When you drink from a stream,
Remember the spring.
Dear Educators and Parents,
glad you are here! We share your dreams of building a safer, friendlier, more
caring world for our children; and we look forward to hearing your ideas and
concerns. Like you, we love the arts, technology, humor, theater, education,
community, reading, nature and families. Please keep checking back to
sammysnail.com as we build communities of caring together.
What is our work about?
does the kids site work?
What is the fan
What are the live performances?
What are the support materials?
Do we offer fundraising products?
Contact us with your ideas
Do we have links for bullying and violence prevention?
Do we list other education links?
is our work about?
Sammy Snail is one of our many puppet
characters that have been committed to educational entertainment. We develop
programs that role model the kinds of skills and values that our children need
to face social, economic, environmental and technological challenges. The
Theatre of Life Puppets uses sign language, singing, music, humor, theater, the
arts, colorful characters and interactive activities to teach critical social
competency skills, environmental education, literacy and nutrition.
provide an interactive combination of in-school performance and tie-ins to the
classroom curriculum, take-home activities and Internet follow up. We are in
the process of securing funding for video and CD-ROM programs. Educators and
Universities have approved our programs, and our shows have garnered wildly
enthusiastic responses from teachers and school children for over ten years.
How does the kids site work?
The Sammy Snail Trail is designed
to support a wide audience with something for everyone. Everyone loves Sam
Snail - from two year olds to teenagers. This site will grow rapidly to sustain
Books are on line
reading books with new chapters added regularly and questions and activities
for children at the end of each chapter. Students are encouraged to read an
actual script of the performance "The Peaceable Kingdom". This is a conflict
resolution program that is also available in Spanish, "Reino Tranquilo".
The Puppets pages are for school age
children and include written conversations between Sam Snail and the social
competency expert Mr. See in the Mr. See and Me section. Bullying, I statements
and empathy issues are discussed in Sam Snail fashion. More reading
opportunities exist in Puppets I know whereby children can learn more about the
puppet characters. Voice files are a fun way to hear each character and allow
nonreaders to participate. To answer the many questions from Sam's fans, there
are Kids want to know pages.
Jokes are for everyone and children are invited to
send in their favorites to be included in with Sammy's jokes.
Games & Art are downloadable PDF coloring
pages and Big Fun with Sam activities that encourage creativity and play for
younger children, school aged and their parents. This section will expand to
include puppet making, theater activities and art projects that tie in to our
shows. Games encourage simple to complex play and is ever expanding with the
support of our sponsorships.
include copies of our Public Service Announcements that air on network media
channels. The exciting Live Snail News
brings new short downloadable videos of Sam Snail and his friends that are 3 to
5 minutes in length. Children who sign up for the fan club receive email
announcements once or twice a month to tell them of new episodes.
educational programs that encourage writing, reading and the arts will be added
What is the fan club?
The fan club allows children to
sign up on line with non personal information (first name, age, city, state and
email address). The fan club notifies the registered email address once or
twice a month to tell them when new Books chapters and Live Snail News segments
are available. It also sponsors several Fan Club events across the United
States where Sammy Snail performs. Children can also be sent a birthday email
your rights and information.
What are the live
Live performances take place across the country
and may be held at schools, organizations, conferences or public events. Look
over our complete listings by going to Programs and
by reviewing our calendar. School Assembly
Shows are for Pre kindergarten through Sixth Graders and for family nights.
Stage Shows are for general audiences and are
performed at Music Halls, Libraries and Arts in the Parks for all ages.
Corporate Shows & Roasts are one-of-a kind
performances that are performed for organizations, businesses and conferences.
You can view clips of these events and purchase copies of the performance in
the conventions section.
What are the support
If you are a school we integrate your curriculum,
school motto and language into our live shows. We weave concepts from Open
Circle, Educators for Social Responsibility, Second Step, Life Skills and
Community of Caring into interactive sign language songs and full-length
theatrical puppet shows. You receive advance and follow-up materials, optional
pre and post testing either by mail or by downloading PDF files in booking. You
also receive a copy of School Songs CD for the classroom and Super Snail News;
one page flyers that cover each performance and in the future will be available
as PDF files. These two products are also made available for Stage Shows and
general audiences. For fundraising support we offer fundraising products.
Do we offer fundraising products?
We offer a special incentive to raise funds for your school or
group that also supports our mission of bringing educational enjoyment to
children! Your students can continue delighting in the performance message in
the form of appealing music CDs or soft, lush T Shirts. 20% of all sales are
returned to your school to benefit your programs or purchase supplies. In the
future, we will offer books, books on CD and Sammy puppets for fundraising and
at our educational store. Contact us with your
ideas We would love to hear from you!
Do we have
links for bullying and violence prevention?
Listed below are
organizations that provide this type of curriculum, then bully prevention links
and finally conflict resolution.
Life Skills Training
Life Skills for Kids
Community of Caring
Drug Free Schools
Communities ~ Safe Schools
Fast Facts on Bully
California Dept. of
Education Prevention Manual
Massachusetts State Program
Quick Training Aid on
Parents' Role in
Developing Social Competence in
Management and Violence Prevention
Adult / Child Conflict
Do we list other education
Listed first are puppetry organizations and then skill
building with puppets followed by general organization resource links for
parents and teachers.
Children's Music Network
Puppeteers of America
BAGOP - Boston Area Guild of
UNIMA - Puppetry
NH and NE Comission on the Arts
Puppet Education Magic: Two day workshop on using puppetry put on by Boston
Area Puppetry Guild Contact: Judith
Skill Building with Puppets
By Lani Gerity, D.A., M.A., A.R.T.-B.C.
in Education by Sigi De Francesca, MA. Ed.
Puppets by Post
Puppets in the
Puppets in the
Drama Classroom: Directions for making several different puppets:
Children's Theatre: Lesson
Plans and Why Teach Drama?
about Mexico: Making and Using Salt Dough Human Puppets in the Classroom
Childhood: Classroom Puppetry
Using Puppets and
Children's Literature in the Science Classroom by Joy Lowe and Katherine I.
Puppets in the Primary Classroom: ESL by Denise Ozdeniz
American Federation for Teachers
Resources for Educators
Federal Resources for Educational
Resources for Educators
Association of School Administrators
ASCD- Educational Leadership for K-12 Teaching
NAESP- National Association of Elementary
make sure that this site stays safe and fun, we make the following promises:
*The information we collect is non-personal (first name, age, city and
state). We only collect enough information to make activities on Sammysnail.com
fun and interesting.
*If you submit stories, artwork, comments or
anything else to us which is posted on our site, you will be identified on our
site only by first name, age, city and state.
*No one will be excluded
from our site for not giving us personal information. When we do ask for
personal information (like an e-mail address), we will not share this
information with a third party.
*If we know a visitor is under the age
of thirteen, we will collect a parent's permission offline (by postal mail, fax
or phone) before we mail any prizes, or collect or share personal information
with anyone else.
*We will not sell any information or sell our fan
club membership to anyone. When we are partially funded by outside sponsors, we
will identify any underwriter logos with a "sponsored by" tag. We choose our
underwriters carefully, to make sure that the company's products and services
fit our standards and mission statement. We will not contain advertisers
*We want to make this site a place for children
and families to learn and play together. If you have any comments or questions,
we look forward to hearing from you. Contact us
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