To continue my ongoing discussion of “Solid learning factors”, including focus, many articles today discuss concerns about the current 1-minute Tik Tok brain instilling erratic focus for our young people.
Poor focus interferes with listening integration sorely needed for sequencing, learning, retaining and applying new material.
Subsequently, it stands to reason, that speaking, looping, puppet faces might provoke staring, leading to focus.
Professor Brown becomes a local “hit" for a few people, so decided to hike to the New York Stage with a backpack of puppets.
Although it took him awhile to travel such a distance, he was well
received on local city small vaudeville stages, making some income to feed his
family. They have been surviving on buttermilk and popcorn in rural
1923 - 1955 “Doc”
Brown’s two sons, Fay and Foy E, are soon carving wooden faces like their
father had done earlier. They perform for local
1935 – 1955 Roughly
in the same time frame, Ventriloquism was becoming a hit comedy act for night
club entertainment on the East and West coast areas. Many tried to perform in
Jan is applying the puppetry into her University of Kansas
master's degree’s learning disabilities project “Following Oral Directions” with peers and puppets.
The final outcome of the “Peers and Puppets” experiment was that team students’ TIED with the puppetry methods. Both groups focused on a peer role model and the teaching cloth puppet. All win-wins.
Jan meets with Foy, in 1972, purchases two ventriloquist dummies, and soon is applying puppetry comedy routines for advertising with her three children as musical and speaking performers. It becomes a summer activity for the three children, who are musical.
Soon,Foy introduced Jan to Lucille Elmore, the noted 1940’s to 50’s stage performer. retired in Topeka, Kansas. Jan purchased her “Lily” (then called Snoopy) vent figure, and Lucille later bequeaths her 1935 carved “Butch O’Malley” puppet to Jan. Butch becomes filmed, as Lucille desired, for his final destiny.
1980 – 1981 – 1996
Jan forms Mem-ExSpan, Inc. and Innovative Learning Stratagems, a 401 c3,
nonprofit, as teaching/training entities for creative methodologies. Data
collections become paramount in establishing creative puppetry for learning