From our former Director, Lucy Brown, regarding demonstrations at teacher staff meetings:


I've done quite a few for teachers. I have been invited to do a staff meeting which was about 15 min. The principal was going to dismiss the upper grades so I could go into more detail for the early grade teachers.

I didn't want them to leave so I began with a short into of myself & the product.

1) I began with a few early child concepts, but always shared how the upper grades could incorporate the same stories & concepts.

a) I encourage the farm set for all grades because it encourages how to create stories. Many children in the upper grades have spent a majority of their lives watching TV & videos. It encourages language development, etc.

b) I tell my version of the Billy Goat Gruff and then show the teachers how by changing how they present it to the students of upper grades like "Let's go into your memory banks and see if you can remember Billy Goat Gruff" They love it!! I then encourage them it's a great way to review how to retell stories. The older children love to tell the stories to the Kindergarten & 1st grade. It also helps them with their storytelling skills.

2) I then go into how the Upper grades can use the Discovery collection to learn how to research a project with the curriculum resources they already have and present it to the class. (I especially encourage them to team up kids that aren't so creative with the ones that are)

3) I show them how they can make centers and how to make our products more user friendly by:

a) Having each board individually mounted (the PVC easel is great because it can hold two boards back to back). They can have a math center, literature center, etc.

b) I also give them ideas for storage that make the products more accessible to the teacher and the students. Instead of having them in zip-lock bags in a filing cabinet. Then can create in a very small area a felt center by using video cassette holders, baby wipe boxes, pizza boxes etc.

4) I then close by offering my help individually to the teachers to fill their needs.



I have just recently tried a new way of doing inservice training to the teachers. I have been going during their lunch time while the kids are asleep. I give them time to eat, while I am setting up then I do my inservice to the teachers. While the children are waking up, I get set up again. Then I do about 10-15 min story time with the children. It has worked out great! (except for one time when I believe every child got up on the wrong side of their mats. I had about 10 kids that were determined to sit on my lap (it broke my heart to say no, but can you imagine what would have happened and the teachers wouldn't help me out). They were in a bad mood with their Director. No sales, but one teacher quit and got me another presentation for her new school.

I hope this helps and makes sense, it's been a long day. Good Luck Everyone and if you need more specifics let me know. Have a great day and an awesome month!!

Lucy Brown


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