Puppy Mind: LEARNING TO TRAIN YOUR WANDERING MIND
Nov 2020 - Jun 2021
Online for Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
This school year, YouthAware Educational Theatre continues it's tradition of creating new programming about health and wellness with our web series based on the bestselling book Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance. This story introduces you and your students to mindfulness practices by following a young man and his wandering puppy mind, which pulls him away from the present at the most inconvenient times - like when we are trying to learn. In each episode of the series, you and your students will explore how to notice and train your puppy minds so that you can make the most out of your day! Join us for a paw-sitively fun experience about social and emotional learning that will help rewire your brains for the better.
- Links to each episode require a password which will be provided by YouthAware
- Each episode is approximately 4 minutes long and comes with a follow up lesson that can be done with your students, either virtually or in person
- We will not turn schools away for lack of funds
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to book this show.
From the book Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance with special permission by Parallax Press.
Written by Andrew Jordan Nance
Illustrations by Jim Durk
Direction by Nikki Meñez
Puppeteer: Chris Morrell
Actor: Diego Villegas
Technical Direction and Animation: Carlos Aceves
Producer: Ed Decker
Script Supervision: Nikki Meñez, Ed Decker, Stephanie Temple
Casting: Stephanie Desnoyers
Special thanks to San Francisco Opera Costume Department and Parallax Press
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