- 19July 2017
Speech encourages communication and drama is an interesting way to express it. For the more reserved child, Speech and Drama develops and builds confidence, quelling the anxiety of public speaking, socializing with peers, and the fear of being ridiculed or standing out as the centre of attention.
For exuberant children, Drama especially assists in channeling their energies through creative expression and innovative methods.The fantastic thing about Drama is that one piece of text can be interpreted in so many ways because a child gets to act it out rather than just reading it. Through experience and added exposure to the written word, Speech and Drama instills a greater love of literature.
For example, children at Big Foot Pre School recite well-known rhymes and poems, and phonemic books are read to the children before their drama. This not only makes children aware of the literature, but it also helps them to articulate speech sounds correctly.
Teachers at Big Foot Preschool read these interesting books to the children before they proceed to act the story out. This not only is very fun, but also acts as a support to the children as they remember the story, sequence, words and actions which helps them their drama.
The positive impact Speech and Drama classes have on young children’s development are often far greater than most parents expect and will only be realized by allowing children to participate.
Speech and Drama can make your child become self-confident and a good communicator.
The Benefits of Speech and Drama
Accurate speech and good communication skills.Speech and Drama lessons help children to become more articulate while it builds their vocabulary and grammar which in turn makes children more willing to communicate their thoughts. Having this, a strong foundation is forged for the skills required to present and speak publically throughout their lifetime.
Oral presentation and performance skills – boosting self-confidence.While some parents may think that the focus of Drama is on acting, the focus is actually aimed at teaching children to speak properly and being able to express themselves, using Drama as the tool. More importantly, it nurtures and develops confidence, which has a very useful place when it comes to being brave enough to ask questions in class which naturally aids the learning process.
Improving reading ability and instilling a love and appreciation for literature and the arts. Whether a child is standing on a stage delivering a famous monologue, or merely tasked with reading a passage out loud from a book, they will be developing solid language skills by hearing the language in its spoken form on a more regular basis.
Social skills – having the courage to step outside of the box.Adults are judged on how they express themselves and their style of speech every day. In instances, puppets can be used to alleviate this initial fear until their confidence grows.Their new found self-esteem also allows them to overcome shyness and be more assertive and adaptive when it comes to making friends and understanding people. Speech and Drama is thus a fun way to build an awareness of social skills.
Imaginative, creative and expressive play.Through drama, children are encouraged to inhabit a world different to the one in which they live. Outside of a scripted play, their imagination grows as they learn to portray or dramatize various given scenes or scenarios.
Speech and Drama is a lot more than just remembering words or actions. The memorization tricks children will teach themselves through the way they learn to multitask on the stage will have a huge impact on the way they study, work or organize their mind as they mature.