HOW WE TEACH
Story Themed Ballet
Do you remember those nights as a small child, snuggled up in bed having a bedtime story read to you? You felt safe and secure whilst you sat still enthralled in the storyline. Eyes wide awaiting what was going to happen next. Mouth open, thinking & asking questions. Feeling all kinds of emotions as the story unfolded- Happy, nervous, sad, excited.
Stories create magic, a sense of wonder and teach us numerous things about ourselves and life in general. Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of teaching and goes hand in hand with play-based learning, keeping children engaged and making learning FUN which is what dancing at Bouncy Ballerinas is all about.
But did you know of all the other hidden benefits for children that come with stories???
• Improves listening skills –
Storytelling engages children’s concentration for a longer period of time making them more attentive listeners.
• Improves memory & recall skills –
Because we have more attentive listening through storytelling students are able to process and comprehend what is happening with in the story. Students will memorize certain words, phrases and certain events within the story.
• Enhances Communication skills –
Stories assist children to communicate and express their thoughts, feelings and ideas. As curiosity grows children start to ask questions and even put forward problem solving suggestions/ideas.
• Enhances imagination & creativity–
Stories introduce children to new places, ideas, creatures and the “make believe world”. Being able to envision settings and characters as the story unfolds will enhance your child’s imagination and creativity.
• Prepares children for school –
Stories are a great steppingstone for children into the academic world that is school. It makes this progression a more natural move as focus, attention, listening & expressing themselves has already been practiced.
Play Based Learning
WHY PLAY BASED LEARNING?
Play is the work of the child – Maria Montessori
Play is the most natural and intuitive way of learning for children whilst feeling safe and secure to try new things and experiment with the unknown.
Play appeals to children and their inquisitive nature motivating them to make connections, explore and find interests within their learning environment.
SO, WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS & WHAT WILL MY CHILD GAIN FROM PLAY BASED LEARNING?
• Cognitive Development –
By playing children learn to use their imagination & creativity, enhance their communication, stimulate their memory & develop their problem-solving skills.
• Gross and fine Motor skills –
strengthen large and small muscle groups and enhance co- ordination.
• Co-operation & Teamwork
• Builds independence
• Builds confidence & self-esteem.
• MAKES LEARNING FUN
As you can see, some of the amazing benefits from Storytelling and play based learning overlap enforcing and reiterating what we are learning within our nurturing dance space.
It really is a recipe for SUCCESS!
SO HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE PLAY IN A BALLET CLASS?
• We in- corporate dazzling props to aid in learning movement and to make classes that little bit more special.
• We use dance games, obstacles, rhythm patterns, floor pattern sequences, dance sequences and musical exercises to learn important fundamentals of Ballet.
• We Work in teams and learn to work with teammates.
• Set Challenges
• Set the scene by Using our imaginations.
• And the MOST IMPORTANT – Everything we do in class has a story, a reason & a meaning behind it.