Once Upon A Time Group (kindy)
Once Upon A Time is Speak Up Studio’s early childhood story time program for kindy-age students.
The books that are read to us at this age often stay with us for life – you yourself, as parents know this! This program gives little ones the chance to act out their favourite stories in a silly, play-focussed environment. We don’t expect these little monkeys to stand in straight lines and point their toes, but we absolutely adore when they show us how they’re trying so hard to listen carefully to all the wonderful words that their teachers are saying.
Once Upon A Time program is gender neutral and inclusive. Children are able to express themselves, and explore different ways of moving, creating and imagining. The program aims to foster a love of books and stories. The teacher creates an atmosphere where students feel comfortable and safe, so they can play happily in the world of drama and stories.
How long are the classes?
Once Upon A Time classes run for 30 minutes over eight weeks in term time. Classes begin in week two of each term.
What happens in class?
Once Upon a Time classes are spent doing fun and engaging activities, focussed on movement, self expression, storytelling and school readiness. Each Speech and Drama activity (disguised as a game) has the potential to become a small performing opportunity for our Explorers, giving both the keen performers and the budding stage stars the chance to extend their confidence in a safe environment.
Can parents stay and watch?
We prefer if parents do not stay to watch, as your presence can be a little distracting for our students and teachers. We understand that at this age you might be needed until your little one has settled in.
What performing opportunities will my child have?
Once Upon A Time Students perform for mums and dads at the end of every term.
What resources will my child receive?
Each child receives a sturdy Speech and Drama folder when they enrol. The folder is like a giant pencil case. Students receive a wonderful collection of poems and stories throughout the year.
What should my child wear?
Once Upon A Time students are welcome to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in. Creative colours and dress ups are always celebrated at Speak Up!
What are the fees?
Our fees are designed to be EASY! Everything is included in one simple monthly payment of $60.
How many children in a class?
Our optimum class size is 8 students, although many classes are smaller!
Can my child attend a trial class?
Your child is welcome to attend one class before you set up your first monthly payment. This introductory class is not a “free trial” class (we value our teacher’s time too much to give away classes for free) but it is the chance to make sure the class is the right fit before joining the Speak Up family.
What’s the next step in the Speak Up Imagination Curriculum?
When your child has completed Once Upon A Time, the next step is our Explorers program for prep and grade one students. Explorers guides students through their first years at school and supports them as they make friend and have a go at show and tell.
I just wanted to extend a big congratulations and thank you to the team at Speak Up. We thought the performances at the showcase were just brilliant. Not only in their delivery but also the choices made for the kids to make it fun, funny and motivating. The children’s enthusiasm and aplomb was very evident on the night!!! Well done to you all in opening their hearts and minds to the world of theatre and drama. – Bianca (mum, 2017)
Up Next: Explorers Program
Where will we journey to next on our Speak Up Studio tour?The Explorers program for prep and grade one students