ECE Puppetry Workshop in Santa Cruz, CAPosted by Suzanne, on January 3rd, 2010

Dear friends of early childhood and puppetry. I am holding one of my most popular workshops  in Santa Cruz, CA,  July 30,31. People love this particular workshop because the small rod puppet is so inviting for the children and has the most wonderful movement and gesture possibilities of all the puppet styles.  I look forward to seeing my puppet friends at this workshop!  Do feel free to contact me directly via the contact form if you still need more information, or sign up to the monthly newsletter.

Language Arts, Nursery Rhymes and Puppetry for ECE

July 30,21  2010                    9-4 Friday, 9-1 Sat.

A Workshop for Teachers, Parents, Speech Therapists

Santa Cruz, CA


The development of speech and language is one of the greatest achievements of our lifetime.  Yet research shows that language skills and thus literacy are rapidly declining in our schools.  What lives in the mystery of speech mastery, and how can the therapeutic art of storytelling and puppetry be one of the best supports for our children’s love and aptitude for language.

We will look at the wisdom of rhythm, alliteration, consonantal delight, and joyful soundings of the nursery rhyme in storytelling and visual presentation through puppetry.  We will create a magical Rod Puppet of the Wee Willie Winkie character, and delight in the ways of bringing him to life!

Suzanne Down is longtime director of Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts. Her certificate part time summer training focuses on pedagogical, artistic, and therapeutic puppetry. You can also view the upcoming puppetry events and courses.

Please contact  Suzanne at for information and registration
Weekend cost is $145.  plus $15. Material fee.

Contact Joan  1- 831-600-8207 for local info & housing help