Montessori Tides School PlayArts Summer Camp combines both art/crafts and drama all within a Montessori environment. Here are a few benefits of dramatic play:
We’ve found dramatic play provides young children opportunities to combine spoken language with imagination, to imitate, and to pretend to be someone or something else
- Language development. Dramatic play also encourages expressive language. Children are motivated to convey their wishes to others and speak from the perspective of their pretend roles. In fact, it is often through dramatic play that shy or withdrawn children first begin to express themselves through language.
- Use of symbols. Dramatic play furthers an understanding of symbols. For example, a doll becomes a symbol for a baby. A slip of paper may become money. Opportunities to create and use symbols help children to utilize other symbols, like letters and numbers.
Pretending allows a child to transform real life; changing things from how they really are to how the child perceives them to be.
- Sort out fantasy and reality. Dramatic play also allows children to differentiate between real and pretend. This is readily apparent when observing children using exaggerated voices to signal that they are playing their role. The kind of play where a child takes on a role, and learns to interact from within that role, is very valuable to his/her development.
- Use of social interaction skills. Dramatic play encourages children to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. Such role-playing helps them to improve their ability to do this in real life. They learn important social skills, such as empathy.
In essence, A child exposed to our PlayArts Summer Camp will show that they have developed a richer vocabulary, better language comprehension, the ability to plan ahead, to focus attention on a task at hand, be more flexible in new situations, and to play cooperatively with others, while also experiencing great wonder and fun!