Need Help Teaching 4-8 Year-Olds?
Here’s a proven fun way to instantly capture and hold their attention without creating any extra work for yourself…
The Play-Based Approach Guaranteed to Help Kids Ages 4-8 Succeed with Learning!
Hello, Fellow Educator!
After 30+ years as a teacher in the classroom, at home and online, I know how hard your job is! And we both know that the search for quality resources that are truly effective can be long and arduous—especially when your time and energy are already maxed out keeping up with the ever-changing (and always growing!) list of demands placed on you.
My name is Mary Beth Spann Mank and it’s to help people exactly like you that I developed Learning with Puppets.
Using puppets in the classroom isn’t a new idea − it’s a tried and true one! But incorporating puppets into your curriculum with skill and ease, doesn’t happen automatically. Believe me, I know! Like so many well-intentioned teachers, my first attempts were awkard and ineffective. But now I know better and I can make it simple for you, too.
Puppets have been around forever because they work – once you know what you’re doing!
After years of honing my puppetry skills, I’ve become passionate about sharing this knowledge with my fellow teachers. I used puppets every day in my classroom and wrote Learn-the-Alphabet Puppet Pals, published by Scholastic, Inc. For many years, I created and presented workshops to local and national audiences. I also visited countless classrooms as an artist-in-residence sharing the joy of puppets with teachers and their students. I even had the honor of interviewing legendary puppeteer, Shari Lewis! And nowadays, I use my puppets to teach kids online!
Now, why would I let all that experience go to waste, when I could share it with other educators?
That’s why I’ve put it all together in my Learning with Puppets website and invite you to sign up for an affordable membership. It’s so simple, you can start using the materials right away!
Everything you need is in one place with instant access to all the materials you need to get started quickly and easily. And I’ve included the tips and tools I spent decades honing. All of it’s available exclusively to Learning with Puppets members.
Using puppets is the only guaranteed way to engage ALL kids, every time!
Being an educator takes passion and persistence. It’s a tough job! So, if you’ve had even one of these thoughts, you’re in the right place . . .
“I’m overwhelmed and exhausted from all the demands on my time.”
“I feel like half my day is spent trying to get kids to listen and pay attention!
“It’s soooo frustrating!”
“Kids come to school with so many different interests and needs.
How do I meet them all?”
“Online teaching is SO FREAKING HARD!”
“I can’t figure out how to fit fun and creativity into our day.”
I’ve felt your pain! There were plenty of times when I found myself having to be the “bad guy” as I insisted my kids complete work and assignments they found to be too challenging, bland or irrelevant. They wanted to do this and I had to make them do that.
My heart broke anytime I watched kids struggle and fail . . . again and again.
And I knew if they were failing, I was somehow failing them!
It took me a while, but I found the answer: PUPPETS TO THE RESCUE!
To help other educators end or avoid altogether these same uphill experiences, I’ve spent years developing the engaging videos, print materials and resources Learning with Puppets members can access with ease—no matter which type of puppet person you happen to be!
“WAIT!” I hear you say. “You mean there are ….
DIFFERENT TYPES OF PUPPET PEOPLE?”
YES! After sharing my ideas with literally hundereds of teachers across the country, I realized there are TWO MAIN TYPES of Puppet People:
Type #1: THE DO-IT-YOURSELF TYPE OF PUPPET PEOPLE EAGER to DISCOVER how to pick up a puppet and use it effectively with kids.
Type #2: THE DONE-4-YOU TYPE OF PUPPET PEOPLE
EAGER to SKIP the puppetering part and just share professionally prepared puppet videos and follow-up printables with kids!
And — HERE’S THE BEST NEWS OF ALL—
Learning with Puppets has resources for
BOTH types of Puppet People!
Of course, as a member you can DOUBLE DIP and MESMERIZE your kids with BOTH types of puppet resources.
It’s all up to you!
“SO, WHAT DOES THE LEARNING WITH PUPPETS MEMBERSHIP INCLUDE?”
• A DIY TEACHING WITH PUPPETS “ONE-AND-DONE” TRAINING WORKSHOP VIDEO packed with all my best tips and secrets for getting kids to pay attention and participate with ease! No more begging for good listeners! Watch this one class and you’ll be ready to develop your own puppet personality customized to your kids’ needs and interests!
• My OFFICIAL DIY “TEACHING WITH PUPPETS” MANUAL overflowing with with dozens of powerful, practical, fun-filled, classroom-tested techniques developed to help children ages 4-8 experience meaningful, memorable learning experiences!
Inside it you’ll discover:
- Why puppetry is such a powerful teaching tool
- Why picking the right puppet model is crucial to your success
- How to introduce a puppet with management built right in
- How you can use puppets to ease test jitters
- Ways you can use puppets to add sparkle to tedious skills and drills
- How you can use puppets to effectively engage and encourage every child—even those most resistant to lessons and activities!
My manual is a fun, easy read. But don’t let it fool you…put the information inside to work for you and you’ll soon discover why having a puppet on your hand is just like having a magic teaching wand at your disposal!
A Done-4-You LIBRARY OF SHORT, FUN & FUNNY READY-TO-USE PUPPET VIDEOS all aimed at helping children master essential English Language Arts skills and concepts related to:
You and your kids can watch these videos again and again, each time focusing on a different story aspect, skill or concept.
They’re the perfect for:
- multiage groups
- transition times
Done-4-You INSTANT & IRRESISTIBLE PRINTABLE ACTIVITY PAGES TO ACCOMPANY THE VIDEOS, SUCH AS:
- Lesson Plans
- Printable Activity Pages
- Children’s Readers
- Book Kits
- Home-School Connections
- Extensions, Enrichments and Much More
- OFFICIAL LEARNING WITH PUPPETS VIDEO VIEWING GUIDES
to help you make the most of watching each and every video with your children.
- ONLINE CLASS: HOW TO HELP KIDS MAKE & SHARE COLLABORATIVE BOOKS!
This class is a gem! I show you how you and your kids can create a beautiful, meaningful collaborative class book IN ONE SITTING!
- THE LEARNING WITH PUPPETS EASY QUICK START GUIDE designed to get you up and running with the resources the FAST AND EASY WAY!
- EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP IN OUR LEARNING WITH PUPPETS ONLINE PUPPET COMMUNITY
I’m so excited to share these resources with you because I know the positive affect puppets can have on your teaching and on your kids’ learning!
I’m not kidding! Puppets change everything!
Just think how it would be if…
√ Your kids who rarely listened began to pay close attention to lessons and activities
√ Your unfocused kids were able to focus
√ Your kids who fidget and blurt could be calm and centered!
Even better, imagine if. . .
√ Your kids with anger issues became peacemakers
√ Your kids with test jitters learned ways to feel more comfortable and confident
√ Your kids who avoid schoolwork began to complete tasks and assignments without complaint!
Because puppets are warm and whimsical, their power to get kids to listen, share, cooperate and complete schoolwork is astounding!
When you begin using puppets and puppet-based resources to get kids to pay attention easily and effortlessly, your job will became so much more relaxed and enjoyable!
You’ll be able to fall in love with teaching again! And your kids will be more focused and eager to learn than ever before.
When I show you how easy it is to develop simple puppet personalities that mirror your kids’ struggles, align with their frustrations, and embody their problems and perspectives you’ll begin connecting as never before.
Puppets are a “seriously playful” approach to helping kids learn. Because the puppets themselves are warm and whimsical and have the power to get kids to listen, share, cooperate and complete schoolwork is astounding!
Using puppets and related resources strategically creates dramatic changes. My kids’ resistance to schoolwork plummeted to NEAR ZERO as our levels of learning fun soared through the roof—and YOURS CAN, TOO!
Even kids with challenging learning issues will begin looking forward to participating in lessons, activities, and projects.
And because my library of fun and funny puppet videos and printables reflect the same learning struggles and interests, kids, everywhere experience, you can bring the magic of puppetry to your kids whether or not you ever want to pick up a puppet yourself.
And remember: as a Learning with Puppets member you can share BOTH types of puppet resources with your kids.
You Have TOTAL Control!
Sign up, sign in, get started today!
Whether you decide to experiment with your own puppets or share my pre-made classroom-tested puppet video and printable resources, you can’t go wrong!
OF COURSE, AS A MEMBER YOU’D BE SMART TO TRY BOTH TYPES OF PUPPET RESOURCES WITH YOUR KIDS! It’s all up to you!
Sign up, sign in, get started today!
NOW YOU KNOW that the Learning with Puppets Membership gives you instant access to a rich collection of professionally prepared
DO-IT-YOURSELF resources and DONE-4-YOU educational puppet videos and corresponding follow-up activities.
BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW YOU CAN JOIN WITHOUT WORRY!
I want you to be 100% satisfied! If, after trying my resources, you discover that Learning with Puppets is not right for you and your kids, you can quit anytime—your monthly billing will end,
no questions asked.
Joining and Using My Membership is Easy as Child’s Play!
Here’s How It Works…
As soon as you join my Learning with Puppets Membership, you’ll have access to ALL the goodies. No need to pick and choose.
√ Want to pick up a puppet and use it with kids? BAM! View just one 90-minute “Teaching with Puppets” training video and you’ll have everything you need to know to begin using a puppet effectively with children.
√ Want to see how your kids respond to my readymade puppet videos and companion printables? BAM! You can download them and begin using them RIGHT AWAY!
Join my Learning with Puppets Membership and you’ll be able to INSTANTLY ACCESS ANY AND ALL RESOURCES IN THE MEMBERSHIP: ALL THE BOOKS, TRAINING VIDEOS, PUPPET VIDEOS, CHILDREN’S READERS AND MORE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND USE RIGHT NOW!
and begin seeing for yourself how well your kids respond to these creative, play-based puppet resources—and how much lighter and happier you will feel knowing that you are teaching, supporting and serving your kids in one of the BEST ways possible!
PS You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Why not make this the day that your super-charge your teaching and their learning in the best play-based way possible?!