KIDS ON THE BLOCK

KIDS ON THE BLOCK

The Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe offers free, interactive performances to children in elementary schools throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Using nearly life-size puppets, children are educated on such topics as problem solving, feelings, and school safety. The “Kids” dress and act like real children and each has their own personality, hopes, fears, talents and limitations. Audiences interact directly with the puppet characters during question and answer sessions in each program.

This unique form of communication provides young people with a safe environment to learn an attitude of smart decision-making and sensitivity.

The programs that are available are: Bullies and School Safety Program, Children’s Mental Health Program and Early Learning Series.

We also have resource information for: Teachers, Parents and Kids.

If you are interested in setting up a program, contact Julie Barnett at 410-822-0444 or email at jbarnett@mhamdes.org.


Bullies and School Safety Program

The Kids on the Block program on Bullies and School Safety is designed to create awareness of bullying behavior, develop problem solving skills and empathy for the targets of bullies, and explores ways that students can get involved in promoting safety in their school.

Bullies and School Safety performances are available July 1–December 31

Scripts:

  • You’re Not the Boss of Me
  • Rescue or Report

Children’s Mental Health Program

The Children’s Mental Health Program helps children identify different feelings and emotions and develop coping strategies for their angry or stressful feelings. They also examine various problem solving techniques and learn intervention strategies for adults and children. The children are encouraged to be secure and confident in their own perception of emotions from themselves and those around them.

Children’s Mental Health performances are available January 1–June 30 on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays to children in grades 1–4, to groups of approximately 15–50 and free of charge.

Scripts:

  • Feelings
  • What’s the Problem

Early Learning Series

The Kids on the Block Early Learning Series is a program offered exclusively to children, ages 3-6, in Talbot County. Programs consist of songs and role playing presented by our community volunteer, Judy Amdur. This program is partially funded by the Talbot Arts Council and the Maryland Arts Council.

Early Learning Presentations are available October to June to children ages 3-6 in Talbot County Public Schools, preschools and child care centers, to groups of 10-25 children and free of charge.

Program Topics:

  • Aggression
  • Compassion
  • Perseverance

For Teachers

Reading List for Teachers:

Here are the list of websites and the Take Action Against Bullying Brochure in PDF format that can be downloaded and printed for your convenience.

Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD)
The Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) provides education and advocacy on behalf of individuals with mental illnesses so that they may reach their rightful place as participating, productive members of our community.

The National School Safety Center

The National School Safety Center serves as an advocate for safe, secure and peaceful schools worldwide and as a catalyst for the prevention of school crime and violence.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work — a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources — programs, policies and grants — toward that outcome.


For Parents

Reading List for Parents:

Here are the list of websites and the The School Bully can take a toll on Your Child’s Mental Health article in PDF format that can be downloaded and printed for your convenience.

Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD)

The Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) provides education and advocacy on behalf of individuals with mental illnesses so that they may reach their rightful place as participating, productive members of our community.

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center

A Federal resource for communities working to prevent violence committed by and against young people.

Family Communications

We develop projects in all media, provide education and training for people who work with young children and consult on issues that affect families.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work — a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources — programs, policies and grants — toward that outcome.


For Kids

Here are the list of websites and The Mental Health Word Search game in PDF format that can be downloaded and printed for your convenience.

PBS KIDS with Mister Rogers Neighborhood

An interactive game on the PBS Kids website with Mister Rogers Neighborhood


More About Kids on the Block, Inc.

The Kids on the Block, Inc. is an international, educational puppet company based in Columbia, Maryland. Founded in 1977 to help fill the need of children with disabilities to have their non-disabled peers understand and accept them, KOTB has expanded to include over 40 different program topics with thousands of troupes in the US and 29 different countries. If you would like information on starting your own troupe, please contact KOTB, Inc. at 1-800-368-5437 or www.kotb.com.

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