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Belle's Book Club Playgroups

Belle’s Book Club provides an interactive, arts-integrated approach to storytime in a developmentally appropriate social atmosphere.​

Belle's Book Club incorporates strategies that support whole-child learning.

We strive to develop book lovers and better people by using a unique combination of creative and social-emotional learning strategies. We will explore picture books, learn from arts strategies and create friendships. Participants and their caregivers will sing, dance, imagine and play while enjoying this interactive story experience.

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Male Lions

Imagine and Play Storytime: Going on Safari

 A Movement Story 

Participants will go on an imaginary journey to the African Savanna. Upon arrival, they will be guided on a Safari to search for some of Africa’s finest animals. 

Participants will learn through exploration and engage in imaginary travel to create imagery.

Trechalea spider, comonly known as fishing or river spider, on a rock near a river prepari

Imagine and Play Storytime: Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock

 A Trickster Tale

Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock is an interactive performance for young audiences. The experience begins with students warming up their actor's tools to prepare for performance (body, voice, imagination, ensemble). Then, imaginary travel is used to transport the participants to the African Savanna. Once there, they meet Anansi the Spider. Anansi has a story to tell and needs help telling his story. Participants are taught a series of actions that repeat throughout the story to keep everyone actively engaged. (Inspired by Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock by  Gerald McDermott).

Family Visiting the Zoo

Imagine and Play Storytime: The Mice Go to the Zoo

 A Movement Story 

Let’s venture out on a guided imaginary journey into the world of the story, The Mice Go to the Zoo by Pamela Gerke. Use your imagination to pretend that you are mice traveling to the zoo. We will also use our bodies to create yoga poses for the zoo animals. 

*Participants will learn animal sounds, animal characteristics and the ASL sign for each animal.

All Hands In

Imagine and Play Storytime:
Anansi and His Children

 A Team Work Story

Participants will work together to help tell the story of Anansi and his children. Everyone  will collaborate and work as a  team to get Anansi home safely.  Why is Teamwork important? How does your family work together? This workshop shows the importance of teamwork and collaboration within a family and a community.