Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher

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Announcing: 10th Season of the Adoptees Connecting Club

ACC is a fun, safe and creative place for adoptees, 6-16 years old. This club is for children who want to explore their adoption story in a supportive and playful way with other adopted children. Each child will have many opportunities to share, explore and celebrate their particular life journey as an adopted person through various art forms: writing, drawing, cooking, yoga, mindfulness, creative visualization, drama and puppets. Since there are no more than 8 children at our club meetings, there is time for all to participate fully.

9 Saturdays, October 2017- June 2018
10:00am - 2:00pm

Sessions 1: Origins October 7, November 4, December 2, 2017
Sessions 2: Discovery January 13, February 3, March 3, 2018
Sessions 3: Affirming April 14, May 5, June 2, 2018

Fee: $240 per session $100 Discount for signing up for all 3 sessions. $240 x 3 = $720 - $100 = $620 total
8 Children Maximum

Adoptees Connecting


FAD PAD Appreciation Days

New! Appreciation Days Novemeber 20 and 21, 2017

Make name cards for Thanksgiving dinner, create gratitude bags, make signs for Alameda Food Bank, bake apple cake and plant bulbs.

All art, gardening and cooking supplies are included in the class fees.

Reservations Are Required

$85 Each Day

Time 9am - 3pm

Ages K - 6th Grade

8 Children Maximum

After-care from 3-5:30 is available at $6 per half hour.

There will also be plenty of time for free play, climbing Bob (the loquat tree), exploring the gardens and the enchanted and forbidden forests!

Scholarships and Payment Plans Available.

Please fill out the FAD PAD Emergency Form or I can email it to you.
If you have already been to a FAD PAD playshop or camp and your contact information has not changed you do not need to fill out the FAD PAD Emergency Form.

Send in the $25 non-refundable deposit for each session. I will send a confirmation and the FAD PAD Release form will be emailed to you once you sign up.

Apprecation Days

Home School Classes

Registration for Winter/Spring 2018 is open now!

Winter/Spring 2018 STARWITZ: A Harry Potter Book Series Class Tuesdays from 10-2.

Making books come alive with creative hands-on learning activities in a homey, fun and supportive environment.

This class will be based on, "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone". We will delve into the magical and imaginary realm of witches and wizards through art, play and drama. Some of the various activities will include the Kings Cross Station, Platform 9 3/4, Hogwarts Express, making wands & spell work, choosing the perfect witch/wizard outfit, creating an original name & house name, the Sorting Hat, the Mirror of Erised, the Sorcerer's Stone Quest as well as attending Charms, Potions and Transfiguration classes.

There will also be time for free play, climbing Bob (the loquat tree), exploring the gardens and the enchanted and forbidden forests!

This class is for children 6-12 years old (older or younger if you think your child would be a good fit).

Eight children maximum enrollment. 4 students minimum.
Oakland location near 580 and Edwards.

Headmistress, Mary Ellen Hill, MA, has been an avid fan since the HP books came out! She has been a professional storyteller since 1990. She is the director of FAD PAD playshops and camps. Mary Ellen also brings 30 years experience as a special and elementary education teacher and an after school day care teacher at Adventure Time. She has been teaching Harry Potter classes and camps since 2010. She has been offering Homeschool classes since 2014.

Sample Class: Each student will make wizard money- galleons, sickles, and knuts, and a cloth pouch to put it in. As a class we will set up Gringotts and choose the parts of goblins and the wizards/witches coming to the bank. Then we will act out the scene.

19 four hour classes, 10-2 on Tuesdays

Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, NO CLASS April 3 April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018
Fee: $60 per day for 4 hour class and $30 supply fee = $1170

Scholarship funds and payment plans available

Registration: Email Mary Ellen: or call her: 510-219-3474
Download Registration Form

Pay With PayPal

After School Classes

After School Enrichment!

Since 2004 I have been teaching a variety of after school enrichment classes in the East Bay. From Theater Arts, Puppetry and Storytelling, Hand Sewing and Embroidery to Starwitz ( based on the Harry Potter books). These classes are taught at home studios and elementary schools. I teach at the three primary schools in Piedmont; Havens, Beach and Wildwood. In Oakland I teach at Hillcrest, Redwood Heights and Sequoia.

Let me know if your school/homeschool/neighborhood community group want me to come and teach a class.

Here is a sample course description of one of my current classes.

Stitch~n~Time, Hand Sewing Skills with Mary Ellen Hill

K- 5th grade, 12 students max

For experienced stitchers and newcomers alike! Basic hand sewing skills will be taught. Students will learn how to mend clothes, sew on buttons and how to make puppets, pillows, and more!

Wednesdays 1:20-2:30pm September 16- December 9, 2015 ~ $150 (supplies included) + Administrative fee $10 = 10 fun classes ~ $160

Please email me or call if you are interested in this on going class. Thank you.

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Mary Ellen Hill ~ Storyteller & Teacher
Telephone 510-636-4155
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