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Drama is Open!

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!”

Felicity Greene

Teacher, Sky Class

Felicity Greene joined staff in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a minor in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies. During her student teaching placement, Ms. Greene immediately felt at home in the classroom and is delighted to now be working at Mustard Seed among such a supportive and stimulating staff.

Excited to work at a school where she is free to incorporate her faith, Ms. Greene facilitates expression and exploration of faith with her students in the Sky class. She’s passionate about the role of literature in a child’s development and interested in development in general. She’s grateful to work at a school that pays such close attention to developmental markers in children, as she views developmental awareness to be a vital tool in teaching and caring for each child.

Ms. Greene is also delighted to be back in New Jersey where she grew up, able to be close to her childhood church community and family, especially now that she is newly an aunt. Along with her love of teaching, Ms. Green is passionate about baking as well as ice skating, in which she has competed in both individual and team competitions for more than twelve years. In addition to competing, Felicity also enjoyed coaching both children and adults with the Special Olympics Figure Skating Program in West Orange, New Jersey for several years.

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