Child development through drama
Edudram is an extra mural drama programme designed to develop the whole child at every level of growth and learning. This gives children the confidence to explore, not only their emotions, but also their surroundings on a sensory level. We achieve this growth through dramatic play, movement, and group interaction.
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Our aim is for children to have fun within a structured programme, to gain self-confidence and acquire a greater understanding of the world around them within a secure and non-threatening environment. Children develop physically and cognitively through perception, play, conversation, imitation, imagination, activity (movement) and repetition, and these tools provide the foundation for our classes.
Edudram classes take place once a week at different nursery schools and last for 30 minutes. The lessons begin with a fun warm up game to help the children focus. The body of the lesson is based around a theme and consists of role-play games, movement exercises, poetry, action songs and improvisations. The lessons are always concluded with a relaxation exercise.
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|“||I am so grateful to Sarah. She has helped both my son and daughter build up their confidence at school. My son James has gone from a quiet boy who did not want to talk in class to singing to the class on his own by the end of the year. My daughter is now a confident Grade 3 learner who does speeches in class without a concern. Sarah is also a very open and insightful teacher. She provided me with informative feedback that I used to assist my daughter going into Grade 1.||„|
— Colleen Rood (Parent)
|“||Sarah Dawson approached us in July 2004, asking if her and Emma would be able to run an extra mural called Edudram. As we are all aware there are academic children and creative children. The way her lessons are run is professional, interesting and above all it is amazing to see the change in our little introverted, shy quiet ones who blossom into independent, confident and very happy children going off to big school. Sarah’s loving, caring and exceptional patience with our little ones has made her extra mural the most popular from both the teachers and children’s point of view.
Thank you Sarah.
— Terry Malek (Principal – Cottontails Nursery school) 011 678 5569
|“||Sarah Dawson has for many years offered Edudram as an extra mural at our school. Her programme is well designed and offers a good variety of activities so that children with different interests and personalities are included. The children respond very well to her warm, loving approach and she has been able to reach even the quiet, shy children so that they engage and participate actively. She is insightful and is quick to pick up if a child is not him or herself. We have recommended to parents of children who are struggling emotionally to join her classes and the result has been beneficial in every instance. We have no hesitation in recommending that Sarah’s programme be run at every pre-primary school.||„|
— Joan Ferreira (Principal – Roosevelt Park Pre-primary School) 011 782 7212
|“||Sarah Dawson was employed as our drama teacher from January 2004 and is currently still a valuable member of the Junior Colleges Gardens family. She has proven to be an asset to our private institution and displays tremendous passion and care towards not only the little ones in her Drama class, but also to the rest of the school. In addition, Sarah demonstrates dedication and meticulous planning and creative use of her own initiative in her daily activities and lessons with our children.||„|