Rona doesn’t just tell stories, she embodies them with her signature dramatic style! Rona tells stories from many cultures, seamlessly moving between various characters and narrator in a dynamic performance. She uses physicality, voice, facial expressions and audience engagement to create a “Living Literacy” experience. With a graduate degree in Environmental Studies/Education, she uses storytelling as a springboard for learning about environmental concepts and facts. Where do turtles go in winter? What is decomposition? Does dirt make my lunch? Why do possoms have a naked tail? Was the village saved from the tsunami? What role does personal responsibility have? Geologic terminology anyone? Rona is passionate about sharing the power of storytelling…or oral language! Storytelling is a super-charged tool for developing “The Imagination Muscle”, while organically learning vocabulary, listening skills, auditory/visual/kinesthetic recall, sequencing, descriptive language, rhythm of language, story structure, nonverbal communication, cultural information, empathy and curricula connections. It can support reading/writing skills, critical inquiry, subject curiosity and it can give struggling learners a positive language experience. Rona’s stories entertain and teach…without preaching! For older grades, a selection of more nuanced and sophisticated multi-cultural tales without sacrificing some humor! Follow-up workshops offered. Use this link to view a video except from this program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEopzMncMYU
Rona Leventhal is the real deal! She knows how to engage kids of all ages. She understands schools. She’s an Educator. And she’s lots of fun! For decades Rona has put laughter in the belly and smiles in the hearts of listeners with her exuberant, dramatic style….effectively imparting messages in a captivating, entertaining fashion. A certified Teacher and Improv Theatre/Movement Specialist, Rona calls storytelling “Living Literacy” which develops “The Imagination Muscle” – essential for inquiring and creative minds. Her motto: “Bringing Imagination and Motivation to Literacy and Learning” while meeting curriculum goals. Approved Performing Artist and Teaching Artist: Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Touring Roster, BOCES (NY), Hartford Performs (CT), Connecticut Storytelling Center. Professional Development Provider with the state of Massachusetts.