Storytelling ~ everything is possible!
This lively, musical, inter-active stor'try (poetic storytelling) program for Pre-schoolers to elementary ages. Features the choral poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, stories, songs and more!
Mother Goose's "cousin"...Granny Goose, rap-sings Paul Dunbar's choral poems and tells animal folktales. Many of Dunbar's dialect poetry and folktales are about southern country life in America.
He was also gifted in his mastery of prose for children.
Little ones act out catching a duck in THE CAPTURE..."rap-sing" THE SANDMAN and JOHNNY SPEAKS...to planting a garden of love as we mime THE SEEDLING together. Granny teaches a sign language song on good manners and how to sing "hello" in various languages.
Children who join Granny down on the farm, utilize the greatest tool they possess. They are engaged, learn and retain the rhymes, not with TV or video games, but with good old fashion IMAGINATION.
Granny Goose is a popular pre-school program on the roster of artist at www.Art-Reach.org
So give your little scholar's the gift of a storytelling treat, "Down On The Farm With Granny Goose" they will never forget!
SPECIAL REQUEST: Granny brings along her little friend, "Star Shine" from her "Girlfriends" program to sing & share some hugs & see ya later alligator's!
What a great time learning the poetry of the great poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar!
"Imagination is more important than knowledge...It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge" Albert Einstein
Granny with Girl Friend, Nyota Kungaa "Star Shine" and friends at African American Museum of Philadelphia 2016
Oni served as the Creative Director and was featured in "Down On The Farm With Granny Goose" at the Sunday's On Stage series at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Produced by Keepers Of The Culture, Philadelphia's Afrocentric Storytelling Group's annual Family Day.
Shown here with Brer' Rabbit and also featured
Keepers Of The Culture Storytellers.
Granny's early days, got a lot of attention. Granny Goose was a regular featured storyteller. Who just flew in from a tour of the DODD schools in Germany to Camden, New Jersey!
"Thank you so much for coming to my school to tell us stories! You were great! My favorite story was the duck story, you told the story so well I could picture them in my head with my eyes open."
Corey, 1st grader at Mark Twain Elementary School, Heidelberg, Germany
"I learned a lot of stuff from you. Thank you for making my imagination grow because I had never used my imagination before. Thank you for teaching me a lot of things about the farm."
Caitlin - Solis-Cohen Elementary School, Philadelphia
"I liked the program because the acting we did and when we had to help Granny Goose catch the duck and hunt the bunny rabbit. I like the poetry too because it was great poetry."
Dunbar Elementary School
"You are so nice. You are good at telling stories. When I grow up maybe I will be a storyteller like you. You are good at making children laugh. I hope you have a great day. I would like to hear some more stories. You are such a nice person."
Grace, - Duckrey Elementary School, Philadelphia
"I thought that the program was very good because of the excellent poetry. When you speak poetry you use your imagination. You did very well at that, I loved all of the poetry. I had a lot of fun acting the part of the dog."
Mike, Victory Elementary School, Lake Charles, Louisiana
March 2, 1999
Dear Ms. Lasana,
I would like to say how much we all enjoyed your presentation this morning. The children were mesmerize by your stories, poetry, and songs.
One of the things I noticed about your presentation was the involvement you allowed for the children. It was wonderful! We would like for you to visit our school again. Thank you so much for teaching us more bout the work of Dunbar.
Sincerely, Margo Robinson
First Grade at Mark Twain Elementary School, Heidelberg, Germany
THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA
"The children and families at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are a unique audience. These times are most often accompanied by the stress of mixed emotions and programs such as "Down On The Farm With Granny Goose" provide an invaluable outlet from the stress of illness, if just for a short time. It is my hope that Ms. Lasana continues her storytelling with children in many other settings so that they may receive as much joy from "Down On The Farm..." as the children and families at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia."
Stacy Redelheim, MS, CCLS, Child Life Specialist
Dear Ms. Lasana,
I cannot thank you enough for visiting us at the Olde City Senior Homes with our Reading Buddies. The children cannot stop talking about it. I have received numerous phone calls from parents wanting to know who Granny Goose is. Your program gave the children a chance to experience something many of them have never seen and may never see again. Thanks again!
Mrs. Kathleen Borelli, Elementary School Teacher
Check out Oni telling one of Granny Goose's favorite poems in the children's storytelling room at Tobago Library Services, Trinidad & Tobago 2016
Storytelling ~ Theatre ~ Language Arts ~ Music ~ Wellness