The positive impacts that drama classes can have on any child’s development are often larger than most parents expect. In most cases, a real appreciation for the benefits don’t usually occur until after the parents see it for themselves.
When selecting extra-curricular activities for a child, a large portion of parents are limited by money and time and are therefore faced with the decision of selecting only one to two activities each year. These decisions need careful consideration to ensure a child not only gets the opportunity to do what they enjoy but also get to experience activities that will help broaden their knowledge and skills in areas that will help them in the future.
It is not uncommon for parents to think drama classes are a chance for extroverted children to perform on stage in costume in hope that one day they will become an actor or actress. Although they are appropriate for creative children, this general thought is misguided as it misses the mark on what drama is really about and what sort of children can benefits from participating in classes. This view often leads parent’s to ignore drama classes altogether as an option for their child. As a result, parents can end up selecting a different activity for their child such as a musical instrument, singing or dancing.
Great drama classes offer a variety of drama based and speaking Dramacool based activities. Classes are fun and can help a child strengthen communication skills, boost confidence in public speaking, speak more persuasively, increase ability to adapt and improvise, build self esteem, overcome shyness, learn leadership skills, build awareness of social skills, become more assertive, understand people and make friends.
In everyday life adults are judged on their style of speech and how they express themselves. Drama classes are an ideal way for kids to learn and develop these skills.
It is worth considering some of the following points when you are choosing a drama class for your child:
– Does the club look to be fun? This is the most important thing of all, when a child has fun in their classes, the learning outcomes are often much greater.
– Check that the teachers are experienced, qualified and skilled in the areas of speaking and drama.