June 2, 2021 | Felicity Greene
Drama is open in the studio and the children are thrilled to start telling stories!
Hearing the story before learning roles.
Building the set.
There are so many benefits to drama education for young children. Drama not only builds confidence and social-emotional skills such as empathy, but it also helps to improve concentration, develops creativity, and encourages teamwork and collaboration.
Children expand on all of these skills and more while telling a story. They take turns playing different roles, modulate their voices to represent the emotions of characters, and memorize words that the characters say. There are so many things happening at once when children participate in telling a story, and it is all done with a smile because drama is so much fun!
This week, the children started by telling the story A Lost Button from the Frog and Toad Storybook. In this story, Toad goes on the hunt for a missing button with the help of his friend Frog. The two search all over for Toad’s lost button finding many other kinds of buttons, but not the one Toad is looking for.
“The whole world is covered in buttons and not one of them is mine!”
After searching a field, the woods, through the trees, and by the river, Toad gives up and returns home only to find the button that he was missing! He wants to thank Frog for all of his help and makes a jacket covered with all of the other buttons that the pair found together.
“At the end of a performance, you have to bow or curtsy!”