Take a walk in my shoes...
When children role play and pretend they are given the opportunity to experience the world from different perspectives and develop empathy for others as they briefly, 'walk in their shoes'. In Stand Up and Act Out our role play and drama activities:
1. Are age-differentiated. We’ve been working with young children for over fifteen years so our age-differentiated approach to role play is tried and tested, and even children who at first may seem reticent to join in will quickly find their voice.
2. Prepare children for the world outside of the classroom. Children ‘trial’ difficult situations in the sheltered environment of the classroom, before potentially experiencing the same (or similar) situations in real-life.
3. Enrich language. Role play provides children with opportunities to try out new vocabulary, as well as to practice communicating their message appropriately. Hand in hand comes advanced communication skills as children also learn to be better listeners.
4. Develop social and emotional skills. Confidence, concentration, co-operation, empathy, conflict resolution, self-regulation; we can’t think of a social and emotional skill that role play does not develop.
5. Are huge amounts of fun. Try it – you won’t disagree!