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Elementary School Assembly Ideas - It Is Time To Start Thinking!

  
  
  
  
  

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February is now upon us, and march is right around the corner, when we along with many other school show performers and school assembly companies begin scheduling for the coming year. This is the very best time of year to begin gathering school assembly ideas for next year! Why? Simple. The best dates and programs fill in quickly.

Every year in the Fall we receive calls from well meaning schools looking for specific programs on specific dates. Sometimes we can help them but often we cannot. Why? because the dates have already been taken by savvy schools that called us in March! If you are in the market for ideas for elementary school shows or middle school assemblies, you should be aware that arranging a visit from a performers or school show presenter is not like ordering a pizza. Performers of elementary school shows have a limited number of dates in the year when they may visit a school, even if they are resident in your area. 

However, the best school show performers are often on tour most of the year and visit schools in multiple states. So the available dates in your city, town or neighborhood may also be further limited by when the tour is in your state. As dates fill in it further limits what is possible because school show performers rarely want to finish a show in, say, Chicago, and then have to perform the next day in Saint Louis. We school show presenters may be magnificent to watch, but we are human after all!

So, the earlier you contact your school show provider the better the chances that we can get a date for you at a time when you want it. Or at all! Don’t forget that many school shows are in such demand that they simply sell out. Stronger Than a Bully, for example, is virtually sold out this year in most areas (some isolated dates still remain in one or two areas) and has a long waiting list for next year already.

So gather your elementary school assembly ideas soon so you are ready to make plans as soon as dates are open in March. Oh, and if you fear that your funding will not be available at that time, fear not! Most good companies will allow you to schedule now to hold your date, and cancel later if funding falls through. I know we do at Mobile Ed so I assume all reputable companies do. 

In the meantime, here is a video shot at one of the Indiana schools we visit quite often. Washington Elementary in Warsaw, Indiana recently hosted our newest science assembly - The Invisible Wonder:Air! - and the principal, Mr. Tom Ray, put this together and was kind enough to allow us to share it with you. Thanks, Tom! Enjoy!


Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of science, history, writing, astronomy, natural science, mathematics, character issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN.

Supporting Social Studies in Ohio through School Assemblies

  
  
  
  
  

Many states focus their 4th Grade curriculum on elements of their own state history. This gives the savvy coordinator of school assembly programs some great options! For example, in Illinois, Indiana or Kentucky a perfect subject for an assembly program is, of course, Abraham Lincoln. Ohio school assembly programsBut with a little scholarship and a little digging, you can get some great ideas for school assembly programs at your school by perusing the content standards for your state. They are usually found quite easily these days on the web site for your state’s Board of Education.

I just pulled up the web site for the Ohio Department of Education, fished around a little, and found all the content standards for grades K-8. Looking into Grade 4 I found this:

:”To better understand the influence of Ohio on the growth and development of the United States,students need to recognize the significance of Ohio inventions in communication, technology, and transportation.”

It goes on to list a variety of inventions credited to Ohioans.

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Well, a studious observer would note immediately that many of these inventions are credited to Thomas Alva Edison (born in Ohio!). And a creative coordinator of school assembly programs would note that it is quite easy to enlist the services of a professional actor, schooled in portraying Mr. Edison, for just the purpose of educating young Ohioans about his life and contributions to American life!

And similar characters are to be found to support the history and social studies requirements for most states. 

So if you are looking for school assemblies in Ohio or elsewhere, and are seeking some good ideas, school assembly program   edison1

take a lesson from Thomas  Edison, show a little invention, and you may turn up some really great contributions yourself!

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN 

Daylight Savings Time - Ben Franklin School Assembly Program

  
  
  
  
  

great assembly programHere is something to remember! Next Sunday we leave Daylight Savings Time, at 2 AM local time. So don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour at that time or you will be really early to Church that morning! 

And while you are at it, you might want to say a mental “thank you!” to Ben Franklin, of all people. Seems it was Ben’s idea in the first place to begin changing clocks in the summer time in order to get more use out of daylight hours and save on the expense of oil lamps! I only just learned that recently when I took in a performance of our Ben Franklin school assembly program with Dave Mitchell, one of our finest school assembly performers.school assembly program

That is one of the things I love about assemblies for schools, and about educational school assembly programs featuring historical characters especially. You come away not only with a better understanding of the person and their importance and accomplishments, but also with a wealth of little bits of information you are highly unlikely to find anywhere else but which are extremely fun to learn. The Ben Franklin program is a great assembly program! But, over the years, I have heard many people express similar pleasure about the information in our Abraham Lincoln assemblies, and our Black History assembly programs (Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass, The Spirit to Overcome!).

black history assembly programsSo if you are seeking ideas for elementary or middle school assemblies, or alternatives to field trips in this down economy, remember to consider bringing in a historical character. You never know what you might learn!

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN 

Elementary, Mr. Watson! - School Assemblies for Different Ages

  
  
  
  
  


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How do you know which programs and how many presentations to do for your school? This is a question which comes up with any Elementary school or Middle School looking for ideas for school assemblies. Well, as famous detective Sherlock Holmes used to say: “Elementary, my dear Watson!, Elementary!”

Have you talked to a twelve year old lately? Have you tried to read a bedtime story to them from a book designed to be read to a 6 year old? How did that work out for you? Not so good, huh?

Kids minds change as they age. Duh! Profound statement there, right? Of course they do! And what appeals to and entertains the mind of a student in Kindergarten is radically different from what entertains a seventh grader. Even the differences from Kindergarten to 3rd grade are profound.

So why is it that so many schools think nothing of having a elementary enrichment program for an audience of all grades, from Kindergarten through eighth grade? It always amazes me! Sure, there are great school assembly performers who can pull this off and the school thinks they had a good show. But what they do not realize is how much better the results would have been by simply splitting the audience in half according to age. They might have had a great show instead! 

middle school assembliesWhen all grades are combined, the performer of a school assembly has to become somewhat schizophrenic, addressing first the needs of one age group, then turning away from them to address the other half. The alternative is to simply present to one half and let the other half struggle. Or to shoot for the middle and ignore the extremes. Whichever way you try, it’s basically a compromise that rarely please everyone.

From the perspective of most school assembly performers, elementary school enrichment programs basically have three comfortably similar audience levels, with some overlap among them. The first, or Primary audience, starts with pre-K and continues up to roughly 3rd grade. The second, or Intermediate audience, can begin as early as 2nd grade and continue through 6th grade. The oldest, or Middle school, audience, begins at 4th grade and continues usually up through young adult. When audiences are split this way the presenter can change the style, vocabulary and content of the performance to best meet the needs and likes of that particular audience. A perfect example would be our Abraham Lincoln program, primary school assemblieswhere the entire program is basically spoken word or story telling, with little in the way of props. The performers we employ as Abraham Lincoln impersonators have three entirely different versions of the show, each specifically suited to a particular age range. With certain refinements the program can even be tweaked to make it specifically appropriate for single grade levels. Many Middle Schools have trouble locating school assembly programs which are good for Middle Schools. The Lincoln program not only works in that setting but can be modified on the fly to suit the 8th grade curriculum perfectly. We have a number of clients representing Middle Schools that bring in Abraham Lincoln every year just for the 8th grade!

It is one thing to consider is whether a elementary school show is appropriate for all grades combined, but one must also ask if a particular program is indeed suited for a particular age group at all. For example, some school assemblies, when split into different performances, are quite good for all elementary school grades, but fare poorly in Middle Schools. primary school assembliesOur Inspector Iwannano program, a "Character Counts" assembly program is usually appropriate only for grades PK through 6, and we do not usually recommend it for grades 7 and above. Other school assemblies play wonderfully for Middle Schools but fly right over the heads of primary school audiences. All the Mobile Ed programs are appropriate for primary audiences but other vendors do offer programs which will not work for the lower grades. It is always best to inquire when scheduling as to the target age range for the program.

And so, knowing all this you are ready to begin. And as Sherlock Holmes would say: “The games afoot! The hunt is on!”school assembly programs   holmes 2

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN 

Career Choices and Film in Michigan - School Assemblies that help!

  
  
  
  
  

There is a bit of a debate going on here in Michigan. A few years back, as Michigan watched countless manufacturing jobs disappearing, the state government decided to try and entice new, growth industries into Michigan with generous tax credits. One of the industries they tapped was Film. school assemblies - careers

Michigan joined forty some other states in competing for film work by offering the most generous film tax credit incentives in the country. The idea was that film is still a thriving US industry which exports product all over the world, and that it employs many people in jobs that are ideal for retrained auto workers. But in addition, it is a very attractive industry for young, creative people, and Michigan has been watching a steady exodus of young people for years, all heading to more creative environments elsewhere.

Well, it has worked beautifully! Michigan has become a hotbed of film making, brought in stars and excitement, employed many people and caused many young creative people to stay in the state after college, plus attracting many more to move here. Films shot in Michigan this year alone had injected more than $300 million into the state economy by mid summer while costing the state less than $70 million. By the end of the year the amount spent by film crews in Michigan is projected to top $600 million. And far more growth is promised in the future. school assemblies   careers 2
Brick and mortar studios are under construction which will allow for production to continue year round!

Still, politics being what it is, misguided and poorly informed critics are trying to dismantle the incentive package before it has had time to bear all of it’s promised fruit. Kind of like plowing under your corn crop in June because you can’t eat the corn yet. We are hopeful that wiser minds prevail in the State Capitol and head off this madness.

Well now, what, you are asking yourself, does this have to do with school assembly programs? Film and Television are areas of the economy that continue to grow even through bad economies. And these fields promise creative and fulfilling careers to many young people.

For years, Mobile Ed has offered a program specifically intended to introduce elementary and middle school age students to the field of television production through a wonderfully fun program called Lights Camera Action. school assembly programsWith multiple tours available, elementary and middle schools on both the East and West coasts, as well as throughout the Midwest can all have access to this marvelously fun program. Lights Camera Action introduces children to all the various techniques of television production through interactive play before a green screen background. Almost all special effects now utilized by Hollywood involve “green-screen” technology, and Lights Camera Action, employing dazzling state of the art digital technology,allows students to learn about this field by participating in news broadcasts, music videos, weather reports, flying, water-skiing and more. michigan film incentivesIt is a wonderfully fun day that teaches children about a career path that is not only potentially lucrative but also a lot of fun. At the end of the day the school receives a DVD featuring all the content from the day so that schools may revisit their memories whenever they wish.

There is no better way to kindle imagination and ignite a future ambition than through hands-on exposure to the field itself. Countless students have been inspired to explore possible careers in this growth industry through a simple yet exciting visit to their school by Lights Camera Action! If you are looking for ideas for school assembly programs in Michigan or anywhere else, Lights Camera Action should demand your attention!

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN 

School Assembly Programs to help make sense of a changing world.

  
  
  
  
  

So I was watching a commercial recently, and they had a Polar Bear walking slowly from somewhere out in the snow. science assemblies   climate change
He came all the way into the suburbs of some city to give a hug to some guy who drives an electric car. It was cute. But I got to thinking... does an electric car really help the environment? Or does the manufacturing of the car create enough pollutionscience assemblies,climate change
to offset the gains from not burning gas? Or does it make any difference at all? I am no expert so I really don't know the answers to these questions, but I know someone who can give me some really good information on the subject!

Jeff Hoge is a masterful actor who lives in Chicago. He has performed for us for years, as Abraham Lincoln, and as a writer/mime with Young Authors Day. But in addition, Jeff is fascinated by the state of our environment and has made a great study of the subject. He now presents a program for us called Our Changing Climate which is delightful, with animatronic characters, cool graphics, interactive animated video and a world of answers about what exactly is going on with our planet. The really cool part is that, though this subject can generate some controversy, Jeff manages to walk a fine line between known and unknown, proven and speculative, and win over audiences from all sides of the debate. All the while, he is educating everyone in the audience on environmental science, but also doing so in a very entertaining manner!global warming school assemblies

Since Jeff is resident in Chicago, he is primarily available in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, but, as he does sometimes travel for us, schools in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and up and down the East Coast will also have limited access to this fine program through the year, too.

But keep in mind that his dates are limited, so if you are looking for ideas for school assembly programs in the Midwest or on the East Coast, it would be wise to grab one of Jeff's dates before they are gone!

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN 

Let’s Blow Something Up! - School Assemblies Featuring Science

  
  
  
  
  

I just caught an article in the LA Times, mentioning that President Obama will be making a guest appearance on the Television program Mythbusters this coming December. (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/sns-news-obama-mythbusters,0,5120428.story)

I love that program. It’s fun but uses a lot of good science in ways that attract kids interest.science assemblies   chemistry 1

In this case, the program will be tackling the ancient Greek story about the Greek scientist Archimedes using mirrors and sunlight to destroy a fleet of enemy ships. So viewers will also get some great mythology lessons along with the science and the explosions!

It was the first line of the article that really got me, though. 

“It is a truth known to chemistry teachers the world over: If you want to get kids interested in science, blow something up.”

Wow! Is that ever true!

And we have been practicing that for thirty years. Mobile Ed’s school assembly program  - “Chemistry! It Really Matters!”  - is the most recent incarnation of a string of chemistry related  school assembly programs going all the way back to the creation of Mobile Ed.
We have been blowing things up in the name of science for three decades! And kids really do love it! Nothing gets kids more excited than a huge boom, or a giant flash of flame. And nothing gets teachers more excited than seeing their students just as interested in learning the why and how behind the explosion! Although, the rest of the program, with demonstrations of all manner of chemical reactions including a very “cool” segment on the freezing, sub zero characteristics of liquid nitrogen, also offers many exciting moments, too! science assemblies,school assemblies
There is no question that science assemblies are real kid pleasers!

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN 

Field Trips - School Assemblies eliminate the cost and the hassle!

  
  
  
  
  

It is Fall and a lot of schools are looking for things to do with the kids to break up the daily grind of classroom work and augment the educational process through a field trip. And there is nothing wrong with field trips! We all love taking trips to cool destinations. Trips to a Planetarium or the Zoo or a historical site all contribute mightily to a students education and can spark the imagination in countless ways.

However, there is a high cost with field trips. school assemblies,school assembly programs
Simply acquiring and paying for transportation can be a deal-breaker. In today’s economic downturn, a lot of schools are looking for alternatives to field trips that are just as exciting but less costly. School assembly programs provide the perfect answer. Take the examples above, a planetarium, the zoo, an a historical site. Instead of loading up buses and driving to a Planetarium, schools can arrange for the planetarium to come to them. A program such as Skydome Planetarium provides all the excitement and educational value of a field trip but with a far lower cost. things to do instead of field tripsLikewise, a trip to the zoo is great but if cost is a factor (and when is cost not a factor?) Why not have the zoo come to you? Schools on a budget can arrange a visit from Animals and the Environment and introduce their students to numerous "cool critters", without ever having to leave the school grounds. activities for schools on a budgetFinally, while a visit to Lincoln’s birth cabin may be really neat (although there is some doubt as to whether it really IS his cabin!), a visit from President Lincoln himself will stick in their minds for years to come.field trips for schools

All in all, schools on a budget need look no further than a good assembly program if they are seeking things to do instead of field trips.

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN 


School Assembly Showcase Skokie – Update from today’s show!

  
  
  
  
  

We had a great day today, talking to school assembly coordinators from all over the greater Chicago area about our school assemblies! Today, of course, was the first of two days comprising the Center East Showcase at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois.

There were many, many school assembly and school assembly program performers in attendance here today, with showcase performances going on in the theatre all day. Meantime action was brisk outside in the lobby and in the main room, where booths were set up so that school representatives could visit with performers and schedule dates.Chicago School Assemblies

We met a lot of great people today and had a wonderful time. Dick Buchholz was here and his “critters” were a big hit with the crowd. Dick, of course, is our Chicago presenter for Animals and the Environment as well as Reptiles Are Cool. He had a whole slew of different snakes, turtles and lizards today. Who knows what he may bring tomorrow but I can’t wait to see!Midwest school assemblies

Jeff Hoge was here today, too. Jeff is also resident in the greater Chicago area, and is the presenter for three of our programs here. He is the local presenter for Young Authors Day, one of my favorites of all of our programs, but he also is the creator and performer for our wonderful newer program on the environment, Our Changing Climate. Additionally, in the winter Jeff is also dynamite Abraham Lincoln impersonator.

It was great to see everyone today. The show continues tomorrow, so if you are in Chicago, or anywhere in North East Illinois, Southeast Wisconsin, Western Michigan or Northwestern Indiana, and looking for ideas for school assemblies, I encourage you to stop by. You won’t find an opportunity to shop around so many different presenters in one place like this very often. Tell ‘em Geoff sent you!

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN

School Assemblies in Chicago this week! Don't miss out!

  
  
  
  
  

Just a quick one today to remind all of our friends in Chicago and other nearby parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and western Michigan that this coming week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, The chicago illinois school assembliesNorth Shore Center for the Performing Arts will host it’s annual School Assembly Performer Showcase in Skokie, Illinois.

I will be there to meet with customers and friends, along with two of our performers who live in the Chicago area. Dick Buchholz, performer for our Animals and The Environment, will be there with a number of his amazing animals, midwest school assembliesand so will Jeff Hoge who can explain all about his program Our Changing Climate, as well as the incredible Young Authors Day he offers to schools in Chicago and the surrounding areas.

So please stop by if you are in the area! It is a great place to shop around and meet numerous school assembly performers from all over the Midwest and get a lot of good ideas for school assemblies you might want to host this year or in the future.

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But remember to bring your schedule or school calendar! Because along with my performers, and an offer for a free give away for some lucky school to win a free school assembly, I will also have a large number of our school assembly programs available at a huge discount to schools who can actually schedule their date with us on Tuesday or Wednesday! So if you are on a budget (and who isn’t this year?) this is a great opportunity to score some of our best programs at a really great deal of a price! I hope to see you in Skokie!

Geoff Beauchamp is the Regional Manager of Mobile Ed Productions where "Education Through Entertainment" has been the guiding principal since 1979. Mobile Ed Productions produces and markets quality educational school assembly programs in the fields of sciencehistorywritingastronomynatural sciencemathematicscharacter issues and a variety of other curriculum based areas. In addition, Mr. Beauchamp is a professional actor with 30 years of experience in film, television and on stage. He created and still performs occasionally in Mobile Ed's THE LIVING LINCOLN
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