Skits and dramas are introduced to children way before they’ve begun with their schooling or formal education. The first shoots of this attribute starts to show up through acts and cartoons, plays and fantasies when they imagine themselves as something they’re not. This provides them a chance to explore and invent their own identities in relation to real world scenarios.
Even the children’s plays are often fictional in nature, from making believable characters like doctors, nurses and dentists to pretending to be pilots or astronauts who travel the world. Creating fantasy scenarios for kids like these gives them a heightened sense of being grown up, even before they are old enough to start school which lays the foundation for the skills they’ll need later in life such as leadership, emotional intelligence, communicating effectively with others and socialising with others.
The benefits of learning drama at schools are now being recognized progressively by most institutions all over the world. It is no surprise why the ancient educational systems laid so much stress on drama as an essential form of art.
Besides helping one to nurture skills like negotiations, teamwork, dialogue delivery and socialization, drama is also effective for stimulating imagination and creativity in students. It helps them understand human behaviour and situations in the best way possible. Drama also facilitates instances of critical thinking which further allows them to get better at decision-making. One of the most important benefits of learning theatrics is that it helps children to absorb better morals and the ability to know when to speak what.
Benefits of Learning Drama
The following are the various benefits of learning drama for kids through skits at school.
1. Improves communication skills and soft skills
Drama and theatrics help children learn ways to express themselves in an efficient manner. Observing many actors, we would find that they are some of the most well-spoken, confident and polished people around. This is a skill that drama can instill not only on stage but also in one’s daily life. Right from learning lines for a skit involving other students to putting together and presenting acts, drama reiterates how students learn to communicate far better in real life situations.
It involves using voices and tones, facial expressions, body language and modulations – all of which are crucial when making presentations for a job interview or a pitch meeting. Drama dictates the best way to practise soft skills.
2. Prepares them for real life challenges
Drama and skits promote confidence and creativity in children. Through these activities, children get to rehearse roles and characters, often enacting many real-life situations in a safe environment that they can explore at their own pace. These skills help them to feel empowered and more confident when facing challenges later in life
3. Helps build self-confidence
When children rehearse for a play in the classroom or perform on stage, they end up performing in the presence of numerous people other than their known faces, so the shyest among them grow more comfortable in front of crowds and gain confidence.
4. Nurtures creativity
Creativity rules the realms of drama and theatrics and people who are creative, have a knack of looking at problems and opportunities with a different angle. When these creative minds are confronted with a problem, we’re all aware that they always manage to steer their way out of it. One may consider drama as a crucial life skill. Not just artists, businesspersons and entrepreneurs too have this as a crucial ingredient for innovation and entrepreneurship.
5. Helps improve concentration and time management
Skits and dramas at schools demand skills like coordination, timing and focus from students. When kids are actively involved in theatre and performing arts, they need to hone several skills at one time which facilitates better concentration and are also quite useful on a day-to-day basis. Developing these skills will help your child continue using them when they head off to work when grown!
6. Develops critical thinking and decision-making skills
Participation in dramatic arts and skits helps students to practice critical thinking, problem-solving, as well as decision-making. Studies also show dramatic arts to have a positive impact on behaviour in children.
7. Promotes teamwork
Dramas, just like sports or other group activities are the perfect way of learning teamwork. Students learn to play and work together as part of a team even when it may seem competitive. This helps students feel an affinity with their classmates in a nice way because they learn that everyone is playing an integral part and without one, the show won’t go on!
At MS Dhoni Global School, not only do we encourage our students to participate in skits and dramas but also, we make sure that they learn from the most talented professionals and evolve as their best selves.