How Kids Can Give Back Over the Holidays

 

The holiday season is upon us. Finding the perfect gift and spending quality time with your family are probably two of the more pressing issues on your mind. What if we told you there was a way to easily achieve both at one time?

Volunteering during the holiday season is a way to do just that! You’ll not only enjoy quality time together, but you’ll also be giving the perfect gift to those in need!

How Volunteering Benefits Kids

There are plenty of benefits for children who volunteer, including:

  • Making them more likely to make positive, healthy choices
  • Helping enhance self-esteem
  • Improving psychological well-being
  • Encouraging compassion and altruism
  • Providing experiential learning opportunities
  • Helping children experience and appreciate diversity
  • Teaching valuable life skills

And the benefits of participating in a community service project aren’t just limited to the ones we’ve listed!

Ideas for Holiday Volunteering

No matter the age of your children, there are always simple ways they can volunteer and help out the community.

If you have a younger child, he or she can help pick out non-perishable food items that can be donated to a food bank, decorate cards for soldiers overseas or children who are in hospitals, or even stuff new socks with items that homeless men and women could be given when passed on the streets.

Older children can donate gently used books and DVDs to local children’s hospitals, schedule a visit to a nursing home and interact with the residents, or host a hot chocolate or cider stand from which the proceeds are donated to a local charity.

Keeping the Volunteer Spirit Year-round

It’s great to volunteer with your kids throughout the holiday season, but keeping that effort going year-round is a fantastic goal to have!

By keeping some form of volunteering on your family’s schedule, you’re helping your child learn that it’s not about what you have, but about empathy and the value of giving to others.

You can help encourage your child’s altruistic side by letting him or her pick a cause to support and discussing the difference between donating time and money. Both are valuable donations for the cause/charity of your family’s choosing, but it’s still important for your child to learn the difference between the two types of donating.

Looking for other ways to inspire your child to become his or her best self? Check out the programs Drama Kids International offers that are specially designed to help kids gain valuable life skills.

Three Thanksgiving Crafts Your Child will Love

 

The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching, and while menu planning and Black Friday strategizing are probably near the top of the list, chances are that coming up with fun, kid-friendly Thanksgiving craft ideas is also something you’ve considered.

We know it’s a busy time of the year, so we’ve found three kid-approved ideas that are simple, yet fun!

Kid-approved Thanksgiving crafts

Not only are these activities a fun way to keep your child occupied, but they also present an opportunity for him or her to get involved in the holiday festivities and help with the decorating!

Feather Place Mats

This activity requires some feathers, orange (or whatever Thanksgiving color you prefer) card stock, kid-safe scissors and glue.

First, your child will trace the dinner plate you plan to use on your turkey day table. Then cut out the traced circles. Once those have been cut out, all he or she will need to do is put a dab of glue on each feather and then glue them along the edges of the circles. Voila—brand-new feather place mats!

Paper Leaf Table Runner

Break out the fall-colored construction paper or lined paper and child-safe scissors—and let your child’s creative side shine!

This is another crafty activity that lets your child become part of the Thanksgiving decorating, by having him or her cut out leaf designs. Once the designs have been cut out, your children can then write a few things they are thankful for on some of the leaves.

Then glue the leaves together into small groups, to create a design that will run down the center of your table. The finished product creates a heartfelt, homemade runner for the family table.

Corn Husk Flower Painting

Corn and Thanksgiving are just a natural fit, so this craft is something that makes sense and is fun for kids!

You’ll need some dried corn husks, some non-toxic paints, chalk markers and a hot glue gun to make this project come to life. First, an adult should hot glue the corn husks together in a flower pattern. Then allow your child to paint the “flower petals” to his or her heart’s content once the glue has dried.

Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and being thankful. Hopefully some of these craft ideas will inspire some quality family time and help your child embrace his or her creative side just a bit more!

Drama Kids International offers age-appropriate developmental after-school enrichment classes for children ages 4–17 that help them learn to better communicate and express themselves, harness their creativity, and build confidence and self-esteem

 

Halloween Treat Ideas for the Classroom

 

Halloween is right around the corner and while you’ve probably been busy helping come up with the perfect costume for your child, chances are Halloween treats for the classroom haven’t yet crossed your mind.

Don’t worry, our Drama Kids International team has got you covered on the tasty Halloween treat front!

Easy Halloween Treats

The goal is to come up with a Halloween treat your child can share with friends that is both delicious and easy to make. Of course—you always want to check with your child’s school to make sure that treats are allowed and learn of any special requirements or limitations.  Below you will find some of our favorite options.

Halloween Muddy Buddies

Delicious and festive, these muddy buddies are an obvious choice! You’ll need Rice Chex cereal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, Kit Kats, candy corn, candy skulls, sprinkles and candy eyeballs to make these happen.

The best part? Halloween Muddy Buddies take less than 10 minutes to make! You can find the full recipe here.

Before you send these treats with your child, be sure that items containing peanut butter are allowed in your child’s classroom and/or school. It’s important to be mindful of food allergies. (See below for allergy-friendly treats!)

Rice Krispie Treat Mummies

This Halloween snack option only need three ingredients: snack-size rice krispie treats, white chocolate chips, and black edible piping gel or icing. In under 10 minutes, you can have adorable little mummies who are just waiting to be eaten. The full recipe for these treats can be found here.

Looking for more festive ideas? Woman’s Day offers a number of different options, all with varying degree of difficulty and time required.

Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats

Food allergies are increasingly common in this day and age, especially among children. While a child can be allergic to any food, there are eight common allergens that account for 90 percent of reactions:

  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Peanuts
  4. Soy
  5. Wheat
  6. Tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, etc.)
  7. Fish
  8. Shellfish (including shrimp)

Because of the prevalence of peanut allergies, many schools are peanut-free zones in order to protect their students. If you’re worried about coming up with allergy-friendly Halloween treats for your child’s classroom don’t be—we’ve included some excellent options for you below!

Cheese It Up

We know how much children enjoy cheese and there’s no reason why this snack favorite can’t be made festive. You can make fun pumpkin or other Halloween-related shaped cheese treats by getting a cookie cutter or two for a tasty and nutritious treat. Note, this is not the right treat choice if there is a dairy allergy in the classroom.

Popcorn for All

You can decorate a paper bag with Halloween stickers and colors and fill it with homemade popcorn quite easily. Add a bit of fun to it by adding food coloring to the butter and shaking the popcorn in it for a festive treat.

If your child’s classroom requires labeled or packaged items, remember that there are allergy-friendly options out there, such as BoomChikaPop, which can come in individualized bags and simply be put inside the Halloween-decorated paper bag.

Sweet Tooth Options

Sometimes a sweet treat just hits the spot. Consider these candies, which are all guaranteed safe for nut allergies: Tootsie Roll Company brand items like Tootsie Rolls, Junior Mints and Caramel Apple Pops, York Peppermint Patties, Skittles, Starbursts, or Jolly Ranchers.

We hope you find our quick and easy Halloween treat suggestions helpful or inspiring! One more thing: Don’t forget to share once you figure out the perfect treat for your child’s class!

Drama Kids International provides children with a place to learn much more than drama! Our focus is on life skills and confidence building. Interested in finding a program for your child? Visit our website to find a Drama Kids location near you.

Tips for Helping your Child Handle Bullying

 

Tips for Helping your Child Handle Bullying

 As the school year progresses, chances are your child will experience bullying. He or she may not be the victim, but could still witness it in the classroom, hallway or on the playground.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Drama Kids International is here to share valuable tips on how to help your child handle bullying.

How common is bullying?

Bullying is a very common thing, with more than one out of every five students having reported being bullied. Female students are more likely to experience a form of bullying.

There are three types of bullying—verbal, social and physical. Students who are bullied report that they are called names, insulted, pushed, shoved, tripped, spit on and excluded from activities on purpose. Bullying is reported to take place in the hallways or stairways at school, in the classroom, the cafeteria, outside on school grounds, on the bus, or in the bathroom/locker room.

How to help your child

First, your child must know how to identify bullying. It’s likely that he or she has been teased by a sibling or friend at some point, which is usually not harmful and done in a playful manner. But your child will need to know that when the teasing crosses the line into being hurtful, unkind and constant, it has become bullying.

Be sure children know it is not their fault if they have been the victim of bullying and reassure them that together you will figure out what to do about it. It’s also important for your child to know that it’s OK to speak to a teacher, principal or counselor about what is going on. Keep the lines of communication open and support your child.

ACT UP! to Stop Bullying

We know how detrimental bullying can be for children, which is why we created the ACT UP! to Stop Bullying program. This is a series of workshops designed for third through fifth graders, which utilizes student participatory drama activities and group discussions to teach children about the various forms of bullying and how they can properly respond. In ACT UP! to Stop Bullying, children will learn things like:

  • The different forms of bullying, including physical and verbal attacks and more subtle forms like leaving someone out from a group on purpose
  • Different roles they can play when bullying occurs, such as silent participant, observer or preventer
  • How to model good behavior

 

Bullying is something that must be taken seriously. If you would like to learn more about our ACT UP! to Stop Bullying initiative, reach out! Our Drama Kids team would love to see it come to a school near you!

 

Drama Kids Of South Orange County Announces Approval From Saddleback Valley Unified School District To Offer New After-school Classes

 

Drama Kids Of South Orange County Announces Approval From Saddleback Valley Unified School District To Offer New After-school Classes

 

Local Franchise Owner Anticipating 200%+ Growth in 2018-2019 School Year

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. Sept. 17, 2018 PRLog — Drama Kids of South Orange County, California franchise owner Jaime Medley announced on Wednesday that the Saddleback Valley Unified School District has granted approval for the children’s developmental drama program to offer new

after-school classes in schools throughout the district. Each class will meet once per week for one hour and will feature Drama Kids’ exclusive curriculum consisting of over 450 unique lesson plans.

Medley also noted that the Capistrano Unified School District/Saddleback College Community Education has approved after-school classes at nine additional schools on top of the seven schools where classes were offered during the 2017-2018 school year, and that ten charter schools have approved funding for Drama Kids classes to be offered to students in their home school program.

“We are extremely honored and very excited that these school districts and charter schools have recognized the amazing benefits that Drama Kids classes offer students, to include public speaking and communication skills, creative thinking skills, collaboration skills, as well as acting skills,” said Drama Kids of South Orange County Director, Jaime Medley. “Participating students will also have tons of fun while developing higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and building a foundation for personal and academic success.”

In addition to the public elementary school classes, Medley and her team of highly trained teachers will be offering classes at several parks and recreation centers. She expects to have well over 300 students enrolled by December of this year and stressed that classes are filling fast. For more information about Drama Kids classes in South Orange County and to enroll a child, visit www.dramakids.com/ca2.

About Drama Kids of South Orange County

Drama Kids of South Orange County is an independently owned and operated franchise business, and a part of the Drama Kids International network of over 75 franchise locations throughout the US. More information can be found by visiting www.dramakids.com/ca2.

About Drama Kids International

Drama Kids International is the largest after-school drama program in the world. There are more than 15,000 students currently enrolled. Drama Kids’ 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 and other after-school programs, with an emphasis on fun drama activities that are designed to allow all students to fully participate and develop acting, speaking, and creative thinking skills.

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 PRLog – Global Press Release Distribution 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.

 

Media Contact

Jaime Medley
dramakidsca2@gmail.com
(949) 288-6889

Drama Kids Of York County Pennsylvania To Offer 18 Classes For Area Students

 

Drama Kids Of York County Pennsylvania To Offer 18 Classes For Area Students In Inaugural Year Local Drama Kids Franchise Owner Reaches Agreement With 4 School Districts to Host After-School Developmental Classes

 

YORK, Pa. – Aug. 31, 2018 – PRLog — Drama Kids of York County, Pennsylvania recently announced that agreements have been reached with the Central York, Dallastown, Red Lion, and Southern York school districts to allow students in 14 elementary schools to participate in Drama Kids’ developmental school year program during the 2018-2019 school year. Each class will meet once per week for one hour and will feature Drama Kids’ exclusive curriculum consisting of over 450 unique lesson plans.

“We are extremely honored and very excited that these school districts have recognized the amazing benefits that Drama Kids classes offer students, to include public speaking and communication skills,creative thinking skills, collaboration skills, as well as acting skills,” said Drama Kids of York County Director, Yolanda Olmstead. “Participating students will also have tons of fun while developing higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and building a foundation for personal and academic success.”

In addition to the 14 public elementary school classes, Olmstead and her team of highly trained teachers will be offering classes at the Eastern Branch YMCA, Paul Smith Library, Red Lion Recreation Center, and the Spring Grove Recreation Center. She expects to have well over 200 students enrolled by December of this year and stressed that classes are filling fast. For more information about Drama Kids classes in York County and to enroll a child, visit www.dramakids.com/pa2.

About Drama Kids of York County

Drama Kids of York County is an independently owned and operated franchise business, and a part of the Drama Kids International network of over 75 franchise locations throughout the US. More information can be found by visiting www.dramakids.com/pa2.

About Drama Kids International

Drama Kids International is the largest after-school drama program in the world. There are more than 15,000 students currently enrolled. Drama Kids’ 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 and other after-school programs, with an emphasis on fun drama activities that are designed to allow all students to fully participate and develop acting, speaking, and creative thinking skills.

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.

Contact
Yolanda Olmstead
***@gmail.com
717-318-3972

Drama Kids Of Pulaski County Arkansas Announces New Grant-funded Program With Little Rock School District

 

Drama Kids Of Pulaski County Arkansas Announces New Grant-funded Program With Little Rock School District

Agreement Creates Opportunity for Middle School Students to Participate in Drama Kids’ Developmental Drama Program and Perform in Front of Family and Friends

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Aug. 14, 2018 – PRLog — Drama Kids of Pulaski County announced on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with the Little Rock School District to offer students of Henderson Middle School the opportunity to participate in and benefit from Drama Kids’ unique developmental drama program during the school’s fall semester.  The program will allow 7th and 8th graders to participate in developmental drama classes each school day throughout the fall school session and perform in front of family and friends in December.

“We are extremely honored and very excited that the Little Rock School District has recognized the amazing benefits that Drama Kids classes offer students ages 4-18, to include public speaking and communication skills, creative thinking skills, collaboration skills, as well as acting skills,” said Drama Kids of Pulaski County Director Melissa Diller.  “The Henderson students will also have tons of fun while developing higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and building a foundation for personal and professional success.”

Diller also noted that the Henderson Middle School program was made possible through a generous grant from the Arkansas Arts Council’s Arts in Education program.  Arts in Education Program Manager Kimberly Davis facilitated the arrangements.

Diller first began offering classes in the fall of 2016, and quickly grew to over 160 students enrolled in 2017.  This school year Diller expects to have over 250 students enrolled in classes designed for students ranging in age from 4 to 18.

About Drama Kids of Pulaski County
Drama Kids of Pulaski County is an independently owned and operated franchise business, and a part of the Drama Kids International network of over 75 franchise locations throughout the US.  More information can be found by visiting www.dramakids.com/ar1.

About Drama Kids International
Drama Kids International is the largest after-school drama program in the world. There are more than 15,000 students currently enrolled.  Drama Kids’ 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 and other after-school programs, with an emphasis on fun drama activities that are designed to allow all students to fully participate and develop acting, speaking, and creative thinking skills.

Drama Kids offers age-appropriate classes for students ages 4 through 18 years old. Classes typically 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.

About Arkansas Arts Council
The Arkansas Arts Council, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, advances and empowers the arts by providing services and funding for programming that encourages and assists literary, performing and visual artists in achieving standards of professional excellence.  For more information, visit www.arkansasarts.org.

4 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Season

 

It’s hard to believe, but another back-to-school season is upon us, and we appreciate and understand the prep work that goes into getting children ready for a new school year.  With that said, we’ve come up with four especially helpful back-to-school tips that can help ease your stress levels.

Get to know the school. If your child is attending a new school, whether it’s due to a move or just from aging out of elementary or middle school, it’s beneficial to visit the school so that it becomes more familiar. Schools always have registration and orientation days, which is also a perfect time to meet your child’s teacher(s). You can also become acquainted with the school counselor and take the time to discuss concerns you may have or challenges your child may face. It’s recommended that you meet or contact the school counselor at least three times per school year, beginning with the start of school.

It’s all about the schedule. Summertime is often a “schedule-free” season, where normal bedtimes and daily schedules are put aside for a more relaxed flow. If you haven’t done so already, the time to start working your child back toward his or her school year bedtime is now. Also, make sure he or she is beginning to wake up at a time that is in line with what a normal morning will look like at home.

Break in those new shoes. Did you know that your child’s new shoes can easily be broken in with ice? Say goodbye to complaints about sore feet and blisters for the first few weeks of school with this ice hack. It’s quick, easy and will lead to a pain-free new shoe experience!

Set up your emergency plan. You already know that not everything will go off without a hitch, so make sure your emergency plan is in place. Do you know who will be able to pick the kids up if you’re unable to and have you submitted the list to the school yet?

We hope these tips help make the back-to-school season a less stressful one for your family and that everything is smooth sailing leading up to the first day of school.  Drama Develops Kids, so don’t forget to explore the developmental drama classes for kids your local Drama Kids International location is offering for the 2018–19 school season, as classes are filling fast!