Stories, Stories, Stories

10:00am-1:00pm Fridays     Ages 5-8

Stories All Around Us is one of our most popular classes for the little ones -- and for good reason! In this class, teacher Tinamarie follows the lead of the students. The main goals of this class are to foster friendships and work on social problem-solving, and we do this with lots of free play and interest-based learning. Each class usually includes one or more stories, a group discussion, and related guided activity -- but when the kids desire something a bit different, we don't hesitate to go in different directions! During free play time, we often see the students naturally forming several different "stations" around the room: some students playing a board game, some engaging in imaginative play, some creating art, some reading to themselves or asking a teacher to read aloud, etc. When the kids are meaningfully engaging with each other and navigating their way through complex social situations, we consider the class a great success.

This class is geared toward early- and pre-readers. During story time, we explore folktales, legends, and fairy tales from around the world, as well as classical and modern literature. We meet characters from history and visit cultures of far-off lands. Depending on the interests of the students, we may sometimes choose a story that we will perform together as a class at the end of the term. Our story-relevant activities vary widely, and may include art, group discussion and story telling, early writing practice, dramatic play, music, and story reenactments. There is always the opportunity for open-ended work and self-directed learning through the pursuit of personal interests. We will have lunch together every Friday and spend time from approximately 12:30-1pm playing outside whenever the weather permits. Parents are asked to send their children with a snack, water, lunch, and clothes they can get dirty.

Teacher: Tinamarie Panyard

Tinamarie Panyard is a professional storyteller (and mom to her delightful daughter Lottie). She has been working with children and adults throughout the country for over 25 years.  She spent 20 years in New York public and private schools as a teaching artist working with children and families, teaching geography, cultural studies, facilitating literacy, family literacy workshops and community building through drama, puppetry, mask making and storytelling.  Tinamarie has toured through schools around the country working with children on violence prevention and literacy programs. She was the Fringe Jr. Director of the New York International Fringe Festival for three years.  She also did a stint on Wall Street as a corporate writer. She has been the Operating Director of Different Directions since 2013.


Fall Term 2018: $400 14 days

Sept. 13th, 20th, 27th Oct. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th Nov. 21st, 8th, 15th, 22nd Dec. 6th, 13th, 20th

(No Classes Nov. 29th Thanksgiving)


Winter Term 2020: $325 10 days

Jan. 10th, 17th, 24th; 31st Feb. 7th, 14th; 28th March 6th, 13th, 20th

(No Classes Feb. 21st Winter Break)


Spring Term 2020: $325 10 days

March 27th April 3rd, 24th May 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th (Field Trip) , 31st June 5th, 12th

(No Classes April 10th, 17th Spring Break)