Before a child turns 18 their brain goes through many different stages of development, it is important in these years to educate and have as many positive life experiences as possible to reinforce skills and create good habits. Theatre is a way for a child to learn creativity, teamwork, cooperation, problem solving, interpersonal skills, public speaking, goal setting, and confidence. That is actually just to name a few, the list of skills that can be acquired from attending theatre school goes on and on.
Just as math is important for brain wiring when we are young, the ability to be creative and problem solve helps reinforce these skills as well. During a drama game where children are put into groups, challenged to be the leader or a team member and come up with a humorous presentation in a short amount of time uses skills such as; critical thinking, mixed with time management as well as teamwork all happens at once.
When a scene requires dancing and all the students get on their feet to participate, there is physical activity happening that doesn’t even feel like physical activity. With dance or learning lines the importance of practising, repetition and commitment are all easily learnt. Having to then get up in front of an audience and perform these skills helps to ease a child’s fear of public speaking and helps to improve their self confidence. Also learning to practise something and put on a performance helps re-enforce the concept of goal setting, work towards something you want by working hard (learning/practising) then achieve your goal of the end product (the performance).
With the looming reality that the arts are slowly being removed from the school curriculum parents must find other ways to include the arts in their child’s youth education. An after-school drama program or summer camp is a great way to do just that!
Children’s Art Theatre School (CATS) does everything above and so much more. Voted Best Theatre School in Toronto 10 years in a row. CATS offers multi locations across the GTA for location convenience and their Summer Camp program includes; two-week theatre camps for ages 4-13 with a semi-professional show at the end of the session and healthy snacks daily. Both half-day and full day camps are available.
Check out www.catsdrama.com or call 416 538-2121 for more information and to register TODAY!
For Additional Reading on the importance of Theatre and the Arts in your child’s life check out:
The Toronto Star:
A study from the University of Windsor: