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Spring Educational Activities in Toronto

After a cold and snowy winter, let’s celebrate that spring is finally here!   With the sun out and the temperature warming up, there are a ton of great educational and fun activities that families can take advantage of in Toronto.

Attend Events:   There is no shortage family-friendly activities in Toronto.   Here are some of our favourites:

TIFF Kids digiPlay Space:   At TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, kids can engage with emerging creative media technologies and share innovative artistic experiences.

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival:  Tap into spring and visit the Kortright Centre in Woodbridge or Bruce’s Mill in Stouffville to enjoy great maple syrup and fun crafts and family activities.

Sesame Street Presents: The Body: An amazing educational attraction featuring Elmo, Oscar, Grover and the rest of your Sesame Street friends.  This interactive exhibition teaches students how their bodies work and how to keep them healthy as they hop, jump, run and play their way through this hands-on Sesame Street adventure.

Sign-up for Programs:   Whether it is the arts, sports or personal hobbies, there is an activity for every child in Toronto.   Consider which activities are right for your child’s interests, schedule and personality.  There are many great resource sites in Toronto with a listing of activities including: Help We’ve Got Kids, The Kid Scoop and Toronto4Kids.    

Enjoy Nature:  With the leaves returning on trees, flowers blooming and animals out from hibernation, the spring season presents fantastic learning opportunities.   The best to learn about nature is to enjoy the outdoors go on a nature walk in a Toronto Park.  To truly capture the experience, bring a note pad and pencil to gather observations, crayons or coloured pencils to draw pictures and a camera to make a scrapbook.     Also don’t miss Earth Day on April 22 to learn about the importance of the environment and protecting our planet.

Learn About the Science of Sports:  The Baseball season opens in late March.  Not only is attending baseball game a fun time to spend with your daughter or son, it also present numerous learning opportunities.   Think about geometry with the layout of the field, gravity with the ball going up and down, friction with the different types of pitches, momentum with the contact of the ball and statistics to measure players performance, to name a few.

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Learning Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Fractions, decimals and percents are everywhere.

This helpful video from abcteach provides a great introductory lessons on how they can be applied in our day to day lives.

In several great practical examples, it shows children how the same number can be expressed as a fractions, decimals and percents along with helpful trips to convert from one to the other.

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How Music and Drama Can Benefit Your Child

Naomi Zara, The Stage Door Academy

We have all heard of the direct link between music and math, and know the obvious benefits of dance to physical health and co-ordination.  But what is often left out of the mix is the immense benefits of drama and musical theatre in education.  Not only is acting always taught to aspiring musicians and dancers to enhance their performance and overall artistry, but the connection between confident young people and those who study drama and acting is absolutely undeniable.  In fact, just the other night one of our teachers proclaimed ‘drama is everything’.  I think he got it right.

It has been said that “through engagement in the arts children learn to open their imaginations, to dream just a little bigger and to strive everyday to reach those dreams.”  I couldn’t agree more.  The basis of a good Acting and Performing Arts program is one that uses creative play, nurtures individuality, encourages students to think on their feet, make dynamic and interesting choices, to say yes to new ideas and experiences, to be unafraid to take risks, and to express oneself both confidently and articulately.  Drama studies also encourage team-work, cooperation, motivation and discipline as students from diverse and various backgrounds must come together to achieve a common goal.

Personally I know my training in drama and the performing arts have supported me in various endeavours both on and off stage.  Drama and Acting give you the confidence to attack any situation or challenge, to be outgoing, to improvise, be spontaneous, and to think clearly, rationally, and creatively.  As drama students are often asked to examine an array of characters and their relationships to one another, an acute understanding of differing personalities is formed.  This study nurtures an aware and empathetic person able to communicate with others in any situation as they relate openly and honestly to the world around them.  No matter what career path a child ultimately chooses – be it a doctor or lawyer, teacher or business person – the attributes and positive growth that come from the study of Drama and Performing Arts is clearly beneficial to the overall well-rounded individual.

The process and journey of studying any Performing Art is crucial to one’s development.  At The Stage Door Academy we know a child’s love of singing, acting and dancing should always be nurtured and encouraged, as it promotes self-expression and self-confidence, originality and imagination.  These are the skills that a person will carry with them always, and will help them truly reach their full potential for a lifetime!

For more information on our faculty, curriculum and class times please visit us at www.thestagedooracademy.com.  And for the latest Stage Door news please ‘like’ us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/thestagedooracademy

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