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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2017 ➔ EmpaTheater


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Aya Karpinska (thesis advisor)
Chris Prentice (thesis advisor)
Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde (thesis advisor)
Loretta Wolozin (thesis advisor)
Anna Noelle Parker (designer)


May 4 2017


Grounded in the fundamentals of child development, and currently held educational best practices at the state, local, and teacher level, EmpaTheater is a curriculum that is designed to strengthen Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students understanding of their own and others’ feelings. The affordable and easily implemented curriculum, taught over 4 lessons on a weekly or monthly basis, breaks down emotions into their physical, facial, and auditory components. These components are conveyed to the children through the use of interactive hand puppets and role-playing.
EmpaTheater’s provides young children with an interactive way to better understand and express their emotions in positive and constructive ways through; teacher guided discussion of an individual emotion, a chance for children to use the interactive hand puppets to devise and act out a scenario regarding their emotion, and then a teacher led, open ended discussion of the emotion.



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