School Assembly Program Descriptions
All programs are forty-five minutes in length and are tailored to the age group(s) attending.
A program focusing on self-esteem
Your world, my world, and our world: how to make sense of it all? It all starts with a healthy sense of self. Respect for one’s self translates naturally into respect, empathy, and patience for others and the local and global community we share. The songs and stories in this program remind us of our uniqueness and how important it is to express individual gifts as well as recognize and respect the uniqueness of others. We all benefit when each of us starts from the inside out!
Celebrate the Delights of Our Living Planet
Topics include recycling and biodiversity.
A fast paced, participatory program celebrating the earth’s beauty and generosity! It’s important to think seven generations ahead in time in order to make responsible decisions that impact our environment. Indigenous communities and wise people throughout the world teach this ancient and timeless wisdom. Nancy’s program inspires and cultivates the “natural steward” residing in each child’s heart and mind through laughter, knowledge and creative imagery.
The Bizarre English Word Bazaar
A program focusing on the challenges and zaniness of the English Language
This show is brightly woven with original songs and insights into the world of simile, metaphor,onomatopoeia, rhyme, rhythm, spelling and the delightful twists and turns of the English language. It is designed to strengthen skills in self-expression and offer new ways to creatively use the spoken and written word. Laced throughout the show are opportunities for humor and participation, as Nancy captures the imagination and heart of each participant with gentle invitation and contagious lunacy.
A program with a mix of all three themes
Join Nancy on one of her favorite adventures! This program is a masterful weaving of word play, earth songs, and songs of self-esteem. It’s filled with opportunities for participation and uproarious laughter. Creativity, energy, and inspiration are the byproducts of this funny and informative assembly. This is a perfect show to reward students and teachers for a job well done.
Nancy’s mission is to honor the playfulness of spirit that lets everyone win. Her 30 years of working with both children and adults, and background as a teacher of biology, creativity and songwriting provide a strong foundation for program content.
Our region O.M. (Odyssey of the Mind) committee recognizes Nancy’s creative genius. Her unique humor and ability to communicate with all levels speaks clearly to her own personal celebration of life. Her gift is to be shared, as she is one of those special caretakers of our collective childhood fantasy.
~ Carol Ann Smith, Syracuse University Teacher of the Year, Skaneateles, NY
Nancy Tucker mesmerized an audience of 600 teachers from all over the world, regenerating their energy and their belief in themselves.
~ Sally Riese, PhD, Assoc. Professor of Psychology, Coordinator of Confratute, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
I was amazed at how quickly my six year old son caught on to the words of Nancy’s songs. Repeating is so important for the young mind today. He questioned different parts of her song to grasp more understanding. Tanner wanted to know how she could “sew” seeds in her garden … he said “I sew buttons and I sew patches but she “sews” seeds?” So we made flash cards –Now he gets it! Tanner also entertains his brothers, Trey four years and Spencer two years old, by putting on his sunglasses and doing Nancy’s Cat and Mouse act. The boys loved it – we then talked about how a person can take on many roles. What a language experience for my own six-year-old son and my fourth graders! Nancy was able to capture a wide range of learners -- hats off to Nancy for offering this unique learning style.
~ Ronica Lawrence, Teacher, Heuvelton, NY
The enrichment and love of music Ms. Tucker brings to each school class or student is phenomenal. The benefits of her work with the students will be felt long after she leaves.
~ Janet Dielman, Creative Arts Teacher/Consultant, Madison, CT.
Nancy Tucker genuinely engages kids. Her music, stories, and anecdotes build self-esteem, good feelings, and an appreciation of life. Everyone leaves her concert happy!
~ Dr. Small, Principal Lincoln and Sherman Elementary Schools, Ogdensburg, NY
I want you to know that I greatly appreciated your talents, but appreciated even more the rapport you established with our children. I am a strong proponent of children being outstanding critics. You received rave notices.
~ William Pallombella, Principal, Waterman School, Skaneateles, NY
The students were talking about you for days afterwards. Everyone was impressed with your beautiful voice and what seemed such ease in performing in front of an audience. We all felt like a part of the performance, not like we were being sung to.
~ Jaqueline Zachary, Conard High School, Hartford, CT.
Nancy Tucker has a special magic that reaches into the heart of every child. She also has the ability to bring out the child that resides within each adult. She is fun, witty, entertaining, and spreads joy wherever she goes.
~ Plato Karafekis, Principal, Wolcott School, West Hartford, CT.