Each scheduled day in the school calendar is important, and you won't waste any of them with an educational program from Margaret Clauder Presents. Her shows have educational content woven into the fabric of each performance. All her programs meet TEKS standards, and are approved by Learning Partners - Big Thought (Formerly Young Audiences of North Texas). Click on the link above. The window which opens will show the Big Thought Catalog. If you click on "search" on the top, left hand side, it will open a box of all Big Thought providers. Go down the list to "MCP Shows" and click on it. You will then see a list of all MCP programs approved by Big Thought). This is ONLY for Dallas area schools associated with Big Thought. Other MCP Shows are listed within this website.
Margaret offers a rich program, outstanding costumes (many made by Harris Costumes of Ft. Worth or designed by Disney costumers), and variety art skills such as ventriloquism and puppetry, to get children learning while they are laughing. Stories abound, and children and their teachers love Margaret's shows! Just look at how many school districts have hosted Margaret at their school!
The kids will smile brightly and listen as Goosey teaches a Mother Goose rhyme to memorize. Even Lambie listens!
"Hi, everyone! Say hello to Goosey!"
The kids will enjoy meeting this character.
For many people, Mother Goose is an early exposure to literature, encouraging children to develop a love of books - especially nursery rhymes. In the modern age, Mother Goose visits schools and libraries all over the metroplex to inspire kids once again. She teaches the rhymes to the children and has them act out the various rhymes utilizing props. She has a hilarious show with lots of puppets and ventriloquism. Kids love the puppets Lambie, Mary, Goosie, Itsy Bitsy, and the other friends who arrive with Mother Goose. For Pre-K to 2nd grade. You may click here for promotional photos for e-mail or print.
1. Engage children in rhyming and rhyming games to deepen interest in language.
2. Involve children in creating their own rhymes, and encourage this creativity.
3. With rhyming, develop sensitivity to word patterns.
4. Excite children to seek books of Mother Goose or other rhymes, and read them.
Be sure to bring your camera to the show,
and get a photo like this from the day!
Goosey and Lamby are both talking, while Mother Goose
listens. The audience will be just as attentive with these two!
Kathleen Jackson, librarian for Salizar Elementary
School in Dallas, ISD tells the world about Mother Goose!
Let Mariah Smith, librarian at the Forest Creek Elementary
school, Roundrock ISD talk a little about Mother Goose!
"It was an absolute pleasure having you at our school! The students and teachers are still talking about your visit! Attached is a copy of a card they made for you. I look forward to having you at our school again soon!" — Kristi Schleier, Post Elementary, Houston, TX
Weather Wonders with Meteorologist Maggie
Meteorologist Maggie with Cloudia the cumulonimbus cloud
The water cycle is responsible for what makes life possible on our planet. In this program, children will not only learn in a fun and entertaining way how the water cycle works, they will learn about all kinds of weather phenomena including rain, snow, hail, and tornadoes! Also, water is the only natural substance on earth that can take the form of a liquid, a solid, and a gas. This will all be demonstrated with the help of meteorological magic! Cloudia the cloud puppet and Chilly the penguin puppet will both add excitement as they keep the children's attention while learning.
1. Children will learn the process of the water cycle.
2. Terms such as evaporation, condensation, and transpiration will be defined.
3. Various weather phenomena will be demonstrated including tornadoes.
4. Children will learn about Antarctica, the coldest continent on Earth.
Meteorologist Maggie demonstrates electricity following a circuit at Griffin Elementary
Thank you again for visiting our campus today. I've heard so much positive feedback from teachers and students alike. Students were engaged and learning. What more can we ask for? I look forward to scheduling you to come see us again next school year."
— Darla Cowan, Testing, Federal Programs, and Activities Coordinator,
Harmony Science Academy-Fort Worth
"Just wanted to let you know every teacher who attended just loved the show. I myself couldn't stop talking about it. We will definitely be booking again!"
— I. Morales,
Reach for the Stars with Astronomer Annie
Astronomer Annie with the Moon and Mother Earth
Astronomer Annie with the Sun
This program ties in closely with science TEKS for 2nd - 4th grade and highlights "women in science" from the 1700's. The program features unique puppets such as the Sun, Mother Earth, the Moon, and Caroline Hershel. These puppets will help to teach children in a delightful way important science concepts such as (1) the names of the planets and their proper order from the sun, (2) the phases of the moon (3) concepts such as revolve, orbit, and rotate. Children will also hear a true story, "Caroline's Comets" which is about the first PAID female astronomer in the world. Caroline Hershel is portrayed by a beautiful, large puppet. Using her brilliant ventriloquism, Margaret (Astronomer Annie) will bring Caroline's true story to life so that children can appreciate her struggle as a woman in the late 1700's in England as she and her brother William mapped the stars using their own homemade telescopes.
1. Learn the phases of the moon and the difference between waxing and waning. An original mnemonic will help children learn these.
2. Learn the names and the order of the major planets. A mnemonic will be taught to help learn the order.
3. learn and understand concepts such as rotate, spin, revolve, and orbit.
Children learning about the order of the planets in our solar system.
Children catching the "falling stars" at the end of the program
"Thank you so much for your wonderful show at the Rowlett Recreation Center on Tuesday, July 23 for the Summer Reading Club, A Universe of Stories!
There were 35 kids and 20 adults at the program you did for Rowlett Public Library. I have attached a few photos."
Ready to have Astronomer Annie at your school?
Click her online calendar to check for availability. If the date is open; click here for a school Show Reservation form; or, click for your school Pricing Zone.
The Bookworm shows just how big you can grow if you read! This show is tied to books, and even has a book puppet. This is an excellent show for libraries or literacy grant programs.
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Let's Read with THE Bookworm
Virtual Program Available
THE Bookworm doesn't just read - she devours books, and grows to be a really big bookworm by reading! She tells wonderful stories, bringing characters to life for the audience with puppets, magic, or unusual props. Bookworm stories include: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, a Caldecott award winner, Kat Kong, a feline parody of the horror classic, and Mean Soup, a creative way for children to manage anger. THE Bookworm's book puppet (Webster the Dictionary) teaches children to take proper care of their books. In addition, she demonstrates a magic card trick that shows the most valuable card to have is not an Ace, but a library card! For K - 4th grade. You may click here for promotional photos for e-mail or print.
1. Children see a talking book puppet, Webster the Dictionary, who helps teach children the proper care of books.
2. Children will hear 3 stories come to life as told by a masterful storyteller, and be encouraged to check out other titles by the same authors.
3. Children will learn that all books are magical. To let the magic out, all you have to do is READ them.
4. Children will learn books are free on loan from their public libraries (as well as their own school.)
5. Children will learn about the summer reading club.
"Thank you so much for letting us participate in Target Tellebration this year. Our guest was Margaret Clauder, THE Bookworm. She was awesome. The 351 students that had the privilege of listening and seeing her presentation were fully engaged. They enjoyed her enthusiasm and energy. It was a positive, educational experience."
— Monica Dubiski, Library Media Specialist , LBJ Elementary
"We had the best time watching your Bookworm show yesterday. Everyone has been praising your show! We can’t wait to see you next year."
— Sheila Carter, Joshua School & Public Library
Click here for THE Bookworm press release you can use to announce the show!
Masai Maggie - back from Africa with a swarm of fun animals and stories to share! (Click photo for larger image)
Wild About Reading with Masai Maggie
As a Safari clad storyteller, Margaret brings crazy animal magic with Rocky the Baby Racoon (a critter who appears, disappears, and then reappears in the zaniest place imaginable!) There are stories, lots of audience engagement, and a grand finale as Margaret performs the children's classic Stand Back Said the Elephant I'm Going to Sneeze! How good is it? She has "brilliant puppetry and ventriloquism skills". When you see her perform, you will agree! For Pre-K - 3rd grade.
1. Excite children about a story by bringing actual text to life with several types of puppets.
2. Illustrate with the performance that stories in books are engaging.
3. Expose children to the art of puppetry and ventriloquism.
4. Teach the children many interesting facts about a variety of animals from all around the world. Concepts of endangered species and conservation will be covered.
Thank you for being a part of Kids Fair Safari 2008! We had a great time and enjoyed your performances. We look forward to seeing you at future events!"
— Jennifer and Joan, Post Oak Mall College Station Texas
Just wanted to email you and say thank you once again for a truly wonderful performance today at Porter. We LOVED having you and always look forward to your visits each year. The teachers and students could not stop talking about you today; they enjoyed your presentation very much. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and again thank you!"
— Anne Goodner, Porter Elementary Library
You may click here for promotional photos for e-mail or print.
Masai Maggie loves to read, and here, she is holding and laughing at one of her favorite books! Get closer if you want to read the title on the cover! (Click photo for larger picture.)
Sneezy and Masai Maggie are always friends. Yes, Sneezy can be playful, but at heart, he's a sweet elephant.
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Spring is in the Air with Mother Nature
Go closer to meet Audrey, a
totally harmless plant. Correct?
Or perhaps Audrey is named after a
pop-culture, not so harmless plant!
After the audience meets Mother Nature, they are introduced to an unusual plant. This is Audrey, the Venus fly trap. The audience learns that Audrey is native to the Eastern U.S., growing in swampy wetlands. Next, they find out that Audrey grows large and healthy without photosynthesis; instead, she eats flies. When the time with Audrey ends, the students meet Mama Racoon. There are many qualities which make her distinctive, yet the one Mother Nature emphasizes is her nocturnal ways. When the Mama Racoon puppet is put back to bed, Mother Nature shares 2 stories. The first is A Tree For Me, and the second is Calvin the Caterpillar, a tale about a caterpillar changing to a butterfly. While telling the story of Calvin, Mother Nature has teachers and students on stage helping. This program teaches about the natural world, which makes it ideal to welcome spring, celebrate Earth day, or emphasize ecology. Along the way, your students learn about some unusual life forms which share the world with us.
1. Kids find out the definition of the word nocturnal.
2. Students hear 2 stories told by Mother Nature. A Tree for Me by Nancy Van Lan, and Calvin the Caterpillar Gets His Wings by Margaret Clauder.
3. Children find out a vegetarian eats only plants.
4. Kids discover a Venus fly trap is a meat eating plant. Ages pre-K through 2nd.
Margaret, a.k.a. detective "Imma Sleuth", will take junior gumshoes on an adventure trying to find a story in the library that Margaret is supposed to tell to the kids. Books will be lined up on the table with various titles. Using their powers of deduction, clues, a fingerprint matching book, and a secret code, the junior detectives will figure out which story Imma will finally tell! 3 stories will be utilized in detective school. The first, Ruth the Sleuth, will be told at the beginning of the show. This is a story about a little girl, Ruth, who likes to play detective. She uses her detective skills to solve the case of the missing pizza. This is an original story written by Margaret's son, John, who hopes to publish this story!
The 2nd story used in detective training, Why A Disguise, is a comical classic which advises on why children would want to wear disguises. For example, if you are wearing a disguise, your parents won't recognize you and ask you to take out the trash,or wash the dishes, or play with your little sister! An audience volunteer will be dressed up in a funny outfit with a trench coat, glasses, hat, and beard as Imma tells this tale as part of detective school.
Finally, clues, a fingerprint matching book, and a secret code are used to eliminate the "suspect books." One-by-one the Jr. detectives will find their list of suspects has dwindled down to just 3 possible choices. By breaking a secret code the name of the culprit book is revealed: Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey. Imma will then tell this story to the children in the final bit of fun.
Just a plain old teapot; nothing to see here . . .
or maybe, like evaluating a book, we need a closer look . . .
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Elephants - like books - need a closer
to show all that they have to share with us!
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"Our kids loved the program!
I've never seen our K - 5th graders sit sooooo quietly for such a long period of time. They were totally enthralled." — Director Kathy Kettle of Children's Safari in Mesquite, TX
This is an authentic Folklorico dress from the Jalisco region of Mexico. As Senorita Margarita, she demonstrates a Mexican Hat dance during the show. (Click photo for larger image)
Fiesta de Mexico with Señorita Margarita
Celebrate Mexico with Señorita Margarita! Great for Cinco de Mayo! She comes in a traditional Mexican dress and sombrero. Her show features Rosita the puppet who tries to learn "La Cucaracha" in a hilarious rendition of the song. Also featured in the show is the Mexican Hat Dance and Mariachi Loco, a trumpet playing marionette who will bring the house down when his pants fall off! This is an energetic celebration of Hispanic culture!
1. Expose children to Hispanic culture with dance, storytelling, puppets, and marionettes.
2. Children will hear words and phrases in Spanish and become familiar with their meanings. They will learn a traditional Spanish song, and be taught the words in English and Spanish.
3. Increase cultural tolerance by highlighting some of the many Hispanic elements in our society.
4. To encourage children's self-assurance and self-expression by offering a colorful character who is not afraid to be different.
For pre-K - 3rd grade.
Ready to have Margaret at your school?
Click her online calendar to check availability. Date open? click here for a school reservation form; or, click for your school Pricing Zone.
For TEKS click here
Señorita Margarita posing with her sombrero and dress. This is a traditional Mexican dress from the Jalisco region. (Click picture for larger image.)
While wearing a Mexican dress, Señorita Margarita does a hat dance, and shows other Hispanic culture. (Click photo for larger image.)
The Hero is Within YOU! (An Anti-bullying Program)
Bullying is a serious subject and children need to know how to deal with it. In this program, children will learn about the 3 types of bullying - physical, relationship, and verbal. They will learn how to deal with bullies using their words and not physical violence. They will also learn how to be sensitive to others so that they are not bullies themselves. This program is based on a curriculum recommended to us by school counselors and educators. We have added our own creativity with the use of puppetry and ventriloquism. Children will meet Michael, the little boy who gets bullied at school and hear his heart wrenching story about how bullying broke his heart. By learning the difference between put-downs and put-ups, children will become sensitive about what they say or repeat. Michael's story will become a story of triumph as children become super heroes and learn how to make good choices in how they cope with bullying.
1. Learn what bullying is and how to distinguish the 3 basic forms.
2. Learn the difference between put-downs and put-ups.
3. Hear a story about a child that was bullied, and learn a song about bullying.
4. Realize that through good choices, they can make a difference.
"Dear Ms. Clauder,
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you fr your "Hero is Within You! presentation. We were very excited to feature you as part of our wonderful Wednesdays for summer reading this year. We know that both children and parents alike enjoyed your show and the very important message you shared. Many thanks for your support of this year's summer reading program!" — Dustin Nordt, The Youth Services Staff, Manske Public Library in Farmers Branch
Janelle Sanders, former librarian for Roberts Elementary in the Dallas ISD, talks about THE Bookworm!
Julie Moore of the Arlington ISD, talks about THE Bookworm at Razzle Dazzle reading day with 1,000 in attendance!.
"As I was looking at your website and saw that you are THE Bookworm. I saw your performance when I was teaching at Kennedy Learning Center in Dallas. My students and I absolutely loved your show. It was a fantastic performance[!]" — Angie Davis
Singing Bird's costume is made from leather, based on authentic Native American designs. She really brings the other side of Thanksgiving to life for the audience! (Click photo for larger image)
Story of Thanksgiving with Singing Bird the Native American
(Available the month of November ONLY)
This video made by A.W. Brown Fellowship Leadership Academy in Dallas, TX. It is shared with permission.
November only. The story of Thanksgiving from the Indian's point of view. This show uses authentic costuming and Indian artifacts that the children can actually touch and see. Music, magic, and storytelling are used to highlight Native American culture. This show is a wonderful way to add some history behind the tradition of Thanksgiving, which began as much more than turkey!
For Pre-K - 3rd grade. You may click here for promotional photos for e-mail or print.
1. Introduce children to Native American culture, and offer an alternative perspective on Thanksgiving.
2. To teach children about Squanto, a Native American with a significant role in U.S. history.
3. To increase cultural sensitivity by helping children become more familiar with a peoples who, at first, seem entirely different.
Want to have Singing Bird for Thanksgiving?
Click her online calendar to check availability. Date open? click here for a school Show Reservation form; or, click for your school Pricing Zone.
For TEKS click here
MCP, bringing educational and entertaining programs to schools, as well as school libraries all over the DFW metroplex, in places like Allen, Arlington, Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Frisco, and Fort Worth. Also going to cities in Texas, such as Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Tyler, Midland, Odessa, Corpus Christi, Long View, McAllen, TexArkana, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, TX. Outside of Texas, travelling to places in Arkansas like Little Rock and Hot Springs, AR. MCP visits cities in Oklahoma such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Norman, OK, and all the way to Idaho.