary school teachers to bring these positive behavior skills into the classroom. In our acceptance of differences lesson plans, you’ll find the following activities: Popcorn, an activity to help students learn about similarities and difference. Students pretend to …

Using Theatre to Teach English

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CLIMB Theatre partnered with Learning in Style in Minneapolis, MN, to incorporate theatre as a way to teach English to non-native speakers. The program was developed through an Arts Access Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. In this video, we had a chance to sit down with teachers and students at Learning in Style to talk about some of the …

3 Ways Theatre Education Builds Self-Confidence

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“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – NFL legend and actor, Joe Namath Self-confidence is one of the most important skills that parents and teachers can encourage in students of all ages. Students who possess self-confidence are more likely to:      Develop healthy, long-lasting friendships.      Perform well in …

Talking to Students about Peer Pressure

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Photo courtesy Flikr user USAGJ One of the most important life skills students need is the ability to resist peer pressure and to make choices grounded in their own desires and values.  This is important in everything from substance abuse prevention to bullying prevention.  In our classes, CLIMB teaches students 4 Refusal Steps. Use a role­playing exercise like the one below to practice these …

Northview Elementary Student Is Touched by CLIMB’s Anti-Bullying Play

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We had the chance to sit down with Becky Hanson, Assistant Administrator of Northview Elementary, about her school’s experience with CLIMB’s anti-bullying play, The Actors’ Union Club.  Becky talked about cyberbullying and social media related bullying, and shared a wonderful story about how one of her students was greatly impacted by CLIMB’s work.

3 Fun Ways to Make Your School More Sustainable

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At CLIMB Theatre we know that healthy schools want to teach students to keep the environment healthy, too. So, how can you work sustainability into your lesson plans in a fun and effective way? If you want to encourage environmental responsibility in your students, trying using these three steps: 1) Identify the problems. Students may not realize what happens to …

2 Simple Techniques for Teaching Self-Control

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Every teacher knows how important it is to help students learn self-control—it’s vital to a healthy and positive classroom climate! Beyond that, students with self-control do better in life: they get better grades, demonstrate greater self-acceptance and self-esteem, report less guilt and shame that lead to destructive behaviors, and develop stronger and healthier interpersonal relationships. So what can you do …

5 Effective Bullying Prevention Steps for Schools

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Photo credit Flickr user Twentyfour Students As more research is conducted on bullying and bullying prevention programs, it becomes abundantly clear that bullying is a multi-faceted problem that requires an equally multi-faceted solution. In fact, did you know…? 1 out of every 4 students (22%) reported being bullied during the school year. The top reasons given for bullying: Looks (55%), …