One of the activities that Sophia and Olivia have done is participate in community theater.
Sophia bringing chocolate milk out to Ms. Otto.
They did this one year and enjoyed being involved in many aspects of the play - including acting, singing, movement/dance, and costuming.
Olivia reciting the animal creed during
"The Chocolate Milk Cow."
They also have been involved in performances at church - typically around the major holidays (e.g., Christmas, Easter).
The girls singing during the Christmas play.
This is an activity that they do in conjunction with the children's choir that they are involved with each week.
The most frequent and enjoyable drama that Sophia and Olivia do is playing at home. From their early years and continuing to the present, the girls both like dressing up in costumes, using props (e.g., crowns, hats, gloves, costume jewelry, scarves, dishes, play food), creating stories, and acting them out.
It never ceases to amaze me how creative they are when creating these "mini dramatic performances."
Sophia's and Olivia's interest in dolls and Barbies have waxed and waned throughout the years. At times, they would eagerly dress their dolls and play with them. At other times, the dolls, clothing, and props sat idle in containers.
Sophia looking through some clothes for her doll
several years ago.
At this time, both the girls enjoy playing with Barbies and set up elaborate and changing "scenes" depending on what the theme of their play is for the day. It can take Sophia and Olivia as much time creating miniatures "stages" and "scenes" for their dolls to use as it does for them to play.
Having a variety of ways that children can engage in dramatic play and/or learning about the theater arts is a worthwhile and exciting part of a homeschool curriculum. It's been a joy to be able to watch and support the girls as their skills in this area develop throughout the years.