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Literary & Educational Programs

When founding The Parable Fund our intent was to partner with elementary classroom teachers and homeschool educators to enrich the learning experiences of their students. Pati has presented the following story programs in large assemblies held in school auditoriums and gymnasiums. They also have been well received in more intimate settings within libraries, classrooms and living rooms. 

Anne of Green Gables

An inspiring and educational program about Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Canadian author of the charming Anne of Green Gables book series. Dressed in vintage Victorian costume, Pati will invite you on a little journey to Prince Edward Island. Enjoy the humor and wisdom of that unforgettable literary character, Anne Shirley. A collection of antiques, PEI artifacts, books and photographs are also displayed for the audience's viewing enjoyment.

Beatrix Potter

Well-loved children’s book author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter is illuminated through this colorful presentation. In Meet Miss Potter, Pati authentically portrays this interesting watercolor artist and conservationist in Victorian costume and with British accent. She tells her life story and the inspiration for her bestselling book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Potter’s illustrations, photos, vintage artifacts and clothing are displayed for viewers to have a window into her creative world. 

Jane Austen

An informative and insightful program about the beloved English novelist, Miss Jane Austen. She was a pioneer of women making their living through writing. Austen penned seven of the best-selling books of all time, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma.

Dressed in Regency period costume, Pati shares about the life and times of this gifted author. Austen memorabilia and British artifacts are displayed to enrich the learning experience.

Because of the recent film adaptations of Jane Austen's works, many high school students have a new appreciation for English literature. Serving as a guest presenter, Pati shares creative resources with teachers and their students to help make learning about cultural history an enjoyable experience.

A Story Portrait of Maud Lindsay - American Educator & Author

Maud McKnight Lindsay was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1874. During her lifetime she was a best-selling author of 14 popular children's storybooks and a beloved kindergarten teacher. She dedicated her entire life to her young students by igniting their love for learning. Maud incorporated creative play, music, songs, poetry and storytelling into her lesson plans. Her children's stories were reprinted in over 60 elementary school textbooks that were read by teachers and parents across the country. Many of her books were translated into other languages. She was a childhood playmate and a close lifelong friend of Helen Keller. This is an inspirational program written especially for anyone who works in early childhood learning or elementary education. This presentation premiered in May 2019 for the Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Women Educators of Iowa. This audience thoroughly enjoyed learning about this interesting and outstanding teacher. They also laughed a lot as they listened to some of Maud’s classic stories, told by Pati with an authentic Alabaman accent. A colorful tabletop exhibit featuring vintage photographs,   copies of many of her popular books and her lesson plans are artfully displayed. This program is sure to delight and enrich everyone who hears it!

I Love to Tell the Stories...And You Can Too!

This is an equipping workshop (or funshop) designed to introduce participants to the oral tradition of storytelling. With helpful handouts and small group exercises, begin learning how to share your own stories. These same skills can be applied to tell unforgettable Bible stories. Listen, learn and take the leap into the welcoming world of wonderful storytellers.

 

A Story Portrait of Hans Dahl

In the late 1880‘s a renowned artist named Carl Larrson began enchanting us with his paintings of everyday family life set in the rural Swedish countryside. At that same time on history, over in Norway there was an artist named Hans Dahl who was painting the everyday life scenes of Norwegians. His brushes captured the rugged beauty of Norway's mountains and fjords and those who lived among them. This is a “SHOW and TELL” program of the life and works of this accomplished and beloved Norwegian painter. This program will feature a projected photographic display of many of his paintings and commentary about what inspired him, set to the music of Norwegian composer Edvard Greig's Peer Gynt. This program also incliudes lovely display boards featuring many colorful prints from his prolific portfolio of paintings.

A Story Portrait of Rønnaug Petterssen

This is an informative "Show & Tell" presentation about an internationally awarded Norwegian Doll Maker. For 40 years Petterssen worked in her studio in Oslo designing and crafting her charming dolls dressed in bunads (regional folk costumes). Her superb artistry and attention to detail make her dolls, gnomes and nisse extremely collectible and valuable today. Pati brings along a colorful table display featuring her vintage doll collection to help tell Rønnaug's interesting life story. She also uses a Powerpoint projected slide show chronicling Petterssen's personal life from 1901-1979.