Preschool speech + drama.

At Pre-school level our programme teaches young students the foundation skills and techniques required for effective communication. Children are encouraged and motivated to develop inquiry-based learning as independence is nurtured in a fun and friendly environment created by our teachers. Get your child involved in a Pre-School Speech + Drama class today!  Watch their confidence grow and communication potential grow. Expose them in a language rich programme that will have them thriving at school. If you need more information about our classes, you can get in touch with one of our specialist Speech + Drama teachers. 

We have preschool classes in...

Oamaru. Timaru. Ashburton. Christchurch.

The benefits.

Dramatic play is s a type of play where children assign and accept roles and act them out. It’s pretending to be someone or something else. We agree with the experts, that dramatic play and the communication opportunities the go with it, is an integral part of a well rounded preschool program and early childhood development. Here are just a few of the many incredible benefits of children engaging in dramatic play.

Self regualtion.

Pre-schoolers are known for acting with impulse, so dramatic play is a great stepping stone for learning to self-regulate their emotions and actions. Interestingly, when children assign and accept roles in dramatic play they are motivated to stick to them, thinking of them as rules to follow. Their own rules. This helps them develop the ability to coordinate and plan with others as well as control their impulses.

Language development.

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..

Conflict resolution.

Pre-schoolers are known for acting with impulse, so dramatic play is a great stepping stone for learning to self-regulate their emotions and actions. Interestingly, when children assign and accept roles in dramatic play they are motivated to stick to them, thinking of them as rules to follow. Their own rules. This helps them develop the ability to coordinate and plan with others as well as control their impulses.

Interpersonal skills.

Interpersonal skills include verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening, positive teamwork and conflict resolution skills. Drama develops the creative ideas and abilities of children through the collaborative process of discussion, brainstorming, making choices, negotiating and rehearsing. Drama games and improvisation activities allow children to express a range of emotions in a controlled environment.

Empathy.

Children are encouraged to look at the world in new and different ways. through dram children act out different characters and roles which allows them to relate better to different situations, different people and different feelings.  Children learn to understand different perspectives and the ability to be in ‘someone else’s shoes’. Acting out a range of emotions gives children the opportunity to better understand their own emotions and develop empathy towards others.

Confidence.

Creative people can view things in new ways and from different perspectives. They can think on their feet and generate new ideas. Our 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 role, and respond imaginatively to a range of pretend situations.

Speech + drama at your centre.

At GIANT LEAPS we recognize that pre-schools are the center of learning in their communities. We also agree with the experts, that dramatic play is an integral part of a well rounded preschool program and is essential for early childhood development. We will support your pre-school with a Speech + Drama programme tailored to suit. We provide a structured and proven curriculum that will have your preschooler growing in confidence, creativity and communication and preparing them for school readiness and success. GIANT LEAPS will work with your pre-school to offer the very best in Speech + Drama education. We look forward to speaking with you soon.