Drama lessons can be one of the best ways to help children grow in confidence and also to learn more about literature than is possible by sitting in a classroom. A child’s personal development is hinged on their access to enriching activities as this independent school in London believes.
Drama is a great way to begin learning about classical literature. Shakespeare has a way of leaping off the page when a child is shown the power of the language by a skilled drama teacher.
For smaller children drama lessons do not differ much from their natural, spontaneous playtimes. All little children love play-acting and pretend games so from the age of around 4 years old, children will readily join in drama lessons with a complete lack of self-consciousness.
Drama lessons are about teamwork
Often in a drama lesson, the teacher will engage the children in team-building exercises or games. These can be hilarious and enormous fun for participants. There is usually an ‘ice breaker’ at the start of a lesson. This is to help the children to focus and shake off any residual shyness.
These games may include fun but pressure-free activities such as keeping a ball in the air between the whole group or shouting out silly words. Then things will progress so that the children are working in smaller groups together to come up with miniature performances.
For shyer children, these can be challenging exercises, but the good thing is that they are often supported and carried along by their more confident team members so that eventually, they’ll feel part of things.
Developing public speaking skills
For voice projection, posture and general confidence you really cannot beat a regular drama lesson.
Children learn how their posture affects their voice and they learn how to use their voice to communicate clearly and effectively. These skills are valuable for life and as children grow, they will usually keep what they have learned and put it to use long after they stop classes.
Whether your child has shown an interest in drama or not, it’s a good idea to ensure that they have the chance to participate. Some children don’t even realise that they are talented until they give it a try. Drama clubs are a great way for children to expand their friendships outside of school too. Some local groups are subsidised, and children can join in for a very low cost.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.