Anyway, I spoke for an hour. Here's a short clip from the end of the presentation. There were 150 kids at this one. I really had a ball and just cut loose.
Oh and Cade was actually really nice about the laptop, after he screamed for just a moment. I took it to the computer shop and I hope they can replace the keyboard. Thanks for all of your kind thoughts. You might be the reason my funeral service won't be held this week.
Anyway, here's how I helped the kids write a story (with music included because it made me less nervous.)
Here's the basic dialogue in case it's hard to hear:
Me: What kind of story would you like to help me make up today?
A little boy: Something about a dragon who goes into a city.
Me: Perfect. What kind of music should I play for that? Something scary, right?
*Me playing low notes on the violin*
Me: So the dragon goes into the city. I bet this is from the dragon's point of view. Maybe we should have him win something. Is there a reason he's visiting the city?
A little girl: He's hungry so he found a bakeshop. But the baker got mad and tried to hurt the dragon.
Me: What kind of music can I play for someone who's hungry?
*Me playing silly music*
See, that song made me hungry! So, he sees the baker and the baker's upset. What should happen next?
A little boy: Some elves come and start a war! Then the dragon left from his town in . . . Italy and went to the United States.
Me: Oh my. How do all of you feel about a dragon being in the United States?!
*Me playing Old Lang Syne*
What happens now?
A little boy: Someone fights the dragon with a bazooka!
*Me playing a sharp note on the violin and acting like I got shot*
A little girl: Then the dragon searches for more food.
Me: And I bet he finds the baker again. I think we're getting close to the end. Can one of you make this a happy ending? Save us!
A little boy: He found some food.
*Me playing a happy fiddle song*
A little girl: The dragon goes back to Italy. He finds a cave to live in and a girl to marry.
Me: That's perfect. How does the wedding song go again?
*The kids sing "Here Comes the Bride" and then I start playing the violin with them*
All in all, I think it went great. I had such a blast!
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