Early childhood is a time of discovery and exploration. Through observing the environment, understanding their surroundings, and engaging with peers, young children learn about the world around them. A robust performing arts curriculum like that offered by MindChamps Performing Arts International Preschool, can serve to complement your child’s learning. Our holistic curriculum is deeply rooted in the four performing arts disciplines – drama, music, singing and dance – and is specifically designed for children aged 18 months to 6 years to develop critical literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional skills. Read on to find out how your child can benefit from performing arts in early childhood education.
1. Develops social and emotional skills
Roleplaying allows children to take on the role of someone else for a short period of time, which can be effective for them to express and cope with their emotions – especially if they have trouble doing so independently. Through taking on the role of another character, children can experience, express, and embrace certain emotions that they may not be comfortable with when they’re around others.
Pretend play encourages empathy in children. When performing the part of someone else and articulating the character’s thoughts and feelings, children learn to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and understand what the other person feels and experiences.
2. Builds literacy and numeracy skills
Through roleplaying, children will master self-expression and comprehension skills that are critical for literacy development. These skills will come in handy as they learn to read and write in their early years. Reading scripts and learning new songs also allow them to pick up new words and phrases, thus enhancing their vocabulary skills.
Additionally, music and singing allow children to hone their numeracy skills. For example, they can develop their number sense through counting beats and rhythms in music.
3. Fosters creativity and critical thinking
When children participate in the performing arts, they will be prepared to expect uncertainties and learn to think on their feet. When someone forgets their line or makes a mistake during a music or dance performance, other children will learn to improvise and keep the show going. Being able to keep calm and carry on during adversities is an important skill that can be applied throughout your child’s life. More importantly, your child will understand that making mistakes is part and parcel of life and not something to fear; with this mindset of 100% Respect, Zero Fear, your child will have the confidence to take on new challenges and be more likely to find success in future endeavours.
4. Encourages teamwork and collaboration
Whether it is a play, music, or dance performance, it is vital that every individual participates and work together seamlessly to put up a successful show. Beyond the performing arts, teamwork and collaboration are essential skills that will help your child succeed in school and beyond.
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