Why you should Encourage your Child to Learn Theatre
As children, we always looked up to kids who did performing arts in school. Their influential leadership skills, bang-on communication and ability to “have it all” together is the result of persistent effort, hard work and patience they learn from performing.
Theatre represents creativity and freedom of expression. It is so much more than going up on a stage and speaking. Thus, theatre is an essential activity for children to learn more about themselves and their surroundings.
Here are some key benefits of introducing theatre to your kids :
TEACHES YOU TO MANAGE TIME EFFECTIVELY
Theatre teaches your kid the most important lesson of their life: time management. Your child not only learns how to make use of time productivity but also how to prioritise studying and hobbies according to the need. Preparation for performances, arranging for lights and costumes, attending rehearsals etc. requires effective communication and collaboration.
Studies have shown that children who do performing arts have better communication and leadership skills as adults. Good communication helps in improving vocabulary and paves way for higher scholastic achievement. Your child will be able to concentrate better and be motivated to learn.
PROMOTES DIVERGENT THINKING
Drama is an imaginative form of art. It diversifies your child’s ability to think and comprehend things. Your child will be able to come up with original and inventive ideas that help them to be successful as adults. It will give them a deeper understanding of everything. A study says that top business leaders all over the world have learned performing arts as a child. The creative thinking and problem-solving skills that they learned from theatre have made them one of the most influential people in their respective industries.
IMPROVES MENTAL HEALTH
Drama imparts the most valuable lessons one can ever learn. It teaches your child to form a deeper connection with themselves and their surroundings. Children can identify with different characters and see things from multiple perspectives. They can think and feel emotions that they may not have experienced. Your child learns kindness and empathy both of which are important for humankind. Studies have shown that people who engage in theatrical activities are likely to have better mental health. They can understand their emotions better which helps in battling feelings of isolation and alienation.
TEACHES ABOUT GLOBAL CULTURE AND ART
Performing arts has been an integral part of cultures all over the world. From Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to “Shakuntala” by Kalidasa, global history is enriched with meaningful plays. Drama educates your child about the unity and diversity of cultures. Your child will learn about historical events, social stigmas and struggles in society and knowledge about literature. They may also gain interest in other art forms like music and dance. Musicals like “The Black Crook” date back to the 1800s.
It may not be possible for you to send your child to a theatre class during the pandemic. However, given below are some fun activities that you can do with your child to realise the benefits of theatre at home!
- Write some common phrases on a piece of paper and tell your child to enact them in different tones like anger, sadness and happiness.
- Give your child a single word and make them create an on-the-spot story and enact it.
- All the family members take up a role from a play and act it out.
Theatre aims to holistically improve your child’s life. It not only teaches your kid effective communication and teamwork and builds self-esteem but also the application of it in all aspects of life.