If you’re considering speech and drama lessons for your child or teen, what images do you imagine?
Do you conjure up a classroom full of outgoing, confident kids with their sights set on Hollywood or Shortland Street? Has your child/teen shown an interest in the peforming arts and been pestering you to do some classes?
Have you noticed what you suspect could be a glimmer of creative talent or passion, and don’t want to miss the opportunity to nurture it? Or perhaps you’ve heard of speech and drama lessons and are simply curious about whether they might be beneficial for your child/teen?
If any of the above situations resonate with you, then our “Top 7 benefits of speech and drama lessons” poster (below) is for you. It summarises in a nutshell, how speech and drama lessons can benefit any child or teen, empowering them with fantastic skills that they can carry through the years and will use in so many scenarios and phases of their lives.
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For those who prefer to read the text of the poster without any of the pretty pictures around it to distract you, we’ve re-written the text for you below.
The top 7 benefits of speech and drama lessons
1) Increase self-confidence
Head Held High teachers create safe environments for students to express themselves without feeling judged. This boosts confidence and frees students to push their boundaries gently, think outside the box, try new skills and engage actively with their peers.
2) Spark creativity
By nature, speech and drama activities spark imagination in students and inspire creative problem solving. Teachers demonstrate how to look at situations from all points of view. How important is this? Well, Einstein himself felt that creativity is even more important than knowledge!
3) Develop interpersonal skills
Interpersonal skills include verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening, teamwork and conflict resolution skills. Head Held High speech and drama lessons encourage the process of discussion, brainstorming, making choices and negotiating. Good interpersonal skills are among the greatest assets children can develop to effectively communicate with people from all walks of life.
4) Grow to love public speaking
Public speaking is simultaneously one of the most important and also most loathed forms of communication! Its power cannot be overestimated; to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change. Do you wish you were a more confident public speaker yourself? We plant the seeds in children so they can become just that.
5) Use positive body language
Children socialise better if they can read body language well. reading body language and associated emotions is the first step to showing comfort and empathy to others. Likewise, being aware of the messages one’s own body sends is a powerful way of communicating with others. Speech and drama lessons provide trusting environments to learn and practice positive body language.
6) Practice empathy and respect
Carefully taught role-play and communication activities hone students’ ability to develop empathy and tolerance. Skillful teachers stimulate students to develop a deeper understanding of other people they encounter when in their daily lives.
7) Use good manners
Good manners are a dying art form. However parents, don’t despair! Realise instead, nowadays children with good manners stand out from the pack. Good manners are the bedrock of so many relationships in life. They ‘open doors’, and are also just simply pleasant to be around! That’s why we build opportunities to practice good manners into ALL our speech and drama lessons, and consistently encourage good manners in our students.