MicheLee Puppets: Live and Online!
Since 1985, MicheLee Puppets has provided educational and issue-based performances in schools. We have a long and successful history of creating performances that have made a profound impact in the lives of countless children and youth. We have consistently recognized the issues impacting young people and have created cutting edge, life-changing programs in partnership with schools and social service agencies.
With an eye on current issues that will impact children and youth into the foreseeable future, and in response to teachers’ expressed need for educational content that they can access via the internet and bring right into the classroom.
Our plan focuses on the following key initiatives:
Early Childhood Education
There is a strong correlation between literacy and poverty. According to the National Institute for Literacy, 43% of adults with very low literacy skills live in poverty. The foundation for successful reading is built in the early years when a young child’s brain is highly responsive and attuned to learning language. Also important in early childhood education is engaging children’s natural curiosity about the world around them to introduce science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts.
Health and Wellness/ Childhood Obesity Prevention
According to the Office of the Attorney General and the Center for Disease Control, nearly one third of Florida’s children are overweight or obese. Overweight children are suffering from such related health problems as heart disease and type II diabetes. The problem is especially prominent among minority and low-income families. As childhood obesity increases, we will see more and more of our children suffering illnesses that before were only seen in those over the age of 40.
Research shows that students begin losing interest in math and science in the middle school years. It is essential to captivate students’ interest and imagination in elementary school when children have a natural curiosity about their world and how it works. It is especially important that girls and children from minority or underrepresented populations are encouraged to pursue futures that require a strong foundation in STEM disciplines.