Monday, July 29, 2013

Expanding Problem Solving with Drama

Problem Solving and Drama
Expanding Problem Solving Skills with Drama Lessons
Researchers studied a program in Costa Rica, called Performance Studies that teaches participants to apply creative problem solving through the performing arts. During each performance session participants are given a problem, usually a social conflict, to work through in a pretend manner and an environment where they are safe to succeed or make mistakes. Results of this program suggest that practicing problem solving throughout this program grows the ability of the participants to more effectively use problem solving skills in everyday life contributing to the social and emotional growth of the participants and later success in college. Allowing your child opportunity for creative play actually grows their brain and develop problem solving skill necessary for college success later in life. While most children participate in creative play during their early years, as tween years approach you may need to give them a more formal outlet. There are several affordable alternatives throughout the Phoenix Metro area in the area of theatre arts. 
Community Center
A great place to start is your local community center. I like to start at the community center because the classes are usually 4 to 6 weeks in length giving students a short session to try something new and complete it before they make a longer more expensive commitment. Sometimes we have had to wait a season for a class to start however we have found sports, cooking, art, dance, beginning Spanish and drama classes offered for usually under $60 per student depending on the class. I paid $25 per student for drama. 
Valley Theatre Troops
If your student enjoys drama at the community center and you are ready to take it to the next level, Moezart Productions offers both entry level and advanced drama for an affordable price as well as Valley Youth Theatre.

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How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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