Creativity and development for pre-schoolers
On the surface, watching your two or three-year-old participating in a performing arts class just looks like they are having a lot of fun. But underneath all that enjoyment, there are hugely important benefits for your little one’s development.
Taking part in a dance, drama or singing class has a whole host of values from stimulating creativity through to challenging their preconceptions about the world.
There have been numerous studies examining the importance of performing arts for young children with the benefits including improving literacy levels and a positive attitude to writing to name just a few.
Lin Marsh, a singing teacher with the British Council has noticed many positive outcomes of performing arts classes as she explains: “I have observed that singing together improves children’s behaviour. It helps them bond whatever the song or language. Musical activity involves many different parts of the brain, so singing (which involves music and language) helps develop these areas, as neurological studies from the UK, Germany and the US have found.”
Rather than constantly trying to get young children to sit still and listen, Marsh believes that dance should be used to encourage desirable behaviour. “Through dance, children develop spatial awareness, become less clumsy and pay more attention to others sharing their space,” she says. “Children struggling with language can express their feelings with immediacy through dance and movement.”
Utilising the substantial research in the area, Razzamataz created a class especially for two and three-year olds. Razz Tots for pre-schoolers is designed to improve confidence, improve social and motor skills and to provide a secure foundation for little one’s development.
Classes are open for all children aged two to three years and are parent/carer assisted. As well as all the benefits to the children, the adults can enjoy meeting other parents and carers living locally over tea and coffee at the end of the class while the children play.
Razz Tots has been designed in line with the governments Early Years Foundation Stage framework to create an enabling environment which facilitates a secure foundation for a child’s development. Much of the activities during the classes are based around a child’s development and includes elements that they are already familiar with. These include action rhyme songs, role play games and mime activities.
“The classes are structured on a new theme each half term so the children can build and develop their skills each week,” says Helen, Principal of Razzamataz Sheffield. “While the children are having fun, the class helps them to develop their speaking and listening skills, encourage positive group interaction and increase the child’s confidence.”
Often the teacher will use a prop which requires a simple throwing and catching game, which helps to develop the fine motor skills that children need to hold a pencil and ultimately write with.
“There are many themes we use at Razz Tots to ignite a child’s imagination,” adds Helen “We go on imaginary adventures into the jungle, take to space to explore the planets and journey deep down to the bottom of the sea to name just a few.”
Razzamataz Sheffield’s next Razz Tots theme ‘Christmas Time’ starts on Saturday 4th November with a free taster session. To book a place on this or for more information on our classes for ages 4-18 please visit sheffield.razzamataz.co.uk/contact-us or contact the Razzamataz Sheffield team on 07979 189177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.