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A Motivational Hour for Grades 1-5
The interactive presentation led by author Jennifer Jo Young and composer January M. Akselrad uses their story of an adventurous Lincoln cent from the Mom’s Choice Award-Winning book, “The Wishful Penny,” and its derivative musical, “Jenny’s Penny,” to teach basic goal-setting and visualization techniques. Students learn that they hold the power and potential to actualize their dreams and goals.
Watch January teach students "See The Wish" during the presentation!
The "Need-A-Penny/Take-A-Penny" Dance gets the students up and moving (and giggling) half-way through the presentation!
• Introduction and setting of group ground rules
• Dramatic reading from “The Wishful Penny”
• Goal-setting discussion
• “Three Secrets For Making Wishes Come True”
• Visualization Exercise
(Students "see" their goals actualized!)
• Voluntary sharing of goals and visualizations
• Group Sing-A-Long of “See the Wish”
• Question & Answer with Author and Composer
7 - 7
"I loved the reaction of the children to the story and the fact that they sharpened or learned listening skillsalong with oral presentation and critical thinking skills thanks to your thoughtful teacRhing methods of storytelling combined with music. A delightful a fternoon all around.”
Tanya Tyler-Barber / Program Director-Interactive Museum, Middletown, NY
"Thank you so much for speaking at our school...I was so happy with the outcome!! The kids were so excited and the parents were pleased with their conversations at home about it! There is still a huge buzz around the school about your visit!! Its amazing how your visit influenced the students!"
Nicole, Literacy Specialist, Brooklyn Charter School
"I learned that it is not hard to imagine or to believe and my wish is that you will visit again.”
Noelle, Grade 3
"Your presentation was a huge hit! I really enjoyed watching it myself. What a pleasure to work with you! You made it so easy on me!"
Vicki Carroll, Farmingville Elementary, Ridgefield, CT, PTO & Book Fair Chair
"All the kids really enjoyed the show. They were very excited and loved being able to participate in it!"
Alietta Gordon, Teacher, PS173 Bronx, NY
"Thank you for your consistently wonderful presentations! We always look forward to your visits."
Chris Wallace, Farmingville Elementary Librarian, Ridgefield, CT
“I learned that when we believe in our self, we can do it, because we are the future.”
Nazirqah, Grade 4
“What was my favorite moment was when you said we can be what ever we want to be.”
Ruddy, Grade 2
“The very best in education!”
Libby Pataki, Former First Lady of NY
Check Out The Wishful Penny Book & CD!
7 - 8
Letters From The Students
Price: $450* includes presentation, list of aligned Common Core State Standards, follow-up activities, “The Wishful Penny” Audiobook and 1 Focus Ann/classroom management tool. Presentation approved and listed with Putnam/Northern Westchester B.O.C.E.S. Arts In Education. Ancillary products include “The Wishful Penny” Teacher’s Kit and Theater Kit! *See The Wish can operate on a sliding fee scale depending on the assets of your school. Schools with larger budgets help offset presentation costs for schools with minimal budgets. 845-797-9183/www.seethewish.com / firstname.lastname@example.org