Dear fellow Character
I have written this program based on my
experiences with children and puppets from my
work as Children's Coordinator and Counselor at
an abuse crisis center, as Cabin Counselor and
Director of summer camps, and finally as a School
Counselor in an elementary school. Children view
puppets with loving fascination, which makes
puppetry a particularly good tool for teaching
kids about character. You do not have to be the
perfect puppeteer, just willing to do your best,
and have fun.
About the Program:
In this program, you will find 10 puppet scripts,
10 follow-up lesson plans, and a handful of
worksheets that support the lessons. The scripts
are written to be performed by 2-3 people and
vary in length. The follow-up lessons are each
planned for a 30-minute lesson. You may implement
this program any way you choose. I implement this
program, in my elementary school, by having 3
assemblies per school year, performing
approximately 3-4 scripts per assembly. Between
assemblies, I go into the classroom and teach
30-minute lessons about the character traits.
Please, do what works for you.
When it comes to the puppet shows, some people
are a little wary about performing. Kids will
love your shows, even when you make mistakes. You
may want to pre-record the scripts to a tape, and
play the tape during the show, so that you may
concentrate only on working the puppets.
Alternatively, you can use adhering Velcro to
attach scripts to the curtain; this way your
hands will be free to bring the puppets to life.
Velcro can also be used to attach props to the
puppets or puppet stage.
The program is centered on four puppets: Karen,
Spencer, Linda, and Johnny Brown. Karen is the
red-head, Spencer is the African American puppet,
Linda is Mexican American, and Johnny Brown is
the hound dog. Karen, Spencer, and Linda
represent everyday kids who get into, and out of,
trouble. Johnny Brown is the wise adult figure
who always reminds them to do the right thing.
However, these scripts can be adapted for use
with other puppets.
Just one more thing, feel
free to copy the scripts and lessons as many
times as you like, within your school or
organization only. I appreciate your
Puppets for Prevention