Irish playwright Oscar Wilde once said that ‘the stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life’ and we agree wholeheartedly. We all know the great advantages of stage performances in your child’s learning development in school. It has the power to flourish creativity, expand the imagination, and instil self-confidence. The benefits that your child can learn from drama lessons are aplenty and here are some of them.
1. Develops academic achievement
Who knew that the combination of drama, music, and dance can increase your child’s proficiency in school? Pushing their creative boundaries on stage has the ability to boost creative thinking, linguistic skills, and problem-solving ability, which supports your child’s reading, writing, and problem-solving in school.
2. Increases self-confidence
A lot of motivation is needed for your stage-shy child to step into the spotlight. Here is where drama lessons come into play. Weekly drama practices in school will help your child to overcome stage fright and nervousness. Furthermore, performing with their classmates or like-minded peers also make the stage feels like home.
3. Broadens creative self-expression
It is fair to say that performing arts is a form of self-expression. Whether it’s a dance recital, theatre performance, or an action-packed musical, being on stage motivates your child to tap into their personal artistic expression. Additionally, role playing is also a creative method to explore new ideas and inspirations.
4. Improves social interaction
A large number of drama performances are performed in groups. Aside from creating a comfortable environment, it is also the best opportunity for your child to mix and mingle with their friends. Social interaction will be on all time high and more so when they act on similar scenes and practice their scripts together. Aside from that, the social setting will teach your child to become better communicator and listener.
5. Expands cognitive abilities
Your child’s cognitive ability revolves around the development of their memory, focus, and critical thinking. Pursuing drama lessons allow them to improve these segments of their cognitive abilities, and ultimately supports the development of your child’s critical and creative thinking.
Empowering learners to reinforce their learning development through drama lessons is a virtue that Nexus International School strongly believes in. In the past, learners from all levels were given the opportunity to showcase their talents through various plays and performances. Fugee, Ash Girl, East Side Stories, and Shakespeare Rocks remain everyone’s memorable favourites.
This year, Nexus learners upped the ante with a drama adaptation of the 1950s novel, Lord of the Flies by award-winning author William Golding. Laced with excitement and intense plot twists, the learners took on various roles as the young children who were stranded on a deserted island after surviving a plane crash.
There are many benefits to reap when your child participates in drama lessons in school. From developing academic achievement and increasing self-confidence to developing creative self-expression and improving social interaction, the experience will be rewarding one when the world is their stage.
This article titled ‘5 Ways Drama Lessons Can Benefit Your Child’ was published on Learning as You Parent by Nexus International School in May 2017. Kindly refer to this link to view from its original publication.