From nativity plays and school assemblies, to show and tell and taking in front of their class, public performances are a fact of life for young children in most schools. So it makes sense to help ensure they are positive experiences for children. The easiest and way to do this is to encourage your child to talk in front of others in everyday situations. This could be as simple as ordering their own meal in a cafe or paying for their magazine in the shop. Whatever the scenario, it is all practice for that time when the focus is purely on them. You can also encourage performance at home. Many children enjoy putting on a show for their parents - you can add to this by staging a talent show format
- Help children to learn their lines. Repetition is key here. There’s a reason why schools start rehearsing for the Christmas play in October!
- Also, try getting your children to give a performance at home, just to the family. You want the big day to feel as unintimidating as possible.