All kids benefit from an effective outlet for creativity, energy release and fun.
Most of us have had the experience of dealing with children. Teachers experience a dilemma each academic year as a new group of students enters their classroom. Within the first few days, most teachers have probably identified the range of learning styles that students have to challenge that teacher during the remainder of the year.
The never ending question remains, “What can I do to get this child to focus? What will be his or her best motivator?” ANSWER: Yo-Yos!
Many students deal with any number of issues which affects their learning; learning disability, attention-deficit, problems at home, being an over-achiever, perfectionism, and low self-esteem. Others simply could use an effective outlet for creativity, energy release and fun.
Working in schools as often as I do, I have seen it all. I have also seen first-hand or heard after-the-fact, of the impact that yo-yos can have on kids; as a motivator, as a reward, as an esteem builder, and even so dramatic as a tool in their reaching a milestone that was hardly thought possible.
At one particular school, there was a gang of four students. The story goes that if you passed by the principal’s office at any given time on any given day, one or more of them would be seated there. Trouble was an understatement. Teachers were frustrated with their futile attempts to reach them.
Then, one day, the yo-yo man arrived. The arrangement was for him to spend a week at the school to teach yo-yoing in the physical education classes. By mid-week, these boys were coming in during their recess time, to help other students in the school learn to yo-yo. By the end of the week, teachers were stopping to talk to the yo-yo man. “I don’t know what you have done with these boys, this week, but there has been a change in them. They are cooperative. They are behaving in class. The difference is incredible.”
Wishing everyone a fabulous new school year!
Why not book one of our wonderful performers for a back-to-school assembly show. Motivate your kids and get the new school year off to a positive start!
You’ve found a great program for your school assembly, now how are you going to pay for it? Here are a few suggestions. Please let us know in the comments if you have come up with any other creative ways!
Most performers will offer a substantial discount if you are able to team up with other schools in your area. I typically offer a $100 discount per school when two or more schools book together. After you have scheduled your date, call/email other schools in the area. In most cases, you’ll find at least one other school willing to block book with you.
It helps with planning when schools book as early as possible, especially out-of-town trips. Ask if the performer has any early-booking discounts.
Contact local groups to ask for sponsorship. Even better, ask if you can attend and speak at one of their meetings. Local groups to contact include: business & civic clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary), chambers of commerce, churches and other religious groups, local groups that support youth causes.
How library performers (and children’s librarians) feel at the end of the summer!
Reserve a parking spot for your performer
Summer is almost here and Texas libraries are gearing up for their summer performance series. Here are 9 top tips to help make your programs a big success!
1 – Confirm the show
Most performers will call or email a few days before to reconfirm the show. If you haven’t heard from your performer for a while, send an email or call to make sure they will be at your library on the correct date.
2 – Use social media
Use your library FaceBook page to announce each upcoming program. Link to the performer’s website. Put up flyers around the library and ask staff to mention the next program to anyone they see at the library with kids.
3 – Reserve a parking spot
Performers carry in a lot of stuff and Texas summers are hot! Your performers will love you if you put out a cone to reserve a parking spot near the library entrance.
4 – Use your volunteers
It is always useful to have extra help on the day of performance. Performers appreciate the offer to help carry things. Your volunteers can help with crowd control.
5 – Introduce the Performer
Introduce your performer and remind the audience of how to behave appropriately. This message should be directed at both kids AND adults! Check with your performer to see if s/he has any special requirements before starting the show.