Your school aged child can read and write well. This is, of course, very important, but how well does your child communicate orally? Are they a confident, clear speaker?
Chances are, at school, your child spends most of the day focused on writing, reading and other skills, without much time on oratory ones. If you look at your own life, you will notice most of your interactions with other people require you to speak and listen well. Good oral communicators find it easier to make friends and will find it easier to find and hold good jobs.
In learning drama, your child is learning a wide range of ways to communicate well. Here are some benefits of being in drama, beyond projecting the voice and speaking words clearly:
Your child learns about subtle cues that speak louder than words. Like understanding that someone is angry, even when they say they are not. All because their lips are tightened in a line, arms are folded across the chest.
Drama kids learn to empathize. Acting allows, if only briefly, for the actor to experience how someone else thinks and feels.
Your child learns how to act, obviously. Wait -who but actors need to act? Everyone. We do it every single day. We put on a smile for the checkout lady when we really feel horrible. We go to a job interview, terribly nervous and yet hide our nerves. Acting is an inescapable part of life.
Drama promotes your child’s imagination- one of life’s essential ingredients. Imagination gives life excitement it keeps things interesting. Even top scientists need imaginations. To find a cure for cancer the scientist must first be able to imagine a cure.
So, by encouraging drama, you are giving your child wonderful personal benefits that will stay with them long into adulthood.