SCHOOL PROGRAMS – To Inform, Educate, and Entertain Students

School Storytelling Programs
Teachers, if you are looking for just the right story to enhance your social studies and language curriculum… you will find the tales Ms Fiona tells often have a twist, are funny, and fit the Georgia standards.. See If the Shoe Fits or Timeless Tales of Wit and Wisdom, conference sessions for educators.
 
For the 2013-2014 school year Fiona offers Bettina the Bold as a mentor text to instruct elementary school children in the art of writing.

Elementary School presentations are 35 to 45 minutes, maximum 200 students. Price is based on program and number of students.

**Note on GA standards: Leadership skills… Honesty integrity, fairness, responsible behavior, ethical work habits, passion for goals.

Subtle teaching is done by telling entertaining personal stories about difficult tasks, overcoming fears, having patience, becoming organized, paying attention, and harnessing other life skills.
Volunteers from the group practice sighted guide techniques and learn to use their words for more effective communication.
Interactive, humorous tales and adaptive technology demonstrate self-confidence and self reliance.

*From The Voice of an Elementary Teacher: “Her teaching experience gives her the wisdom to handle any kind of group. Children who rarely sit still are mesmerized! The child can be six or twelve, yet she adapts the pace and the language to tweak their interest, often using the same story… changing the age of the character.

 Available Programs:

“Dare To Be YOU” (K thru 12)

Fiona shares how she felt different when she became blind and how she found a way to fit in.
Using folk tales and her own personal stories, Fiona tells how she reads with her ears and her hands and how she learned to adapt to the sighted world. She uses funny personal stories and makes a connection to the same insecurity and fears of a little crow who didn’t fit in.“Charlotte Crow thinks she is ordinary and only valuable if she is adorned with magnificent colorful feathers.“
Fiona shows her how to look inside and see her beauty and worth in the adaptation of this ancient Aesop fable.
Fiona references Helen Keller and Louis Braille. She gives information about using a guide dog. No, Fiona no longer has a dog guide. She uses a cane.

“Snow Flake” (Pre-K thru 2nd grade).

One of the “Three Blind Mice” (Fiona in costume) shares funny folktales with a twist about being blind. Snow Flake teaches the importance of respect, manners, and learning a second language!

Queen of the Okefenokee, Liddie Crews

“Queen of the Okefenokee” (K thru 12)

Lydia Stone Crews grew up on Cowhouse Island in the swamp. Fiona grew up near the Okefenokee Swamp, learning the folklore and historical fiction of famed female millionaire, Lydia Crews, aka Ms. Liddie, who was known to be an early conservationist of Okefenokee Swamp.

Fiona has created fascinating Tall Tales about Ms. Liddie’s adventures as a young girl growing up in the late 1800’s.

 

“Swamp Critters” (2nd thru 5th grades)

Stories that introduce students to the southernmost wetland region of Georgia, once considered to be the “Seventh Wonder of the World,” These humorous stories also demonstrate the geography of the swamp and its importance; and how the swamp is sustained.

Folktales about the wildlife of the swamp and how they survive will keep children on the edge of their seats.

Georgia Standards:

  • Georgia history, includes settling of the Scot-Irish, the movement of the Florida Seminoles and the Indian Wars of the early 1800’s for third grade.
  • Georgia standards: social studies (K/2 grades)

“Imagine That!” (3rd grade and UP)

Fiona tells personal stories of how a blind person can write a book. This is a story about using adaptive technology to become an author. It teaches children to use descriptive words in their communication.

Fiona shares her journey of becoming a professional storyteller and converting her voice to the printed page.

“Who’s Really in Charge“… finding your gifts and talents. (Middle school)

In a challenging way to the students, Fiona tells personal stories, both humorous and thought provoking which demonstrate coming out of dark despair and finding one’s self.

Fiona tells of her own journey from being sighted to being blind; and returning to be a productive individual.

This storytelling program is for pre-teens, adolescents, teens, and rehabilitation groups of all descriptions. Furthermore, Fiona has taken this to the juvenile justice system, rehab centers for teens, and church youth groups.


Georgia Schools where Fiona has performed. References upon request.

Bearcreek Middle School (Fulton County)

Mason Elementary School (Gwinnett County

Montgomery Elementary School (DeKalb County)

New Prospect Elementary School (Fulton County)

South Effingham High School (Effington County)

Woodward Academy (Fulton County)

Youth Villages Inc. (Douglas County)

 

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"You can't depend on your vision when your imagination is out of focus." --Mark Twain

“Fiona captivates her audiences by knocking their blinders off” Jim Cashin, Director of Georgia Radio Reading Service (GARRS)

Fiona Spoke Here:

  • American Council of the Blind
  • American Library Association
  • Asso. of Teacher Educators
  • Atlanta's Paralympics
  • Bregman Conference
  • Callaway Gardens
  • Chic-fil-A
  • Galloway School
  • GAEL Conference
  • Georgia Dept of Family & Children's Services
  • Georgia Dept of Juvenile Justice
  • Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Helen Keller Foundation
  • Lake Lanier Villages
  • National Conference on Storytelling
  • National Council of the Teachers of English
  • N. Carolina Brain Injury Assn.
  • Project Lift
  • Riverside Academy
  • Salvation Army Auxiliary
  • SPADD Conference
  • St. Jude's Children's Hospital
  • Tommy Nobis Center
  • Youth Villages Author Series
  • Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus
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