Creative outlets are a pivotal part of a child's education. Self-expression and the sharing of stories and ideas in a physical form engulf a child's imagination and spark an appreciation for reading and the performing arts. Teaching drama to preschoolers works on their reading comprehension and incorporates teaching social skills and physical activity. Incorporating the seasons of the year gives an added science touch to the activity. All performance activities should be carefully monitored for age appropriate content.
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My Spring Story
A student's first exposure to drama can be a monologue on their own feelings or activities of spring. To pull off such an event, enlist the assistance of the student's parents. Students create and practice a short dialogue on spring, what they like about it and even what they dislike. Props are needed to add drama to the presentation. For example, a student presents a basket of flowers and talks about their love of the smell of blooms, then exchanges the basket for an umbrella and explains how or why they do not enjoy the rain. Those who have spring birthdays may put on a party hat and throw streamers as they talk about having a celebration each year. Students who garden with family members can bring a pot with a vegetable plant to display while they talk about planting and watering their garden.
Three Little Butterfly Brothers
The short story "Three Little Butterfly Brothers" by Van Antwerp, published by Bragg & Co, translates into a dramatic spring presentation for preschool age students. The story concerns three butterflies that experience issues with the rain making them sad and are saved by the sun. Read the story several times to the class. Simplistic costumes are used. The butterflies require only a set of wings, the sun and clouds only coloured cardboard cut-outs for the students playing the part to hold in front of them. Present the play as a narrative, with teacher or parent volunteer reading the story as the students act out the parts. Due to the setting of the play being a garden, there is no shortage of characters for the students to represent. Include flowers, trees and even fence pieces as characters if needed. Do multiple presentations of the mini-drama, letting different students act out different parts.
Earth Day Presentation
Each spring, Earth Day rolls around and the emphasis turns to recycling, reusing and keeping the earth a nice place to live. Students act out the basic tasks of green living with a few props and poems or songs. Place recycling items on the floor along with other trash pieces. The students come in with two wagons or baskets labelled recycling and trash, chanting or singing a selected song about cleaning up while picking up the and separating the items. Alternatively, students can stop at each piece and declare it recyclable or not. Depending on age level, the students can tell why each item fits into recycling or not.
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