Jelly Jam Time will be coming to Gan Shalom this year at least twice a week!

For 3-5 year olds it’s a Story Dancing class.
This class uses active storytelling by incorporating elements of creative movement, creative dance, and creative theater.  As a teacher, Risa guides the kids, by enthusiastically telling the story and inviting them to become the many elements of the story- characters, places and objects.  Risa intentionally approaches the stories with awareness of social-emotional growth and developmentally appropriate content. The childrens’ input is incorporated when relevant (as often as possible). One story fills each 30 minute class.

For Keshet, it’s Creative Movement/ song and story exploring
Through songs and movement activities, I engage the younger children to explore different ways to move- playing with the many elements of dance and theatrics such as speed, rhythm, volume, and pathways. Small stories are sprinkled in throughout. Again, I am attentive to the needs of the children and encourage them in their personal movement discoveries.

Bio: Risa Lenore Anderson Dye is known for her creative energy in teaching and for her engaging puppet shows. Her business, Jelly Jam Time congeals her passions into a practice of teaching story-dancing and performing puppet shows for young audiences. For years, Risa has been dancing, acting, clowning, creating costumes, stories, sculptures and puppets. She taught at Gan Shalom from 2005-2013 and became impassioned by early childhood education. Since 2013 she has been sharing her energetic classes with the greater bay area and her colorful interactive puppet shows with museums, libraries and schools. She plans to bring many more stories to life.  If you would like to know more: