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Fall 2010 Grumpy Pirate Offerings

With the lovely fall snap in the air, Grumpy Pirates and Grumpy Parents need to congregate! Thus our offerings for Fall 2010 Note: Grumpy Pirates HQ is TBA. Stay Tuned. Important note: Sliding Scale available. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
***For interested bay area families who would like to host Story Camp classes in their home, hosting family’s children are free.
Grumpy Pirates After School ( Six Week Class series-Tuesdays) For Grades 2-5 Tuesdays2:45-4pm November 2 through December 7 2010 $120.00 for the series; $25 for drop in.
Grumpy Pirate classes and camps are a creative, energized series of workshop classes that include writing, improvisation, art and trust games. The primary objectives of Story Camps are to learn how to tell good stories, to boost confidence and to make new friends. Simultaneously, we sneak in some academic study of writing composition, public speaking and collaboration. But, we keep that on the down low lest it starts to feel a bit too much like s-c-h-o…

Report from SFFS GP Story Camp. Having a wonderful time!

Grumpy Pirates Story Camp with Esme, Katie, Riley, Sophie and Dora is AMAZING! We all wish we could do this for many more days!
Excerpt from Day One: 3:10pm Right now they( all but Esme—she had a dentist appt.) are playing on their own having invented an amazing narrative/ story about a family of rabbits. (See short video) where the baby bunny,Lelo(Sophie) wants to run away because she didn’t want to go to bunny classes. Classes on how to be a successful bunny. Faxi(Dora) was making dinner. There were some herbs that they were going to slow. Now Lelo escaped her prison and Katie, the bunny teacher, and Flaxy(Riley) are looking at a map to try and find Lelo.“Carrot seeds are found in deep, wooded areas,” says Katie the bunny teacher.Went to show the kids where the bathroom was and we went quietly to avoid predators. Unfortunately, on the way back we met a wolf.Doing favorite and least favorite words( because kids are so young there is much less interest to write things down) Ended up d…

Still a few spots left for Grumpy Pirate Story Camp! July 26-30 at San Francisco Friends School Open to all!

Hi Everyone!
Time is a-ticking until Grumpy Pirates Story Camp sets sail!
In two weeks we will embark on a journey of writing stories, telling stories(I have some about my dragon, Dahmay[see above] and Grumpy Pirates as I know a few very well...), inventing characters, learning new words and characters, writing BADLY, learning each other's favorite and unfavorite things, making sock puppets, collages, watercolors, improv. games( like Guess My Secret, Expert Interview and Alien Talk Show, to mention a few...) and possibly writing a play together!
Our mother-ship of narrative adventure is the cool and fabulous San Francisco Friends School. And, believe it or not, there are still a few spots left on our Grumpy Pirate Ship. Sailors are going into grades 2-4. The days are 8:30 to 4pm. It's $400 for the week.
If you are interested call me, 510 333 5519 or email elscott20@yahoo.com with any questions. If you are ready to sign up, here is the link http://www.asaponlinereg.com/Default.a…

Ah Parenthood. The happy moments, the milestones, and...the Meltdowns! Offered this Spring! Grumpy PARENTS Story Camp. Six evening classes.

The Joys of parenthood and the wisdom gleaned from this magical experience are limitless. Seriously. There is no end to what can be learned, celebrated, laughed at and puzzled over when raising children. While I am grateful for this opportunity for 'character building' 24/7, I have had to dig deep and figure out tricks in order to (1) remember when my child made the huge developmental leaps, (2) stay coherent and productive when I am so tired I can't remember my name or where I put the clean laundry, (3) help my child through some of the tough and morally craggy lessons with custom made stories, and (4) laugh and myself and MOVE ON.
I have been teaching kids( through art, theater, French, English) about the importance of stories, communication and finding their voice but then, one day, I had a brainstorm to work with YOU, the parents, on those ideas. Because, as earlier stated, the stories about our kids and families are endless.
**Grumpy Parents Story Camp**

Here is a new…
Here is a quick sketch of Dahmay, a friend of mine. She is at once very imposing ( She is 30 feet tall with a wing span of 40 feet.), compassionate and exceedingly wise. Dahmay is a Noble Dragon which means, among other things, that her fire is curative and creative. As opposed the maelstrom force, destructive fire of the Greedy Dragons.Dahmay is a friend to all. Even though the Grumpy Pirates got her stuck in enchanted pink clay pots--(they felt really badly about that!) she helps them out when they are in a pinch or are very confused and, therefore, grumpy.
Coming Soon: Excerpts from "How I met Dahmay," "The Grumpy Pirates and the Pink Clay Pots," and "Dahmay and Peak, the blue armadillo".

Welcome to all Grumpy Pirates! Summer Camps and After School classes in San Francisco

Grumpy Pirates, Story Camps and tutoring with Eleanor ScottDragon Story Saturdays and Sundays-for ages 3.5-5Grumpy Pirate After School-for ages 5 and upSeriously Grumpy Pirates- for Grades 2-5The Hip and Fabulous- for Grades 6-8*NEW*Grumpy Parents Story Camp-(evenings) for all parents.Story Camp is a creative, energized series of workshops that include writing, improvisation, art and trust games and exercises. The primary objectives of Story Camps are to learn how to tell good stories, to boost confidence and to make new friends. Simultaneously, we sneak in some academic study of writing composition, public speaking and collaboration. But, we keep that on the down low lest it starts to feel a bit too much like s-c-h-o-o-l.Given the time, space and the correct mix of engaging projects and enlightened pedagogy, all students, no matter the age, can find their own voice and express it beautifully. A typical day a Story Camp might include: * Morning check-in: quote of the day, word of the …