WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

At Dramatic Play we use arts infused strategies in a play-based approach to help participants better understand stories and relate those characters and situations to the real world.

We utilize Bloom's Taxonomy Framework when creating and assessing our curriculum to ensure that your child is developing higher-level cognitive skills.

The framework not only serves as an excellent guide for developmentally appropriate scaffolding. It also helps participants to establish critical thinking skills and make predictions using deductive reasoning.

Theater and Creative arts are at the heart of our programs, so it is only natural for most of our goals to include creating, designing or developing something new. These skills are top level cognitive processes that are often overlooked in traditional settings. 

 

In comparison, many other book clubs for children will put an emphasis on more base level cognitive skills like memorizing, repeating and reporting information. While these skills are necessary, we take it a step further

 

We equip our participants with high level cognitive skills and strategies that they can carry with them beyond our programs to school and most importantly through life.

what makes us different

TRADITIONAL BOOK CLUBS

VS

BELLE'S BOOK CLUB

Sequence & Recall

To use physical dramatization to recall story sequence and solve problems.

Traditional Book Club:

Traditional Book Clubs will focus on having participants recite, summarize, repeat what happened in the story

By only focusing on having participants recall the story's key events, students aren't able to fully connect with the story or its characters. 

Belle's Book Club:

Belle's Book Club takes it a step further by using tableau. A tableau is a frozen picture that tells a story. Participants put the story in their own words. Participants use their bodies to create frozen pictures to illustrate the beginning, Middle and end of the story.

Using multiple learning & engagement modalities allows for greater retention and understanding of the content. 

Setting

To use prior knowledge and physical movement to create appropriate settings and locations.

Traditional Book Club:

Traditional Book clubs will prompt participants to remember where the story takes place but they fall short when asking participants to visualize the smaller details.

Participants are asked to focus only on the bigger picture and fail to bring the setting to life with the sounds and textures.

Belle's Book Club:

Participants in Belle's Book Club will work as an ensemble to create the visual components of the given setting. We use our bodies as set pieces and our mouths to create a soundtrack for the given environment.

Visualizing the story in this way can really help to bring the setting to life and provide valuable learning experiences in regards to classifying and categorizing the environment and how it relates to the story. 

Character Exploration

To use theatrical physicality to identify and understand character traits

Traditional Book Club:

Traditional Book Clubs will prompt participants to recall and remember the character's objectives and actions on a surface level.

Students in traditional book clubs miss out on the opportunity to understand the complexity or multidimensional nature of characters. 

Belle's Book Club:

In Belle's Book club, after identifying character traits, our participants step into the story and become the character. They move and speak the way the character would. They're able to tap into the character's inner thoughts and motives for deeper understanding of the character.

 

This exploration allows them to understand the motives and actions of the character, make personal connections.