Big Joe the Storyteller is the “Robin Williams of the G-rated set,” according to the Boston Herald. Joe’s storytelling style is energetic, exciting and animated. With the use of puppets and props, Joe entertains and enriches audiences of all ages through his folktales, fairytales, classics, multicultural tales (from here and around the world), as well as through his own imaginative and real-life stories.
The Big Green Show: (Appropriate Grade level: K-6) Length of show: 1hr
Purpose: To educate children about environmental issues including recycling, going “Green” and conserving energy
Description: They say it’s not easy being green but with Big Joe’s BIG GREEN Show it couldn’t be easier! Big Joe the Storyteller presents a show about protecting the environment and making our world a happier and greener place to live. Using a clever mix of multicultural and original tales along with activities and audience participation Big Joe entertains as he educates and kids will laugh while they learn. The show will touch upon important environmental issues including recycling, ways to live a more eco friendly life and things they can do to conserve energy. By the end of the show children will understand that “GREEN” is good!
Dollars & Sense (Appropriate Grade level: K-6) Length of show: 1hr
Purpose: To teach kids about the value of money and fiscal responsibility by focusing on issues such as ways to save money, banking concepts such as cash, credit and savings accounts, the cost of modern day necessities, and ways to earn money around their house and community.
Description: In these uncertain times, fiscal responsibility is a very important issue. With Big Joe’s “Dollars and Sense” show kids will be introduced to money concepts that will help them now and in the future. Using some fun and funny stories from around the world and from his own experiences, Big Joe helps kids to understand the importance of being smart and sensible with money. Topics that will be explored include ways to help themselves and their parents save money, the value of items, banking concepts and ways to earn money. The show will be fun and funny, but most importantly it will be very valuable in helping kids to make sense of money!
Healthy U: (Appropriate Grade level: K-6) Length of shows: 1hr
Purpose: To educate children about important health issues including proper nutrition, dental health, physical fitness and illness prevention in an effort to make them healthier during their developmental years.
Description: Welcome to Healthy U. Your professor is Big Joe. With a wealth of knowledge and a collection of cool stories and fun activities Big Joe presents 4 different “courses” designed to help kids stay healthy in a variety of ways.
The courses are: Healthy Teeth 101: Using fun and original stories Big Joe teaches the importance of brushing your teeth and the proper way to get the job done. Kids will learn good dental hygiene habits as well as how to use and care for the most important instrument involved: the toothbrush. Along with storytelling Big Joe will allow the audience to participate in games and other activities designed to help enhance their learning and encourage them to use the skills they are taught.
Eating Right Right Now: Do you know how healthy some fruits are? Do you know how much sugar is in a soda? You will know all that and more when you take part in Big Joe’s “Eat Right Right Now.” With some tales about eating right and a host of mind blowing demonstrations, Big Joe will show you what you should eat and what you should avoid so you can develop healthy eating habits and be on the road to good nutrition!
Fun With Fitness: You can eat right but you won’t be right till you get out and exercise! Big Joe presents an energetic show filled with stories, activities and tips on how to get out and get fit. Kids will get moving as they explore fitness concepts such as the best ways to exercise, burning fat, starting a family workout program, and the importance of a good night’s sleep! Getting fit has never been this fun!
No Flu For You: Germs and viruses are the enemies of good health. Big Joe presents a strong dose of storytelling that will help kids learn how to prevent illness and keep their bodies healthy. Along with stories, kids will get to see some icky yet interesting demonstrations on how germs move and how we can stop them. With knowledge as their protection, kids will know how to prevent colds, flus and other germs so they will be the picture of health!
The “Healthy U.” courses can be scheduled individually, or Big Joe can do the complete program either in one day or over the span of several days or months.
Stories from Around the World (Appropriate Grade Level: K-6) Length of Show: 1hr
Purpose: To introduce children to people and cultures from around the world through the magic of storytelling
Description:. Big Joe presents “Stories from Around the World” a collection of folktales, fairytales, fables, myths and legends that will introduce listeners to people and places from the farthest reaches of the globe. Taken from original sources and even translated from their native language, these stories will delight amaze and thrill all those who hear them. Children will learn a lot about people of other lands and be able to take a trip around the world without ever leaving their seat!
The Golden Rule (Appropriate Grade Level: K-6) Length of Show: 1hr
Purpose: To teach kids about kindness, empathy, friendship, caring, stopping bullying and treating others as they should be treated
Description: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” that is known as the Golden Rule and in this day and age they are definitely words to live by. Big Joe presents a show based on the golden rule aimed at teaching children how to leave peaceably with each other. Using stories, personal experiences and interactive activities, the show will focus on topics such as friendship, being kind, and caring for one another. There is also a large focus on bullying issues including how to stop bullying, how to help those being bullies and helping someone to stop being a bully. The lessons learned from Big Joe’s show will help kids be kind to one another and treat others as they would like to be treated!