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Courtsey of Deb Donohoe, Artistic Director at the Academy
of Children's Theatre
When I was a child, I persuaded my father to build a stage in
our back yard. As a result, our home became the place to be
for all the neighborhood children. We wrote scripts, created
costumes, painted sets, and performed for anyone who we could bribe
with cupcakes and popcorn to come and watch our performances.
We often would have 15 to 20 kids in our back yard working on the
next "show". Everyone would have a role and the performance
was very collaborative, and delightfully amateur.
I didn't realize at the time that these fun theatre games were
building important life skills. Research studies confirm that
theatrical arts have a major impact on the social and intellectual
development of children. By experiencing theatre, students
become more aware of others around them. They have better
organizational skills and follow through, exhibit more
self-confidence, develop leadership and communications tools.
What I learned through our "backyard productions" was to help me
throughout my life.
When I became a parent and ran my own day care, theatrical
experiences were an integral part of our daily routine.
Singing and make-believe play acting help to develop cognitive
awareness, facilitate toleration for the ideas of others, and
create inquiring minds. For example, when singing and play
acting "London Bridge Is Falling Down," I had one student ask
why. It led to discussions as to why a bridge might fall
down, with lots of creative ideas emerging.
Acting out stories and fairy tales helped the students
learn interpersonal communications skills. We discussed what
motivated characters to act a certain way. A big bad
wolf, an evil stepmother, a witch in the woods are all integral to
common childhood fears and exploring those characters helps
youngsters to better understand complex situations.
Most important, play acting with kids teaches them empathy for
others and develops their ability to understand through words and
actions what others are feeling.
Unfortunately arts education in schools is being threatened due
to budget constraints and standardized testing
pressures. Good news is that our community offers a
variety of extra-curricular arts experiences for kids.
Arts classes are available at Allied Arts. Music Together
provides introductory music classes for pre-schoolers and their
parents. Tri City Academy of Ballet offers a curriculum of
dance instruction. At the Academy of Children's Theatre we offer
year-round classes in acting, singing, and movement for ages from
pre-school to adults.
Children and adults benefit by their exploration of the
arts. Many of us will not master an art, but it is in the
exploration of it that we sharpen our minds, and express ourselves
in new ways. Daisy Vargas, founder of a local
non-profit teen arts organization eloquently stated, "By creating
art and putting it out there for the community, kids not only have
a chance to authentically express themselves, but it ties them to
the community they live in."
The arts - a profound way to build skills and connect to the
world in so many ways.
When babies begin getting teeth around 6 months of age, it's a
sign that they are growing up. It's also the moment when parents
may begin thinking about their child's oral health. There is
nothing a parent loves more than to see their child smile. But baby
teeth are so much more important than a simple display of
happiness. Here are some other reasons why taking care of baby
teeth is so important:
Dr. Dhillon (left)
-Prevent toothaches, the second leading cause of children
-Hold space for permanent teeth to come in properly.
-Tooth infections can spread to other parts of the body, causing
stomachaches, heart disease, even death.
-Establish healthy habits while children are young, which is much
easier than trying when they are older.
Tooth decay (or cavities) is an infection, usually passed on
from the mother or other caregiver. Some bacteria in our mouth use
food and drink (even breast milk) and make acid as a by-product.
This acid slowly eats away at our teeth, eventually making holes in
them called cavities. These bacteria make the acid for about 45
minutes every time we eat or drink something with sugar, starch or
carbohydrates (not just candy). More snacks during the day means
Neglecting a child's oral health can carry significant risks,
such as pain, swelling, fever, poor nutrition, poor academic
performance, damage to permanent teeth, kidney and heart valve
infections, sinus and brain infections, and even death.
How do we help our children have a health smile? First,
establish a dental home for your child by their first birthday,
with a dentist who has experience seeing children at that age.
During the first visit, the dentist will check the status of your
child's oral health and provide prevention guidelines for healthy
Following a few simple guidelines will help your child have a
healthy smile for a lifetime.
This article provided by Advanced Pediatric Dentistry and
Orthodontics - Pasco, Wa.
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