Welcome to Monkey Business, the Bitty City Blog! Teaching and growing creative kids ages 1-10.
We’re Caroline and Danielle, co-founders of Bitty City Players. We are both New York City teachers with theater backgrounds, who feel that some of the fundamental rules of theater and improv like, “Yes...and”, “Listen and Respond”, and “Acting is doing” apply perfectly to the classroom as well.
Based upon our experiences in the classroom, both as teachers and as students, we know that engaging in hands-on, brains-on, put-your-whole-self-in activities is the best way to connect to kids and get them excited about what they're learning. We deeply believe that dramatic play and sensory work are the most effective educational tools with young children and we incorporate both into our innovative theater and science curricula.
We want to keep joy and playfulness in our learning - in the classroom and at home. If you’re a teacher or parent (or both!) or otherwise involved with the education of children 10 and under, we’re here for you!
You’ll hear plenty from us, but you will also hear from some of our fellow teachers and moms, activity specialists (in theater, science, OT, and more), and the occasional school administrator and guest artist.
On the Bitty City Blog (aka Monkey Business), you’ll find:
Tips and ready-to-go resources for early childhood and elementary teachers
Ideas to help kids embrace imagination and entertain themselves during downtime and waiting time.
Original songs for lessons and transition times
Favorite books and materials for different age groups
Resource lists - online and offline.
Practical advice for communicating with teachers, parents, administrators, and students.
Our goal for each blog post (every other Wednesday - sometimes a little more often) is to support you and make life a little easier and more fun.
We can’t wait to share our ideas and hear yours! We look forward to your feedback, questions, counterpoints, suggestions, additions, or whatever you’ve got. Our aim is to create a supportive and helpful community. To that end, all respectful discussion is welcome in the comments, and we will do our best to read and respond to your comments promptly.
As we enjoy the precious last weeks of summer, and prepare for the start of another exciting school year, we want to inspire and motivate you to keep thinking out of the box, and bring joy and magic into the classroom - and every room!
We want to provide programming that is accessible. We want Bitty City to be a resource for young children of NYC and their families and teachers, especially those who have limited access to enrichment opportunities.