As a vagabond puppeteer turned written-word juggler and arts education standard-bearer, I have always considered jumping off proverbial cliffs the best learning tool there is.

I have successfully presented shows in languages I knew slightly to not at all, have pushed brand new artists of all ages to release their own ideas through words and imagery, and have muddled through cultural mysteries world wide.

My writing for children blends the “What if?” with the “Now!”, to encourage taking a chance on the uncertainty of wonder.

And what I offer to teachers are opportunities to embed this imagination in learning, across curriculums, administrative stumbling block­s, and cultural divides.

Stories have power when words are set free to play. Power to share experiences, to understand, to heal.

I am thrilled to be able to share my countless hours of classroom experience integrating creative writing, art making, and theater – in other words, puppetry – across the curriculum!

Developed in collaboration with enthusiastic elementary and middle school teachers, The Sophisticated Sock: Project Based Learning Through Puppetry, offers specific lessons tied to emotional literacy, literature and language arts, social studies, science, visual art study, and conflict resolution.

Each lesson is presented with clear step-by-step instructions, and includes story building templates and assessment, along with suggestions and instructions for quick puppets made of inexpensive (or recycled) easily available materials.

“… Wow! I love the inclusion of civics and really diving into such a deep driving question through puppetry. True project based learning! …Really gets to the heart of everything STEAM is about!”

Brianne Gidcumb
Director eLearning

“Teachers especially will appreciate Karen’s illustrated project choices for different skill and age levels.”

Jan Wolfe
Puppeteers of America

“Karen Konnerth’s extensive experience in classrooms shines through on each page…a must-have for educators who are eager to stimulate their students’ imaginations, inspire creativity, and strengthen skills and knowledge in many subject areas.”

Carol Sterling
Former President UNIMA-USA
US Fulbright Program Specialist in Educational Puppetry