How Participation in the Arts Boosts Academic Achievement

how participation in arts

If you’ve ever wondered what benefits your child is getting through Drama Kids International programs, have we got the blog for you!

We pride ourselves on having drama programs for children ages 3–17 that are designed to help with acting skills, public speaking skills, creative thinking skills, leadership skills, networking and social skills, self confidence, and self-esteem, as well as teaching kids to have a positive approach to life. What’s even better are the extra benefits that Drama Kids can gain through their participation in the arts.

According to a National Educational Longitudinal Survey (NELS), there are ways that youth involved in arts programs are achieving more than students in the national sample.

The NELS found that youth in arts are 25 percent more likely to report feeling satisfied with themselves, 23 percent more likely to say they can do things as well as most other people can, and 23 percent more likely to feel they can make plans and successfully work from them.

The arts are not just helping the younger generation feel more satisfied with themselves and confident, but they are also encouraging further education. Youth in arts programs are 31 percent more likely to say that they plan to continue education after high school.

The academic achievements were further expanded on in the NELS. Being involved in arts programs resulted in youth being eight times more likely to receive a community service award and four and a half times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem. They are also three times more likely to win an award for school attendance, twice as likely to win an award for academic achievement and four times more likely to participate in a science or math fair.

We can’t wait to show you the “dramatic” difference Drama Kids can make in your kids’ life, whether it be building up their drama skills or boosting their self-esteem!

Think before you act - stop bullying

Drama Kids Launches Its New ACT UP! Anti-Bullying Initiative

Bullying remains the most prevalent form of violence in our society today. According to government statistics [www.stopbullying.gov], almost 30 percent of students in grades 6-12 experience bullying in one form or another, including cyberbullying. Equally alarming, about the same number of kids admit to doing the bullying themselves.

Drama Kids, has always felt a responsibility to do our part to help kids build the confidence they need to stand up for themselves and for others. We know that confidence is a skill that kids can develop and strengthen through practice and reinforcement. Through our drama programs, we’ve seen how our students stretch their comfort zones and learn how to step forward, speak up and express their ideas, and respect others. But we believe we can do more.

Drama Kids is proud to roll out our newest initiative – ACT UP! to Stop Bullying. This series of anti-bullying workshops is designed for 3rd through 5th graders and utilizes a variety of student participatory drama activities and group discussions to teach children about the various forms of bullying and the ways in which students can properly respond.

 

Specifically, the workshops are designed to help students:

  • Understand the many and different forms of bullying, from physical and verbal attacks to more subtle forms like purposefully excluding someone from a group
  • See the different roles they can play when bullying occurs, from silent participant to observer to preventer
  • Reinforce that their negative feelings about bullying are very common and shared with their peers
  • Learn how to model good behavior
  • Role play to learn how to identify bullying and practice safe and effective interventions

 

According to the Education Development Center, empathy activities like role playing are among some of the most critical social skills we can teach our kids. “Children are less likely to hurt and more likely to help someone if they can imagine themselves in that person’s place and can share that person’s thoughts and feelings.”[i]

 

Using our developmental drama approach, we are proud to do our part in helping kids gain the confidence and skills they need to not just prevent but stand up to bullying. The workshops are available as a stand-alone program or as an add-on option to our traditional drama programs. We also look forward to introducing the workshops as a week-long camp program next summer.

 

For more information, contact us at 866-809-1055, or info@dramakids.com.

[i] Preventing Bullying, 2013, Education Development Center, www.promoteprevent.org

 

Drama Kids a Top Franchise Opportunity

7 Fun Businesses Started Just for Kids

From cooking classes and acting lessons to specialized fitness clubs and science programs, there are plenty of businesses out there targeted to kids… Read the rest of the story by clicking here.

The benefits of drama classes

The Benefits of Drama

Back-to-school time is typically when parents start thinking about what kids will be doing both in and out of the classroom. Read the rest of the story by clicking here.

 

Aspergers Syndrome Child Discovers Drama Kids

Bring on the Drama – Aspergers Syndrome Child Discovers Drama Kids

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http://complicatedlifeofanaspiemom.blogspot.com/2015/06/bring-on-drama.html

 

 

 

Drama Group Puts Kids’ Self-Esteem Center Stage With Talent

This month, Las Vegas Valley residents have a chance to watch kindergarten through fifth-graders perform in two plays by the developmental program Drama Kids… To read the entire article, please click the link below.

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Drama Kids International Announces the Addition of New Franchise Owners

Source: Drama Kids International Dated: May 07, 2015 

Drama provider expands to 54 locations in the U.S. due to popularity of program 

LEESBURG, Va. — Contact: 

Charlie Kerr President

1-866-809-1055 ext. 201

charlie@dramakids.com

Drama Kids International Announces the Addition of New Franchise Owners 

Drama provider expands to 54 locations in the U.S. due to popularity of program. 

Leesburg, VA , May 7, 2015  — Drama Kids International, the nation’s largest afterschool drama company, recently announced the addition of two new franchise owners in April. After attending the extensive Drama Kids franchise owner training program this summer, both will be providing the Drama Kids’ unique developmental drama classes to children in locations throughout their market areas beginning September 1 st. The new owners are:

Sherry Shannon – Drama Kids of Central DuPage County Illinois; and

Pam Kornfeld – Drama Kids of Birmingham, Bloomfield and Troy Michigan 

“We are excited to have the opportunity to make Drama Kids programs available to children and their parents in these markets” said Drama Kids President, Charlie Kerr.  “We are very selective with regard to the caliber and experience of individuals who are offered the opportunity to become Drama Kids franchise owners.  Sherry and Pam will make a very notable difference in their communities by giving children ages 4-17 the confidence to think big, speak up and play an active role in society.”

Drama Kids uses a very different, developmental curriculum in its program that enables children to learn how to think creatively and confidently express themselves.  These same skills can be the building blocks that help children achieve personally, academically and professionally.  With all the talk today about bullying and low self-esteem, Drama Kids classes meet a great need in our society.

These new franchise owners join a network of more than 50 Drama Kids franchise locations throughout the United States.  Currently Drama Kids has over 10,000 students enrolled in its fun-filled, developmental after-school drama programs.

“We continue to aggressively seek qualified new franchise owners in markets throughout the U.S. and look forward to welcoming many more qualified individuals to the Drama Kids network of franchise owners over the next few months and in the years to come”, said Kerr.

About Drama Kids

Drama Kids International is the largest after-school drama program in the world, with more than 50,000 students currently at its 1,500 plus locations both in the United States and internationally. Its copyrighted curriculum features original, creative lessons with a built-in advancing scale of development that enables students of different ages and abilities to progress at their own rate. Its curriculum differs significantly from traditional drama programs, with an emphasis on fun drama activities that are designed to allow all students to fully participate and develop acting, speaking, and collaboration skills regardless of age or prior experience level.

Drama Kids offers age-appropriate classes for students ages 4 through 18 years old. Classes meet once each week for one hour at locations throughout the country. The program allows new enrollment throughout the year, space permitting. Drama Kids also offers Drama Kids Preschool Workshops, Drama Kids Summer Camps, and Drama Kids At School, an in-school program for elementary and middles schools that brings its innovative curriculum directly into the schools as part of the school’s after-school program. For more information, visit www.dramakids.com.  For franchise information visit www.dramakidsfranchises.com.

The benefits of drama class

The Benefits of Drama Classes for Children

When you consider drama clubs and classes for children, what conclusions do you draw? Do you think of a room full of confident, extrovert young people with ruthless ambitions for Hollywood or television? Has your own child expressed an interest in the peforming arts and been badgering to go? Have you spotted what you think might be a hidden talent, and can’t bear to see it wasted or do you have a realistic feeling that your child is probably not destined for stardom, but you are wondering whether drama club just might be beneficial in other ways?

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Drama classes help dispel stereotypes

Drama Kids Removes Common Negative Stereotypes about Children’s Drama Programs

Myth: The purpose of children’s drama is to entertain an audience.

Fact: The purpose of children’s drama is for participants to develop speaking skills, acting skills, creative thinking, confidence and self esteem.

 

Myth: Drama requires repetitive memorization of lines.

Fact: Creative, developmental drama uses new short plays and other drama activities each class.  The focus is on skill development – not line memorization.

 

Myth: Drama classes are only for children who are not interested in participating in extracurricular athletic programs.

Fact: Drama programs are for all children, regardless of physical abilities or sports aptitude. All children stand to gain significant advantages in confidence and in their speaking and presentation skills that a creative drama program provides. In addition, team building skills taught at drama classes help children learn how to work together in a group, which is critical for group projects at school.  In addition, most athletically involved children enjoy the variety that drama provides in their lives.

 

Myth:  Drama is only for extroverted children.

Fact: Drama is great for both “shy” and “outgoing” children. Drama can help introverted children develop their speaking skills and public confidence, provided that they are challenged at a pace that is comfortable and enjoyable for them. Often, parents find that, after participation in drama classes, their so-called “shy” child wasn’t introverted after all – they just needed the proper guidance from trained professionals to help “draw” them out. Drama can also create a positive focus and outlet for extroverted children as well as build their diction, projection and articulation skills.

 

Myth: Drama takes a significant time commitment in order for a child to excel.

Fact: Just one hour of drama class per week throughout the school year, using the right drama program will create significant noticeable differences in speech, creative thinking and confidence in public speaking.