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Arts is a beautiful thing. We have different kinds of art like music, painting, sculpture, dance, and drama. They all give us a different kind of beauty that can be appreciated by different kinds of people. Schools nowadays incorporate arts in learning which is a great thing. However, not all curriculum are made the same, Julia Gabriel education system provides specially designed programmes to equip the children with the necessary speech and drama skills. In this article we are going to focus on how drama can benefit and help with the learning of our children.

In an article by JENNIFER COOPER we are going to read all about integrating music, drama, and dance to learning.

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Integrating Music, Drama, and Dance Helps Children Explore and Learn

It’s a simple question, but when a teacher, taking the role of a zookeeper, poses it to a group of children, learning happens. The scenario opens the door to creativity and free play. It introduces the concepts of animal needs and animal habitats. It sparks exploration of STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), setting young children up for a lifetime as learners, problem solvers, and artists.

Integrating the arts

The teacher-in-the-role-of-a-zookeeper/monkeys-on-the-loose example represents one way teachers can integrate arts into curriculum to help young children explore and learn. Through the teacher-in-role approach, children learn by engaging in dramatic, active play. With this technique, the teacher brings the lesson to life and asks rich, open-ended questions that encourage children to apply critical thinking skills to activities that touch on all the STEAM fields. Read more here.

One strategy is introduced in the article and it is the teacher-in-role strategy which challenges children to use creativity and critical thinking through dramatic play. This strategy is used to help children solve a problem, to ask questions to guide children’s exploration, and to create a safe environment. Next up, StageWise will give us 11 more benefits of drama.

11 Important Benefits of Drama

StageWise – The Performing Arts Camp for Teenagers – Personal DevelopmentThere is a lot of established research about the positive influences from drama, theatre and the performing arts, especially on young people. The benefits are physical, emotional, social, and they help to develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts.

Self-Confidence

Aspects of performing arts, especially improvisation, helps young people to understand how to appraise situations, think outside the box and be more confident going into unfamiliar situations. Students learn to  trust their ideas and abilities. Confidence gained from learning performing arts skills applies to school, career, and life.

Imagination

Being creative and learning to make creative choices helps students to be better at thinking of new ideas,  allowing them to view the world around them in new ways. Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Read more here.

One of the benefits given above is physical fitness. Since your children would be moving around and doing a lot of actions, then it would also be a kind of exercise for them. Instead of just sitting all day in class which would make them bored, drama classes would let them enjoy. For more benefits of drama classes for children, let us read We Have Kidsarticle below.

The Benefits of Drama Classes for Children

When you consider drama clubs and classes for children, what conclusions do you draw? Do you think of a room full of confident, extrovert young people with ruthless ambitions for Hollywood or television? Has your own child expressed an interest in the peforming arts and been badgering to go? Have you spotted what you think might be a hidden talent, and can’t bear to see it wasted – or do you have a realistic feeling that your child is probably not destined for stardom, but you are wondering whether drama club just might be beneficial in other ways?

What Types of Children Go To Drama Classes?

In short, all sorts. My child has attended a drama club for the past five years, and I would say that in general, the class is filled with all different types of children. Most, I would say, are there for the enjoyment, rather than any lofty dreams or ambitions. At the club my child attends, the emphasis is certainly on learning drama through fun. There is no pressure, the environment is informal and the teaching both positive and inspiring.  Of course, all drama clubs and schools are different – some are more structured than others – but I can certainly say that my experience of my own child’s drama class is that the children are not competitive but quite the opposite.  They are all having fun through drama and self-expression. Read more here.

As said earlier, drama classes can help your children to be comfortable of being part of a group. This could really be helpful because as they grow up, they would be encountering different kinds of people and being part of a drama class as a child could help them adjust. Remember that in school or at work, we don’t always get to choose who we’re going to work with. That is why as early as possible, let us let drama help us be good of being part of a group.

Childhood is an age where the kids are expected to be active the most. It is obvious that when your child is less active than the other kids their age, you will be concerned as a parent. It is important to know how to encourage your child to participate in activities and help them overcome whatever it is that is bothering them. If nothing seems to help, you should consider seeing a doctor, since recent studies have shown that, one in five youngsters suffer from mental illness like depression. They can also be enrolled in an international preschool Singapore where there will be lot of activities they can be part of.

At ISS Preschool, there is a focus on learning from the children’s surroundings and developing relationships through structured play. Through this, children will develop creativity and confidence to express themselves. For more information, you should check out their website.

It is important to create a bond with your child so that your child opens up to you. While your child is opening up to you, you can get to know what is it that is bothering them and holding them back from being active participants. It could be because they don’t like whatever it is they are not doing or it may be out of fear.

If you sit around all weekend being lazy, it is only natural if your child doesn’t seem enthusiastic enough. Being a parent you play an important role in your child’s life and it is possible you are the role model of your child. So, it is important to set a good example for your child by either working out, going for yoga or anything that interests you.

Some kids tend to show interest in something if they have company. Find out what his friends do and try to enrol him/her in that. This could encourage your child to participate actively. If your kid has an elder sibling, you could also ask your elder one to give your younger kid company in doing something thereby motivating him/her.

If you finally get your child to join some activity, make sure you don’t make their schedule hectic all of a sudden and tire them out. Start slowly, give them time to pick up and develop interest. It is not necessary for every child to find interest in art, music or dance. Find their interest and come up something just for them.

You could also be an active participant in whichever activity you think your child is interested in. If you have a busy schedule and can’t be a part, then arrange play dates for your child. Bring them to develop a strong friendship with their pals. This might encourage your kid to participate in activities in future.

When you see your child participate in something, appreciate them to continue doing so and explain the benefits of
participation to them.

English is a global language and its significance cannot be denied. Being a parent, you have to make sure that your child learns the language that can open endless opportunities for them in the future and if your child is not aware of English language, there are chances that your child may not be able to compete in the highly competitive job market in the future.

In Singapore, there are many different English enrichment centres. However, you have to choose the one that offers maximum benefit to your child. Following are some things that you need to consider in an enrichment centre in Singapore in order to make sure that you are giving the right direction to your child.

Established and Trusted

As mentioned earlier, there are many different English enrichment centres in Singapore but not all of them are trusted and established enough. You have to choose the one that is trusted by most of the heads of English Language departments and have been serving for quite a long time. These are the institutes that can ignite the love for English in children.

Qualified Educators

There should be no compromise on the professional backgrounds of the teachers at the centre. You should ascertain the qualifications of the teachers at the English enrichment centre to make sure that your child learns English the right way.

Student to Teacher Ratio

In an enrichment centre, there are many kids learning at the same time at the same place. You should make a visit to the centre to get a glimpse of the student to teacher ratio. The lowest the ratio, the more personalised the instruction. There should be small classes with a maximum of 10 students in each class so that the teacher could pay attention to all the students equally. It will also allow your child to ask questions without any hesitation.

Comprehensive Curriculum

You should know if the programmes being taught in the English enrichment centre are aligned with the syllabus prescribed by the authorities. MOEs syllabus is very comprehensive and is quite common among local kindergartens and even primary schools. You should make sure that the curriculum is up to date and it is taught in an interactive way so that your child learns it the right way by taking a deep interest in the language.

Fun Activities

You are not sending your child to an English enrichment centre to punish them or make their life miserable but to make them learn a language that is going to benefit them when they grow up. You should know that there are certain fun activities available that are aligned with the curriculum. This will not make your child get bored of the learning process but they will actually enjoy it.

Focused Approach

The teaching approach of the teachers should be focused and dedicated. They should be welcoming to all the questions and help the child on an individual level to make sure that there is no ambiguity left in the childs concepts of the language. Step by step teaching should be the main concern of the teachers and that will make the child learn quickly and improve their language skills as well.

These are some things that you should know in order to choose the right English enrichment centre . Other than these, the premises should be clean and with a friendly environment.

Learning takes a very big place at a young age for children and it is important that we incorporate a lot of useful ideas and concepts to them. As children, it would be difficult to do formal lessons as it is their nature to have a short span of attention and it would be difficult to have them to focus only at the lessons. One of the best things a parent could do is to let your child join a playgroup. If we are to this, we would let the child enjoy while learning different things and it would be beneficial for both parents and the child.

In an article by Meredith, we will be discovering about easy fun toddler playgroup ideas that we can follow.

Easy Fun Toddler Playgroup Ideas

One of the best surprises of creating my own business, Homegrown Studio, is the joy that my Toddler Time Class brings to me. It shouldn’t be a surprise to me as I adore the toddler age. Each day brings a new discovery and genuine sense of joy. I’ve combined my experience as a classroom teacher and a mom of three energetic, social kids to share my secrets for Easy Fun Toddler Playgroup Ideas. Whether you are inspired to start your own business or you are a parent or caregiver that needs a little confidence boost to invite people over for a morning of fun this is the post for you. Read more here J

Those are really exciting! We let the children learn without taking out the fun that they need and want. These playgroup ideas could actually be done even at home and it would also be fun to do it with the whole family. On the other hand, during playgroups outside of home, some problems cannot be really avoided. When you bring a child to a kids playgroup for the first time, there is a huge tendency that your child would feel hesitant to join the group which he/she is unfamiliar with.

Regarding that matter, Zero to Three will tell us what to do when our child clings to us during playgroups. Let us read the article below.

What Do I Do? My Child Clings to Me at Playgroups

Q: I took my 14-month-old to a new playgroup last week. All the other children were running around and exploring happily. My son clung to me for dear life. I want to keep attending the group. What do I do?

A: Children approach, take in, and react to the world around them in different ways. We call this their temperament. One aspect of temperament has to do with how a child approaches and reacts to new situations. For example, there are the very flexible children, the “roll with it” types, who eagerly approach new situations as if to say, I’m here. Bring it on! On the other end of the spectrum are children who are cautious and fearful of new situations and need time and support to adjust. These children also tend to get overwhelmed when faced with lots of noise and activity, and often prefer quiet play with just one or two familiar people. Most children fall somewhere in between these two ends of the continuum. One temperament is not better than another—just different. The job for parents is to take the time to understand who their unique child is, and to encourage his strengths while supporting him in areas where he needs help. Read more here J

Great! We are now aware of what we should do when circumstances like those happens. Now, let us try to see some problems we might encounter if we are to do playgroups at home. If we are parents who are working all day outside or doing all of the chores at home, it can’t be denied that at the end of the day, we already feel exhausted and just want to take a sit and rest. Sometimes, what even makes us exhausted is the play you child demands for the whole day, but we already have a remedy for that!

Pinky Mckay , in her article, will share to us eight games to play with your toddler when you already feel tired and don’t want to play anymore.

8 Games to Play with Your Toddler When You Don’t Want To Play Any More

It’s been a long day: you’ve been Spiderman and a princess and the mum and the dad and a pirate, you’ve done puzzles and coloured in and made a hungry caterpillar with egg cartons. Now you just want a quiet cuppa, uninterrupted.

The good news is that you don’t have to be an all dancing, all singing entertainer every moment of the day. Your child is blessed with a wonderful imagination: he will survive without you being his best playmate, at least long enough for you to have that quiet cuppa. But try telling that to a bright, active child who is home alone with you!

If you’re all played out but your child isn’t, and you don’t want to resort to TV, it’s okay to cheat. If you are feeling desperately in need of some time out, try these: Read more here J

Problem solved! We can still let our children have their playtime even after a long and tiring day. Play doesn’t always have to be that physical because play could also be associated with activities like drawing, painting, storytelling, and others. It is always nice to let our children experience various activities, but it will be much funnier if we do it with them. Problems and challenges will always be there, but as parents we should be patient enough to deal with it because after all, it will be for our children’s fun and learning.

Sending kids to enrichment classes is slowly gaining a lot of popularity in the recent times. Initially this was a concept that was popular in some countries. But it has received a global welcome thanks to the benefits that are associated with it. Toddlers and preschoolers are said to benefit the most when sent to enrichment classes.

What are enrichment classes?

Besides academic, there are certain skills that kids of every age should acquire. These would be those skills that can complement and make better their academic knowledge. These classes would act as platforms to find out the latent talents in each kid. The enrichment program is often age specific and is designed to suit kids of that age group. No matter what the childs talent is he would be able to find a lot of advantages by attending enrichment classes.

Benefits of enrichment classes for toddlers

1.Challenging atmosphere to help them grow:

Depending on the childs age and talents there might be different things that appear challenging for the kid. Children learn better when they are given a healthy challenge. By allowing the kid to think beyond the limits, they start exploring the different options and they get to understand what they really like. The toddlers and preschoolers are fast learners. So, this would be an ideal age to understand what they are good at and offer them interesting challenges.

2.A better exposure:

The more exposure a child gets in his early years, the better is his overall growth and development. Enrichment classes offer them a different kind of experience that would be nothing like that at home or at school. Different experiences leave different impacts on children and each of them can teach a child something different. All the skills acquired through all these experiences would be useful all their life.

3.A stress buster:

Unlike the common perception children get stressed too, and easily. The daily routines might sometimes cause stress in children unless they are given an opportunity to let the air out and do what they love the most. Enrichment classes have acted as wonderful stress busters for toddlers. These help channel all their energy in a focused positive direction. When the mind is simulated they are happy to be engaged and they grow and learn faster as well.

Kids also get to meet new friends and work on their social skills and learn to interact better when they are sent to enrichment classes. Though they do come with a lot of benefits there are certain things to keep in mind while choosing an enrichment class:

There are some schools that offer a flexible curriculum for younger kids and preschoolers. And enrichment classes might be part of this academic curriculum. If sufficient time is allotted for these classes every day this would be a good option. But if such classes are held rarely, opting for a separate enrichment program would be effective.

Look for those that offer a holistic approach for the overall development rather than focusing merely on a handful of skills.

Toddlers get cranky not just when they are bored but also when they are over simulated. So the timings of the playschool and the enrichment classes would be important. Something that keeps them packed all day might not be a good choice in their toddlerhood. They also require a good amount of time to be spent at home with the family. So keeping the enrichment class timings balanced would be a good start.

Choose those that offer fun ways of learning. These would keep the kids engaged and would help them fall in love with learning

One recommended school in singapore to send your children is Chengzhu, more information can be found on their website at http://www.chengzhu.edu.sg

A student does not stop learning once class is over. Since most of the time a child spends is outside the four walls of the classroom particpating in enrichment classes for kids , dynamic learning is possible outside as well. Childhood education through out-of-school experiences is important. Let us look at how both help in developing the dynamism in the minds of kids.

Mathematics

Without knowledge of numbers, one can get lost anywhere. The need to know money management at an early age is necessary. Using this as a basis, in everyday life, once classes are over, is relevant. When a child gets his pocket money, he has to spend it, and if he is not aware of how to add or subtract the amount, he may lose out. Hence the necessity to balance formal learning with an informal method – both work in tandem.

Speaking and Reading

Understanding the content of the nursery rhyme makes kids really feel chuffed. They get to improve this skill set outside the classroom, in the strangest of places. It could be at home, in a restaurant or while playing Pictionary. As they speak, they are able to decipher the words in the game or the menu and identify what they learned back at school. For this reason, one can say reading and speaking pretty much go hand-in-hand, inside and outside the school.

Life Skills

During the school day, children do not fall back because of socioeconomic backgrounds. During the holidays, however, kids feel the heat when they are not able to visit places of importance like art galleries, theatre, museums that are an education in themselves. The holistic approach is to ensure that during the school year, every child gets to experience life away from books. As they venture out with their teachers for an outdoors learning program, they are opened to other aspects of learning.

Science

Informal learning at the children enrichment class in Singapore http://www.chengzhu.edu.sg/ empowers kids to learn the finer points in the realm of science. The idea is to get them to learn the formal curriculum and embrace what nature has to offer. In doing so, they are awakened to the fact about the growth of a butterfly, frogs and the varieties of flora around the environment. Since the idea is to get a child to be creative with his way of learning and thinking, this enables him to be scientifically inclined without pushing the envelope.

Therefore, the big picture tells us that both the formal and the informal methods of learning and teaching work in tandem with each other for the welfare of the child.