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Drama creates early learning opportunities

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Early childhood educators have always used dramatic play areas in their classrooms to encourage children to role play, create real-life and imaginary scenarios, and practice cooperative play. Dramatic play offers a wealth of learning opportunities. When children create a scenario with life events, they learn to accept roles in a group and act out their roles according to an invented script. Abstract thinking skills are used when children create images in their head that relates to a past experience and use the event to build on in creating more events. Children's attention span can be lengthened when participating in a prolonged dramatic play scenario. Communication skills are improved when children have an opportunity to practice words from a prepared script in plays that they may not have heard before. Listening skills are improved when children must listen to other actors in a dramatic play opportunity and respond with the correct words. Language intonation can also be learned when participating in a drama.

Drama Kids in Sarasota is hosting summer camp experiences this summer that will give children the opportunity to participate in creating plays. Session 1 will be held from June 16-20 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at The Imagine School in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota. "Into the Wild" presents the opportunity for children to assume the roles of jungle animals to create a great play. Movement and the use of voices to create animals are learning experiences that will enhance creativity. The play will be created, directed, and performed entirely by the children. This summer camp experience is offered for children ages 6-12. Cost for the camp is $199. The Imagine School will host Drama Kids at their 10535 Portal Crossing in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota.

Session 2 of summer camp offered by Drama Kids will be hosted by the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota. Session 2 will create a mystery drama written, directed, and performed by the children. The children will use valuable social skills of teamwork and interaction with others for this great "Who Done It?" Session 2 will be held from June 23-27 from 9-4 for ages 6-12. Cost for Session 2 is $199. First Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 1031 S. Euclid Avenue in Sarasota.

Put some drama in your child's summer by participating in these summer camp experiences hosted by Drama Kids in Sarasota.

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