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Evening Creative Drama classes with Sunshine Drama


Does your child have sport and a zillion other things to do on Saturday? 


Sunshine Drama now offers a class on Wednesday evening!

Our creative lessons and activities are carefully devised to best meet the needs and interests of children.

Children will be challenged to extend themselves as creative thinkers, learners and performers as they explore the elements, techniques and conventions of drama.

Classes provide students with opportunities to build up confident communication skills, along with a healthy self esteem as they engage in a range of activities in a positive, cooperative and enthusiastic environment that's full of ideas.

If your child wants to be the next big thing, creative drama lessons will help get a hand on that Oscar!

Here's the need to know info!


Classes run Wednesday 2 August - 27th September (9 Week Term)

Class Time
Group
Age
Cost
Class Size
6.45 -7.45pm
Supernovas
11-13 yrs
$136
10


Location: Karori Recreation Centre, Meeting Room Two (Upstairs) 251 Karori Rd, Karori

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for further information regarding cost and payment before submitting the Enrolment Form.

Feel free to contact teacher Jenae Ryan on 0274 380 533 with any questions or to discuss our classes for your child.

A 20% discount is offered for each child if more than one child is enrolled.

Curious about drama classes for your child?

try a free drama class lesson


Curious about drama classes for your child?

Come for a free lesson at Sunshine Drama


Sunshine Drama offers creative drama classes for preschoolers to Year Eight.

Classes enable students to explore creative thinking, build confidence and become effective communicators and performers.

try a drama class for free
For enrolments or to join us for a free/no obligation ‘check us out' lesson visit www.sunshinedrama.co.nz or contact Jenae Ryan on 028 402 6793 or at sunshinedrama.nz@gmail.com.

Let children explore their 'inner creative monkey!'

10 benefits your child may get from taking creative drama lessons

Kids doing creative drama

10 benefits your child may get from taking creative drama lessons with Sunshine Drama

If you’ve found this page, chances are you're looking to convince yourself why you should send your child to drama lessons. Frankly if you’ve got this far, just send them! Send them to Sunshine Drama!

But if you need to know some of the benefits that your child may gain from taking classes, have a read below.
  1. Accomplishing role play, movement, mime, improvisation, team work and using props imaginatively etc, provides fun and meaningful learning experiences that lead to students feeling confident, happy with a strong sense of self esteem.
  2. Children will learn to think on their feet. Or head, depending on the exercise!
  3. Through mime (conveying action, character, or emotion using only gesture, facial expression, and movement), students will develop their non verbal communication skills.
  4. Drama classes provide the opportunity to express their creative energy with out fear of failure in a supportive and positive environment.
  5. Learning by doing is one of the greatest ways to remember something. Learning how to be confident as you become confident  is treasured learning that will stay with a child forever. 
  6. Fast motion. Stop motion. Slow motion. Kids will learn how to change their gears mid moment, honing their ability to listen and follow instructions. 
  7. If there’s one fear adults often have, it’s speaking in public in front of an audience. Creative drama helps children with learning to use their voice effectively and speak and perform in front of their peers. As students do this more regularly, the more confident they will become. 
  8. Who doesn’t love dressing up?
  9. A child’s imagination knows no bounds. They will learn to create the most complex characters from different ideas, scene or props. Through a fun, playful environment, the true creative level of a child will come out. 
  10. Carpe Diem has almost become a clich├ęd saying, but seizing the day and moment is what drama is all about. Letting children have their own moments of self-discovery and growth as they share the fun and joy that drama brings is truly a special gift.

10 ways to use Hula Hoops in drama teaching

girl with a pink hula hoop

10 ways to use Hula Hoops in drama teaching

Are you looking for ways for your students to use hula hoops? These activities are great for both drama classes and as part of a teacher's classroom programme.

Why nursery rhymes are so important to a child's learning development

little miss muffet

There is so much more to Nursery Rhymes than meets the eye!


Sure, it's great fun to dissolve into giggles when you tickle your child's foot at the end of 'This Little Piggy went to Market' but there's also immensely valuable learning experiences that occur.

Building Oral Language


When a child hears and learns nursery rhymes, they are being exposed to new words (muffets and tuffets!) which will help them to become great little communicators as they expand their vocabulary.

Through vocabulary extension, they are strengthening their understanding of vowels & consonants and their connection in forming words. This in turn skips hand in hand with developing listening skills, as they concentrate on adding new words to their repertoires.

Rhymes enable children to practice effective speaking as they lend themselves nicely to developing pitch, volume, inflection and rhythm.

So singing and sharing these rhymes is a great way to help your child to learn to speak!

Brain Power


Nursery rhymes help children learn to recognise patterns (and/or rhyming couplets) which they can more easily commit to memory and recall the next time they say the rhyme.

Nursery rhymes also tell a concise story that can be followed very simply by the child. They usually have a beginning, middle and end. These sequencing of events helps a child to understand how stories are told. By understanding the sequence, it helps with direct recall of the rhyme.

This translates across to reading. Armed with the knowledge of how rhymes are told, the child is more readily able to comprehend story through the written word and of course it will hold them in good stead when they start writing stories of their own.

Other benefits of rhymes include learning simple mathmatics concepts "three bags full, one for the master" etc and exposure to one of my favourite parts of language, alliteration. Think "goosie goosie gander" or of Rudyard Kipling's "great gray green greasy Limpopo river".

Draw the rhyme


A fantastic way to broaden the experience of a nursery rhyme is to encourage your child to draw the story of the rhyme on paper and then discussing it with them.

Drawing characters and events from the rhyme can consolidate the many lessons that can be taken from rhymes. For example, by drawing the clock for 'Hickory Dickory Clock' concepts regarding time can be explored or ' Five Little Ducks' is a great way to explore counting to 5.

Formal research has shown time and time again that children do most of their learning in the first 8 years of their life so it is absolutely vital that children are exposed rhymes & stories of learning consistently through their early years.

Movement & Rhyme


Many nursery rhymes feature action movements and so are an effective way for the child to practice their motor skills. Using one's hands to make twinkling diamonds in the sky or to use our bodies to dramatise Incy Wincy spider climbing up the water spout are not only fun but help the child to engage their imaginations and explore movement creatively.

Sharing nursery rhymes, songs, limericks, poems and stories as part of a daily routine is one of the most important things parents and educators can do for children. Nothing is more important for your child than setting them up to become life long learners and confident communicators and rhymes provide a great avenue to become just that!

Here's a great list of nursery rhymes to try out.