The Learning Connections (TLC) has 2 programmes accepted for the pilot NAC-AEP for Preschools by the National Arts Council. TLC’s Children’s Theatre Circle and Story Box programmes is available from July 2014 to March 2016.
The Children’s Theatre Circle (offered in English and Chinese) is a workshop that aims to provide children with a heightened experience of drama, exposure to the literary arts and of course, lots of fun! The children in the programme will go through a highly interactive and integrated arts experience, exploring and discovering the 4 art disciplines – dance/movements, music, theatre and visual arts.
The children will be introduced to the important elements of theatre arts. They will explore pantomime, mask theatre, improvisation, role/character dramatization and puppetry in theatre while they act, sing, dance and learn to create. They will also take on different roles and inject their own ideas, exercise their voices creatively and confidently and work on building the script, characters, emotions and moods to enhance language skills and expressions.
TLC uses the “process approach” to develop performance skills in young children. We encourage children to progress at their own pace and enjoy the journey in a naturalistic manner. It is important to understand that using “process drama” in our lessons is not necessarily a performance-based method. The advantages of process drama is that it allows children to practise life and social skills, builds perspective-taking skills, understand characters in the story and relate certain situations to their own experiences. It is a very personable approach to teaching theatre arts and a method that we, at TLC, find it to be most appropriate when working with preschool-aged children.
Through this program, students will…