Published By: Showli Chakraborty

Having trouble building your child’s confidence? Try drama classes

There are longstanding benefits of exposing the child to the stage and a live audience at an early age.

A lot of children around the world have trouble communicating what they feel. As parents, especially working parents, it can be particularly exasperating. One of the ways young parents can work around this issue is to guide the child to find it within herself. And, one of the best ways to do this is to enrol him for drama classes meant for kids of all ages.

Builds self-esteem

Only if a child has a reasonable amount of self-esteem will he/she be able to perform on stage. With proper training and weekly rehearsals, you will soon see him grow simultaneously in self-esteem and confidence.

Helps concentration

Children are encouraged to listen to each other’s ideas and take turns. Such activities increase their levels of concentration in leaps and bounds.

Helps develop language and communication skills

Learning new songs, playing new games and participating in pretend play (when children must take on the language of the role they are playing), all contribute to a child's developing vocabulary. They are encouraged to express themselves both verbally and through facial expression and body language; the key to making them better communicators.

Encourages children to cooperate

Every activity from playing drama games to improvisation to singing together, requires cooperation. Children quickly realise that to get the best out of sessions, cooperation is a much-needed skill!

Supports numeracy skills

Counting the number of beats in a song, counting the number of stars on a camping trip or working out how many eggs to put in a cake are just a few examples of how being involved in a drama can help to develop essential numeracy skills.

Develops emotional intelligence

By encouraging children to act out a range of emotions in a safe and supportive environment, kids are better able to understand their feelings and develop empathy for others.

Develops creativity

Creative people can view things in new ways and from different perspectives. They can think on their feet and generate new ideas. The child-led approach to improvisation and pretend-play encourages the development of creativity as children lead the direction of the drama themselves, come up with solutions to problems in the role, and respond imaginatively to a range of pretend situations.

Nurtures friendships

By its very nature drama can create strong bonds between children as they laugh, learn and grow together week after week after week!