Visually? Seeing is believing when giant origami models magically appear, one step at a time.
Hearing? Sound waves become brain waves when stories, music, and rhythmic language flow through receptive ears.
Hands-on? Folding paper satisfies fidgety fingers. When story events are paired with paper folding steps, memory is painlessly enhanced and students are transformed into instant three-dimensional illustrators.
Humor? Laughing opens learning channels, allowing new ideas to germinate and joyfully spring to life.
EXPERIENCE: Over 175,000 students, teachers, and families have experienced the intellectual and educational benefits of Christine Kallevig's creative presentations since her first book was published in 1991. From Chalkyitsik, Alaska in the Arctic Circle to Mission, Texas on the Rio Grande, she has presented teacher workshops, family programs, student origami lessons, and large student assemblies in public and private schools, libraries, and at literary festivals and conferences.
As a former teacher and long-term PTA member, she understands how children learn and how schools operate. Every minute of her school programs targets Common Core Standards and proficiencies in math and/or language arts. Showing up on time, following a prescribed schedule, and using age-appropriate material that addresses the educational and developmental needs and interests of all the students are also essential elements of a successful visit. Christine's wide repertoire and willingness to be flexible makes her a popular speaker. She believes that it's better to adapt her presentation to the students rather than expecting hundreds of them to adapt to her.
GRADES or AGES: Pre-K through 8th grade, families, and school or library professionals.
LENGTH: Assemblies, Origami Intensives, and Family Presentations are usually 45 minutes. Workshops can last up to 90 minutes. Program lengths can be modified, depending on age levels and scheduling needs.
AUDIENCE SIZE is defined by the performance space and the type of desired experience. Christine performs in large venues (gyms or auditoriums) and smaller rooms (libraries or all-purpose rooms.) Suggested group sizes are approximately 200 per assembly, 50 per origami intensives, 100 per professional workshops, and unlimited for family evening programs.
PRESENTATION SET-UP/EQUIPMENT: Christine loves to donate origami sculptures to the schools she visits, so please provide her with information about your school colors and/or mascots. She also displays dozens of origami models and explains how they are made during presentations. She needs two large tables (at least six feet long) for these origami models and another large table to display the books and DVD's that are available for optional autographing. Adequate lighting and a clip-on or freestanding microphone are also required. A microphone on a stand is preferred. Students do not need tables for assembly programs, but desks or tables are necessary for Origami Intensives. Find further set-up details HERE.
FEES: A single 45-minute presentation of any kind is $500, but multiple presentations are discounted to $200 each. For example, the price for two sessions in one day is $700, three sessions in one day is $900, four sessions costs $1,100, etc. To help defray costs, the total daily fees may be split between different schools. Two morning sessions at one school and two afternoon sessions at another would cost each school only $550. Included are all supplies for group paper folding, prizes for student volunteers, and donations of unique origami sculptures for school libraries or display cases.
Transportation from Cleveland, Ohio is the only additional cost. Christine takes advantage of early booking discounts whenever possible and for closer locations, charges a very modest flat-rate driving fee, rather than the expensive per mile rates charged by other authors.
AUTOGRAPHING: There's no extra charge for book signing sessions. Pre-ordering is not required. Christine prefers to estimate how many books will be sold and then brings a few extra copies to her performances. To further simplify paperwork, book ordering forms are sent along with the initial contract as soon as times and dates are finalized. Book preview bundles may be purchased online at Storytime Ink International.