The Heart-Mind Well-Being “heart” is a powerful tool for fostering social and emotional development and well-being in children, youth and adults. It was created as a visual representation of five positive human qualities that researcher from the fields of developmental and educational psychology and human development tell us are essential to promoting overall well-being. The heart framework offers a way for caring adults to organize, plan and inspire to create environments and opportunities that contribute to healthy learning and development.
Utilizing the "Heart-Mind Well Being" model we will do our best to:
- Develop and build skills in singing, acting, dancing/choreography and aspects of the visual arts.
- Gain an appreciation for the performing arts as a hobby or potential career.
- Understand what it takes to create a fully developed piece from beginning to end.
- Experience the sensation that comes with sharing work with an audience.
- Develop a working knowledge of the creative process.
- Demonstrate respect for the contribution of others.
- Build an understanding of the 52 family virtues through activity and play.
- Develop social/emotional/physical skills.
- Learn how to rely on the "self" while making decisions, taking risks, trying new things and facing fears.
Some of our current themes include:
- Making Empowered & Positive Choices (Activities, games and projects which exercise the right to make personal choices and the understanding that it is okay to make those choices, especially when faced with peer pressure or "going against the grain" of what your friends are doing. Explore how making positive personal choices can impact your self, your family, your school or community and have the potential to create positive change in the world.
- Heart Centered Communication Strategies (Practice daily mindfulness in how you communicate and interact with the people around you and learn how that practice in turn affects how you feel about yourself. In being kind to others, we feel kindness within. In offering compassion to another, our heart opens to compassion for ourselves. As we create, play and build skills in the performing arts, we will also build an "inner self" which supports a healthy life path.)
- Setting Personal Boundaries / Offering Consent ("No" means NO. "Yes" means YES. Being able to communicate clear messages to our peers, our families, to strangers and to the world regarding our comfort level with communication, physical contact and how we are treated sets a foundation for being able to speak up for ourselves, to remove ourselves from uncomfortable situations and opens us to potentially incredible experiences which may enhance our life journey!)
- Harnessing Inner Empowerment & Confidence (Activities, games and projects which focus on inner strength and the courage to be one's self. To walk through the world authentically and take pride in being the person that you are, with all you have to offer, can be transforming and life changing.)
- r how we will grow into adults. This play based environment uses the performing arts as a vehicle to safely engage in learning how to develop this personal practice.)
- Transforming Fear & Self Doubt Into Courage & Possibility (Risk taking, making ourselves vulnerable, opening up about how we feel and allowing ourselves to believe in our own power are important aspects that often are not nurtured, taught or talked about. Through participation in theatre, music and/or movement based activities, participants are able to approach these concepts in lighthearted yet powerful ways.)
- Abundant Living (The power of the mind can help to shape who we are and what our lives look like. A strong mind is able to overcome factors that bring us down. By becoming a resourceful person who exercises creative thinking and who considers "what is possible" rather than "what is impossible", we become capable of creating the life we have always dreamed of. Using the performing arts as a vehicle, we will explore this concept and how it applies to who we are, where we are, right NOW!)
Performing Arts Learning Outcomes Include But Not Limited To:
- Use singing skills to maintain melodic or harmonic part in simple textures.
- Apply the elements of rhythm, melody and expression to represent thoughts, images and feelings in classroom repertoire.
- Make individual choices based on the thoughts, images and feelings that the music expresses.
- Apply skills and attitudes appropriate to a variety of roles.
- Demonstrate audience, rehearsal and performance etiquette.
- Demonstrate responsibility for the self and to the group while experiencing music.
- Learn to sing without strain or fatigue.
- Learn how to care for the voice.
- Develop an understanding of the mechanics of the voice and how to control the voice to get the desired outcome.
- Express ideas & emotions using verbal and non verbal communication.
- Learn to accept constructive feedback and incorporate it into and refine dramatic work.
- Take individual responsibility within the group, maintaining focus and contributing to activities.
- Differentiate between stereotypes and authentic characters when developing roles.
- Demonstrate how drama affects beliefs and attitudes.
- Demonstrate commitment to a role.
- Demonstrate ability to collaborate when combing ideas within dramatic work.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how social values are communicated in dramatic presentations.
- Demonstrate respect for the perspectives of self and others.
Movement & Dance
- Interpret and move in response to a variety of sounds, images, feelings and music.
- Demonstrate performance skills.
- Make individual choices surrounding movement as well as choices that affect or relate to the larger group/community.
- Demonstrate audience, rehearsal and performance etiquette.
- Demonstrate understanding of travel using shapes, levels and pathways.
- Demonstrate understanding of moving to a beat / changing tempos in movement.
- Perform dance reflecting the sense of feeling and mood in the choreography.
- Develop an appreciation for dance.
- Demonstrate an accepting attitude that dance is for both boys and girls.
- Demonstrate sense of discovery how own body moves and greater awareness of own physical ability in space.
- Create something out of nothing.
- Use various materials to support the development of the imagination.
- Create costume pieces and accessories.
- Co-Create pieces to be used as part of a set or props.
- Play with make up, hair and costume design.