Mary Jo Maichack, Maichack Arts

Basic Information

Address: 58 Longfellow Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone Number: Land: 413-532-3667 or Cell: 413-563-3950 leave message on either, please
Fax Number: 413-568-6023
Director: Mary Jo Maichack

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Mary Jo Maichack, Maichack Arts
Mary Jo Maichack, Maichack Arts
Mary Jo Maichack, Maichack Arts
Mary Jo Maichack, Maichack Arts

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Additional Information

Focus: Exploring Storytelling/folktales through
Grade Levels: Pre-K, K-5, 6-8
Length: 45 minutes+
Travel:

mileage at IRS rate .58/mile/negotiable

Pricing: $325+
Workshops:

MANY--From professional development for teachers to classroom workshops for kids: using world folktales as the focus, but kids play with them under my direction by retelling, echoing parts, singing, dancing, acting, puppetry, costumes, drawing, speaking, theater games. For principals and teachers, how to integrate the performing arts with folktales and myths for joyful teaching and learning aligned to standards.

Residencies: Please ask, especially for funded residencies in Massachusetts, up to 12 days, and possible CT grants. "Act It! Tell It! Sing It! Move It!" integrates the joy of the performing arts in language learning. Builds confidence, self-esteem, social-emotional growth and teaches through the channel of play that is instinctive for children. Teachers love the creativity while aligning with standards.
Setup: Usually 30 minutes--easy, simple.
Takedown: I pack up and leave within 15 minutes, usually.
Equipment: It's helpful for you to provide a table and chair. Sometimes I use the stage as a surface for my props.
Special Requirements: Can't think of any. The smallest, quietest rooms that accommodate all are always the most effective.
Highlights:

Please click on my Web site, www.MaryJoMaichack.com to get a fast picture of how colorful my work is. There are MANY shows from which to choose, from reading celebrations to other themes better described at my site. Highlights are that my programs use folktales and myths as the fulcrum, and we explore them joyfully through acting, retelling, singing, lots of movement/dance. The variety of program elements (now a story with fingers as the characters, then a song, then a group dance, then a story with origami or puppets, etc.), keeps kids eagerly engaged. Smooth transitions make for a great potpourri of tales, tunes, movement, sometimes costumes and TONS of group and individual volunteer participation. Kindness and laughter abound. This is NOT blah, blah, blah storytelling, rather, a lively and super fun time with your audience's needs and preferences fully in mind.

Mission Statement:

To engage learners and teachers in joyful language learning through the ancient wisdom in oral storytelling, folklore and myth and their creative participation in these through the performing arts.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: I believe that language development is the most powerful tool we have for developing each individual's voice and spirit. Oral storytelling and the performing arts are the most playful way to serve children's natural instinct for language and other learning through play, and that the use of these foster happier teachers as well as students, for joyful growth.
Program History:

30 years' full-time practice, some 4,000 programs for all ages. Versatile. True life-long learner, herself.

Testimonials: “You are reaching into the soul of my teaching, Mary Jo, and the very part that seems to be missing right now as I am new and working so hard to meet standards and framework requirements. The puppets and stories are coming out and will find a way to work in unison with the District Goals!! Thank you! I miss my furry friends and musical instruments!  It's time to begin storytelling at I.O.E.!!! Laura Mankowsky/Grade 1 Teacher I found the storyteller that visited my classroom weekly was highly beneficial to my students' learning.  She worked with them on our reading curriculum, using songs, animations, and props.  This engaged the students for the entire time and they were very excited to be a part of it.  All of my students immediately responded to her and were enthusiastic about all the activities. I believe the reinforcement of reading skills in these different modes of learning helped many students make growth. I had several students talk about their experience with the storyteller for the remainder of the year; we all wished it could have gone on longer!    Thank you,   Amanda Pensa Grade One Teacher John A. Langford Elementary
Additional Information:

"You are reaching into the soul of my teaching, Mary Jo, and the very part that seems to be missing right now as I am new and working so hard to meet standards and framework requirements. The puppets and stories are coming out and will find a way to work in unison with the District Goals!! Thank you! I miss my furry friends and musical instruments! It's time to begin storytelling at I.O.E.!!! Laura Mankowsky/Grade 1 Teacher

Mary Jo Maichack was extremely interactive and charismatic. She often acted out tales and had the children do so as well. The students were very engaged when she was here. The thing I liked best about the storytelling is that she always asked what the students were working on. For example, when we were working on story elements, she discussed characters, setting, problem, solution as she performed. I personally thought that the storyteller was wonderful. She was fun, informative, and held the students to her positive behavior expectations. She had new stories for them and taught them activities that she encouraged them to share at home. She made sure that all willing children were able to participate and act out the little skits with exciting props.--Terry Dupont, first grade
Mary Jo,

I can't thank you enough for today! The kids loved their time with you and talked about it for the rest of the day. When I explained again that you would be back next Thursday, the cheer they let out was awesome! They also sang, hummed and danced to the drum song throughout the day. One child would start and the rest would join in until they were all singing! It's always exciting to see such joy on their faces. We can't wait for next week!

Thank you again, Carole--teacher, Springfield, MA