Types of Assembly Programs Offered
Robin offers a number of different types of assembly programs for varying audiences. Please do not hesitate to contact him with any questions or to schedule a program unique to your School, Child Care Center, Camp, Senior Center, Festival or Community Gathering.
Robin’s highly-interactive storytelling programs are designed to provide students with a deep listening experience which allows them to enter the landscape of the imagination and glimpse their own ability to create imaginative stories.
Robin tells traditional and original stories which focus on a respect for our ancestors’ history and a reverence for the natural world. He accompanies these tales with demonstrations of old time living skills and primitive musical instruments. By telling stories from his roots in the mountains of Pennsylvania, where his family has lived for more than 200 years, he demonstrates how each of us can begin our own journey to story by starting with our family’s history and traditions.
Stories are age-graded for children in each grade level and are designed to dovetail with educational themes selected by the school.
If the school would like to offer the children the option of purchasing autographed books directly from him, Robin provides a pre-order form for easy ordering. He makes up the order ahead of time and brings books to the school, autographed and ready to distribute to the students and their families.
With Robin as their guide, children go on an imaginative guided visualization journey accompanied by the Celtic Harp. When they return, Robin shows them the four steps he uses to take a story from original idea to final written product. He also details the steps he uses to assemble and publish his books. If they wish, teachers can follow-up by mailing Robin the final stories created by the class of young writers.
Teacher After-School Workshops
In this basic storytelling workshop, Robin shares his tried-and-true techniques for using storytelling as an educational tool, focusing on the many ways that story can be used in support of learning standards, across the curriculum and at all grade levels. Robin holds a Master’s Degree in Oral Traditions and serves as the Program Coordinator for The Oral Traditions and Writing Program at the Graduate Institute in Bethany, CT. This is the only fully-accredited graduate program offered in the United States which focuses on preparing teachers to use spoken and written word as an educational tool in the classroom.
To learn more about this Graduate Program, click here.
Evening Family Program
This is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser for parents and their kids. Robin tells some of his own family stories and shows families how to create their own storytelling tradition at home. Based on his Parent’s Choice-Award Winning book, “Awakening the Hidden Storyteller”. Charge admission to the program for a great school fundraiser.
“Robin has demystified the art of storytelling by providing the steps each of us can take to bring this magical realm of the inner world to others. His books are an excellent resource for parents, teachers and lovers of stories.”
Maureen Murdock, Author and Educational Consultant
Robin brings this field trip to your school. This is a hands-on living history project designed for groups of 30-60 children. Working as a team, the students erect a 16-foot Cheyenne Tipi, indoors or out. Robin uses this magnificent structure as a teaching space to compare and contrast how the Lenape Indians who lived in Pennsylvania and the Cheyenne Indians who lived on the high plains of the Western U.S. used the plants and animals in their environment to craft a life based on a respect for everything that is alive. Robin has been conducting this field trip for 25 years and has safely and successfully erected this tipi in every imaginable school setting. Schedule allows for one morning and one afternoon tipi-raising group. Tipi will remain up all day on school grounds so all classes can receive a guided tour of they wish.